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    Is it possible to catch lake trout with a float tube? Do you need a boat? I haven't tried to catch lake trout before and so I don't know.

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    No you do not need a boat especially if the lake is on the smaller side like Hidden on the KP.
    You can even catch lakers from shore in the early and late season.
    As with most open water laker fishing you are wise to have some kind of fish finder to locate drop offs, humps, bait etc.

    Now if you are talking "Lake Trout" ie. rainbow trout that live in lakes the same applies.

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    Really! Just wonderin which shore you have caught lake trout from on Hidden Lake. I been fishin that lake for many many years and never have I seen anybody catch one from the boat launch side of the lake. Care to share a secret? Please send me a PM. Thanx... "Fishon"

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    No you do not need a boat especially if the lake is on the smaller side like Hidden on the KP.
    You can even catch lakers from shore in the early and late season.
    As with most open water laker fishing you are wise to have some kind of fish finder to locate drop offs, humps, bait etc.

    Now if you are talking "Lake Trout" ie. rainbow trout that live in lakes the same applies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob the fisher View Post
    Really! Just wonderin which shore you have caught lake trout from on Hidden Lake. I been fishin that lake for many many years and never have I seen anybody catch one from the boat launch side of the lake. Care to share a secret? Please send me a PM. Thanx... "Fishon"
    I didn't say I had caught form shore on Hidden but I have on Kenai.

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    it is not impossible but it will be very hard , to catch a laker from a float tube the odds are not with you , the lake I think you can do it is the
    Tangle lake out of Paxton would be your best place late at night . they come in close to feed on the inlet or outlet streams
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    I have caught a few out of a tube before, just fish big tube jigs over underwater structure tipped with some kind of fish. No matter how you fish for them patience is the key ingredient as lakers can be frustrating.


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    I've caught lakers from shore before, and they weren't even in a lake.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    I've caught lakers from shore before, and they weren't even in a lake.....
    Me too, at the mouth of Notellum creek
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoose35 View Post
    Me too, at the mouth of Notellum creek
    Hah, that's funny. Me too, I've also caught them from shore on a lake and at the outlet of a lake. Best bet is very early in the spring right after the ice melts until about the third or fourth week of June. Although I have caught them in the first week of July as well. Spoons and jigs work well with a spinning rod and smolt and sculpin patterns work well with a flyrod. The best time to catch them is late evening (around midnight). They seem to come in more shallow about that time. You can sometimes hear them boiling at the surface. Oh, and the rainbows in a lake are not Lake Trout. Lake Trout are technically more closely related to a char. I hear guys referring to rainbows in lakes as "Lake Trout" and it bothers me. Sorry, I guess it is just one of my pet peeves. Most lakes that have Lake Trout are big, choppy water. I probably wouldn't want to venture too far out into a big lake with a float tube, but if you want to, I see no reason why you couldn't catch one. In deep water I would probably use crocodile spoons and let them sink to about 40 ft. before you retrieve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob the fisher View Post
    Really! Just wonderin which shore you have caught lake trout from on Hidden Lake. I been fishin that lake for many many years and never have I seen anybody catch one from the boat launch side of the lake. Care to share a secret? Please send me a PM. Thanx... "Fishon"
    A friend of mine used to do it from the boat launch side every year.
    He used smaller red Vibrax or Mepps style spinners.
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    Byers Lake up in Denali State park might be worthwhile. If you don't catch any, at least you have a beautiful lake to float on.

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    Pack Rafts work well.

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    Riton Riton, I must not be holdin my mouth rite. I will take your advise and give it a try. Thanx... "Fishon"

    Quote Originally Posted by kasilofchrisn View Post
    A friend of mine used to do it from the boat launch side every year.
    He used smaller red Vibrax or Mepps style spinners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hoose35 View Post
    Me too, at the mouth of Notellum creek
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhack Jack View Post
    Oh, and the rainbows in a lake are not Lake Trout. Lake Trout are technically more closely related to a char. I hear guys referring to rainbows in lakes as "Lake Trout" and it bothers me. Sorry, I guess it is just one of my pet peeves.
    Yes, a rainbow is a rainbow no matter where it lives. Just like a steelhead is a steelhead.......and we all know the difference between them and a rainbow.........right? At least a steelhead would be A LOT closer to a rainbow than a lake trout. If anybody wants to call a lake trout anything else it would be a Mackinaw.

    And then you have dollies and char.......lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by rlfereba View Post
    Is it possible to catch lake trout with a float tube?
    It's been done before. The big ones will take you for a ride you'll not soon forget!

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    That's a beautiful fish! What make and model is that pack raft?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rlfereba View Post
    That's a beautiful fish! What make and model is that pack raft?
    It is a "Big Rig" but that raft is no longer made.

    We now use the PR49 sold by Larry Bartlett of Pristine Adventures in Fairbanks.
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