Dave Bunting sent us these images of Lake Ontario Lakers he caught earlier in the year fishing shallower water. During the summer time Lake Trout can feed in the open lake and often in depths of 80-150′, or more. As fall comes around, many start moving toward harbor/river mouths like the Ganaraska, Credit and Niagara Rivers. The Niagara Bar being one of the hot-spots.
These are a strain of river-running Lake Trout that can spawn in the fast water much like steelhead and migratory brown trout, but also on shoals/shorelines around the mouth of these Great Lakes tributaries. Unlike salmon, when these Lakers move towards the flowing waters, they continue to feed heavily, even as they are spawning so they can be quite easy to catch using live minnows, plastic minnows like the Lunker City Fin-S-Fish & SwimFish, roe bags, imitation single salmon eggs, and streamer flies. Check regulations before targeting Lakers this fall, the season in Zone 20 closes Oct.1 and opens again Dec. 1.