Size of Lake Trout
It is a noteworthy fact that many of the "big trout" stories industriously circulated every year, particularly fish tales from Maine and Canada, are founded upon the more or less skillful and authentic capture of a good-sized lake trout on trolling tackle and not upon the taking of a brook trout, fontinalis, on the fly. Of course, in the waters of Maine and Canada, some very large brook trout are taken quite frequently by fly-fishermen, trout running from three to six pounds and, far less frequently, heavier than that.
Anglers who specialize on lake trout fishing consider a six-pound fish a small one. Anglers who specialize on fly-fishing for brook trout, it goes without saying, do not consider a six-pound fish a small one. Consequently, if you are a worthy and hard-working fly-caster with, as yet, a two-pound trout as your record fish, do not be unduly shocked when a friend reputedly not over-skillful in angling affairs writes you from the North Woods that he has captured an "eight-pound trout." In every case where the catch is simply hazily reported as "a trout" it is well to examine the facts before bestowing possibly unearned laurels. In some localities the lake trout is called "togue," and in others it is variously known as "lunge" (very easy to confuse with the muskellunge), "tulade”, "gray trout," "Mackinaw," "laker," and "salmon trout." The lake trout should never be called a "salmon trout" for the reason stated in the following paragraph.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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