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Old 10-05-2020, 01:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know Lake Trout need deep, cool and relatively clear lakes to survive, but how deep does it need to get? I have been searching for a lake pretty close to Winnipeg to take the kids for Lake Trout this year and I have settled on West Hawk as being the most convenient and easiest to manage taking 3 little kids to. However, my search has left me with some questions.

For example, Davidson Lake in Nopiming has some lakers in it, but it has a fairly small area where it seems to get around 72 feet deep from what I can tell. Falcon Lake might not be as clear, but it has a waaaaaay larger area of deep water and it gets deeper than Davidson and it has a tonne of forage fish. What factors kept Trout out of Falcon (where if I am not mistaken, an attempt was made to stock them a long time ago) but allowed them to grow a spawning population in Davidson?
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Great question!

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Iím thinking over 100 ft.


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Laurie Lake has a decent population of lakers. It's pretty deep though it's not huge. I met with some of the fishery management people on the shore there once and they said they were stocked there and the population became self sustaining.

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Mid Lake has Lakers no? Can't imagine it's close to 100 ft
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Mid Lake has Lakers no? Can't imagine it's close to 100 ft

Stocked perhaps I canít see natural ones in a non oligotrophic lake.
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Splake was stocked years ago and people think Lakers got mixed in as there is a very healthy population of new smaller fish
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