Little Trout Lake
St. Louis County - Minnesota
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What kind of fish can you catch in Little Trout Lake?
Other fish species in the lake include Cisco (Tullibee) and White Sucker.
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History & Status of the Fishery
Little Trout is a deep and clear lake in Voyageur National Park. The 271 acre lake has a maximum depth of 95 feet, and approximately 29% of the lake is less than 15 feet deep. This scenic lake has a shoreline that is heavily forested with some exposed rock. Little Trout is accessed via a short but fairly steep portage between Grassy Bay of Sand Point Lake and the south end of Little Trout Lake. In order to minimize the risk of spreading invasive species in the park, no outside watercraft are allowed on Little Trout.
The Northern Pike population seems to be characterized by low numbers and large average size. Of the small sample collected during this assessment, Pike averaged over 28 inches.
High Smallmouth Bass numbers in the net catches indicate that they are abundant in Little Trout Lake. The average size is about 13 inches, but fish over 17 inches were sampled. Growth of these fish is above average for the International Falls Management Area, and recruitment seems to be consistent as there were several year classes present.
Walleye numbers were also good, with a lot of large fish sampled. An average Walleye was three pounds and over 21 inches. Growth is well above the International Falls average and is likely due to the presence of a good forage base of Cisco. There are likely to be some trophy sized fish in Little Trout, however, the extremely clear water may make catching Walleye more difficult than expected.
Most of the management activity that has occurred on Little Trout Lake has involved Lake Trout. These fish were stocked from 1965 through 2006, but have never been highly abundant. A study researching the genetics of Lake Trout indicated that the stocking program may be hurting the native population's ability to reproduce successfully, so stocking was discontinued to see if there was a self-sustaining population present in Little Trout. Lake Trout numbers have declined since then.
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