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Been a great 2 weeks of nice weather and easy catching.
Takes less than an hour to limit most days.
No ANS inspections...It's almost like going back in time to the good old days.
With another high water year Granby's doing what it does best.
The fish are still piled up, sex and food is keeping it going.
 

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Good looking smoker there full of eater sized fish. I always look forward to this time of year for the laker bite.

Do you smoke lake trout different than other fish? I've only smoked salmon and rainbows, laker meat seems much more oily. I have been wondering if it needs to be prepared or cooked differently?
 

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Do you smoke lake trout different than other fish? I've only smoked salmon and rainbows, laker meat seems much more oily. I have been wondering if it needs to be prepared or cooked differently?
I use the same method as Salmon, the natural oil in the Lakers is what makes them one of the best fish smoked, thats the best Omega 3 you can find.
I use a pretty basic brine of Brown sugar and salt, added some pure maple syrup and going with apple wood this time. I don't like Teriyaki or adding too much to the brine. Drying the fish overnight helps it should be tacky but not wet when you start smoking.
I go with just 3 or 4 hours of smoke so it's not overpowering.
 

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Had a couple cff members stop by and say hi yesterday afternoon. Was a good excuse to get the boat wet and bloody again.
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Awesome report, I'm going to be there Saturday looking for some big mommas.
I was planning either a pike or laker trip, but something has come up and I need to be home this weekend...
 

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Steve how big/old do you think that fish is?


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I didn't measure him but he looked like about 35"s
We've recaptured tagged fish that size recorded from 20-40 years old.
Some switch to a fish diet and grow and some are perfectly happy with a Mysis shrimp diet with very slow growth. The tagged large fish grew an average of a half inch a year. A 20" Laker could be 10-20 years old.
 
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