||Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaychush)
also known as lakers. Lake trout are long-lived and do not reach sexual maturity until 6-8 years of age.
While the average lake trout in Lake Michigan today weighs around seven pounds, some of the larger trophy
fish are three feet long and weigh as much as 25 pounds. Lake trout are usually found on the bottom between
depths of 90 to 250 feet, but may be found at lesser depths when the water temperature is near 48 degrees F.
During the fall months mature lake trout move into shallow waters and reef areas in search of spawning areas.
Shiny metal spoons are successful lake trout lures when fished properly.
Illinois State record Lake Trout 38.4bs