Fish Species Spotlight:Lake Trout MackinawMackinaw – Lake TroutTrolling for Mackinaw (Lake Trout)Dodger / Flasher - Medium to Large Silver DodgerDepth - 30 ft to 150 ftLocation - Deep WaterLure - Imitation Minnow StickbaitsHook Tipped With - Live MinnowScent - NoneWorld Record Lake Trout MackinawThe world record sized Lake Trout Mackinaw ever caught, as per the International Game Fish Association, was caught in 1995 and it weighed in at 72 lbs. It was caught in Great Bear Lake, in the Northwest Territories in Canada. Thought there was an unofficial Mackinaw that weighted in at 102 lbs.•Weight - 72 lbs (another unofficial Mackinaw weighed in at 102 lbs)•Location - Great Bear Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada •Catch Date- 1995How To Catch A Big Mackinaw Or Lake TroutThere are many different ways to catch those big Lakers ranging from top lining the regular trout gear and a worm or minnow to downrigging the deep water with a dodger or J plug to long lining a Rapala or AC plug to Jigging the depths with a Gibbs minnow or torpedo or even a minnow. We have caught macs using every technique we know and have a great time no matter which method we use. NOTE-Minnows are only allowed to be used in the lakes in the Tahoe basin. You may only use the minnows caught from the lake you are fishing and may not transport them to other lakes. Read your local Regulations before using any live bait. Late fall to late spring the action seems to be on top. Top lining a Rapala f-18 or an AC plug will produce fish this time of year but later in the season you will need to get down deep for the fish. Early summer to fall the Macs are down deep feeding on tiny freshwater shrimp. They will take your bait if presented in front of them. Watch your sonar for fish right on the bottom and slow troll through them. The fish will be stacked up in areas where there are drop offs and ledges. I like to use a large dodger with a 14-18 inch leader with a size 4 steelhead or salmon hook and a small minnow. Your bait does not need to be alive. You can use scent and the action of the dodger will make the minnow move around even if it's dead. Anything from swimbaits to J-plugs can also be affective on the wire. If you don’t have downriggers you can set up a 3 way swivel with a short dropper line to an 8 or 10 oz. lead ball to reach the depths.See more fishing tackle in ourFishing Gear and Tackle store.Disclosure: This post is brought to you by the Mendenhall Outdoors team. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. If you click a link on this page, then go on to make a purchase, we might receive a commission – at no extra cost to you, and does not impact the purchase price of any products that you may purchase.