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Flat Line Trolling for Lake Trout in the Morning

It’s bright and early, and we’re out here on Lake Ontario flat line trolling for lake trout. We had every fisherman’s good luck sign come true: got a hook up on the first cast!

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Flat Line Trolling for Lake Trout in the Morning

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Water temp is 41 degrees Fahrenheit out here on Lake Ontario this morning. The technique today is quick and simple. We ran the American Smelt crankbaits attached straight to the line. No weights, no down riggers, no planar boards. Just let flat-lining.

We’re trolling in about 20-25 feet deep water at the mouth of the Niagara River, at about 2.5mph. We’re letting out most of our fishing line, as we want our bait as far from the boat as possible as to not spook the fish.

To gain maximum depth with the lure, keep your rod tip down while trolling for lake trout. If you have your rod in something like a rod holder which keeps the tip high in the air, it’ll pull your crankbait higher, and out of the lower strike zone.

Rod tip down, 2.5mps, and give your line a little twitch every so often to give the lure an added bit of life. Some trick on flat lining for lake trout!

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Until next time, good luck and good fishin’!

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