Sure, Lake Trout are best known as a cold-water species, but this trip got a little ridiculous.
After three days of fishing on Lake of the Woods in sunny and calm conditions with temps in the mid-80s, a nasty September cold front -- complete with rain, snow and ice -- forced North American Fisherman TV host Steve Pennaz off the water for two days while filming an episode of the NBC Sports Channel show last week.
"We could not fish in open areas during the storms," Pennaz said.
Despite the front, Pennaz and Berkley’s Hunter Cole found fish holding in 65-80 feet of water, landing six averaging 15 pounds in a couple hours.
"We vertically jigged 4-inch white Berkley tubes (Hollow Belly and Flippin’ tubes) on 1-oz. jigheads, using 12-pound NanoFil line with a 4-foot, 15-pound fluorocarbon leader," said Pennaz.
As the front passed September 14, Pennaz recorded some cell-phone video (link to video) while fishing Whitefish Bay, on Lake of the Woods' Ontario side.
Scott Boos of Northwest Angle Guide Service offered some tips on locations, but wasn’t part of the on-the-water-fun during the storm.
View a photo album of photos from the trip here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150293647852282.331302.72111127281&type=1
Learn more about lake trout here: http://www.fishingclub.com/my-nafc/fishing-wiki.aspx?topic=lake+trout+and+splake
Learn more about North American Fisherman TV here: http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/42456467/ns/sports-outdoors/
Learn more about Northwest Angle Guide Service here: http://www.nwaguideservice.com/Cold