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    Default Lures for Lakers?

    I don't generally do too much fishing - can't handle the crowds on the salmon streams. I'm mostly a hunter. On my sheep hunt this year, I will be dropped at a lake that has lake trout in it. If the sheep hunt goes well in the early stages, I would like to be able to try and hook up with a laker or two. I have a little Diawa Mini Spin system that breaks down into a back pack case I plan to take.

    Soooo, my stupid questions are...

    1. Is this enough pole to use?

    2. What lures or bait should I take? Any suggestions on types and sizes. I was assuming some Meps and rooster tails in a mid size.

    Thanks for your input.
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    Lakers are pretty powerful fish...even a 2 pounder will battle hard...stick with light/medium action rods and 8lb. line at a minimum.

    As for bait I`d use herring or guts from something. For lures...the Mepps Cyclops in a variety of sizes, Daredevils, and FSTs work well. Slow retreive near bottom or jigging if you have the time. I (friends too) have never caught one on a spinner and I`ve been fishing remote Laker lakes for years.

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    I use herring, Rapala magnums, and daredevils. Last year I caught a 30 inch laker on a 1 oz. red and white daredevil.

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    Where will you be fishing and at what time?

    Jigging with white buck tail jigs tipped with a 3" twister tail or Berkley Gulp Minnows in 3 or 4 inch works well. Big spoons such as Luhr Jensen 1/2 waves in the larger sizes, DaredevleHusky Devles and the larger Len Thompsen's along with K15/16 Kwikfish and T50 and up Flatfish are good trolling baits. Run the Kwikfish/Flatfish with large bottom bouncers, snap weights or banana weights (3 to 6 ounces) to get them deep. If you have a medium heavy baitcaster with 20# line this would be a good setup.
    For casting a 10 or 12# rig wold be best. For casting 3/4 to 1 ounce Dardevles, Len Thompsen's and Pixies work well.
    Depending on your timing the fish could be moving shallow to spawn and will be found around shoals in 8 to 15 feet of water. If you are going in August look for deeper humps (40 to 60 feet) with dropoffs into 80 or 100 feet or deeper.
    I have caught hundreds of lakers on spinners while fishing shallow for Grayling. My favorite spinners are #3 Vibrax in all gold or all silver. My biggest laker while fishing shallow Grayling is 16 pounds on a 5 foot ultra light rod on 4 pound test. It took 1/2 an hour to 45 minutes to land and we had to chase it about 1/4 mile with the boat.

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    If you are fishing them in september or october the best way to get them, in my opinion, is go night or early morning fishing from shore. You just rig up a herring and just let it sit on a ROCKY bottom in 20-30 feet of water. If you reel in and there is weeds on your hook, you should probably move.

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    Lakers usually hang around the bottom and I have found that jigging a sliver spoon or pearl Swedish pimple to be effective with a super braid and a musky rod. The best jig is a swim beetle but I'd bet it would be difficult to find one in Ak. If you cant find them you can get them here. This a little bait shop near my house. The owner is a good guy and he runs a good business. http://www.outdoorallure.com/product...flybeetle.html

    They are designed to have herring fillets clipped on but lake shiners work also as does plastic twist tails.

    Good Luck

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    I fish em every year and anything with neon/bright green or yellow for some reason just knocks em dead. For me anyway. Thats plenty of pole you just might have to beef up ur line and play em a bit.

    I attached this pic of my Dad on a fly out drop sheep hunt back in the 80's. It was 12 lbs. He caught quite a few on that trip. He also got his ram.
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    Thanks for the input. We will be there in early to mid August. I'm going to take a heavier rod and go do some shopping for tackle. I appreciate your help.
    Everything that lives and moves will be food for you.
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