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Do Lakers relate to daylight like walleyes and crappies? Is most of the action in the low light hours or do they typically bite better in mid day light? I'm making a laker trip next month and I just want to know if I can be lazy and sleep in a little and leave before it gets dark. I'm there to fish first so if low light is the magic hour I'll be there. I just want to make sure that it's worth my time.

Also, do lakers typically bite better on sunny or cloudy days? Or doesn't it matter at all?

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Just had two lakers brought into the shop today, one this morning about 10:30 that was 29 inches long, 10lbs 9ozs, and another at 2:35 pm that was around 25 inches that weighed 5 lbs 3 ozs. Today is overcast. Last Sunday, also overcast, a 10lb+, 6lb, and a 4lb+. All fish were from Burntside. Don't know if this is a coincidence or not.

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In Ontario we fish trout on various lakes all day for days at a time. As long as weather patterns stay relatively stable, I have never noticed any "magic hours" or anything like that. They seem to bite all day if they're biting, and if they're not they will come look at your bait and leave ALL DAY, which is pretty frustrating.

One thing I've noticed since fishing lakers using a Vex is how many fish you can actually see. Before sonar, it seemed lakers were more of a "few and far between" fish, but once they did hit they would crush whatever was on the end of your line. Now you can see numerous fish come up, look, chase, and bump baits and leave just like a walleye or crappie.

Anyways...If it were me I would get out before it's fully light and fish all day, laker fishing is a patient sport that requires putting in some hours.

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Not sure if there is really a pattern or not, but I definitely agree with the comment about stable weather being a key... That being said though I personally have always had the best luck on bright sunny days. No particular times have produced better than others for me, but they definitely seem to come through in waves...

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I'll agree with stable weather. High winds seem to turn them off and that could be because its a front moving in. Or maybe its because I'm holed up in the shelter and reluctant to move during unfavorable weather.

I think lake trout will scavenge a meal at night but not actively hunt. In fact I've caught many lake trout at night in the Spring with a smelt on the bottom while sitting around camp. As others have said lake trout will bite all day long when they're biting and thats so true. While I've seen a good bite all day I've also experienced good bites during different periods throughout the day. Best advice is to stick it out because it could happen at any time.

If your not seeing fish move on the same structure your on but to a different depth and location on that structure. Next move would be to another area all together and then maybe come back later in the day.

Being organized with your equipment and gear makes bugging out more efficient with less down time between setups, its also psychologically easier when your stuff its organized and equipment in top condition, meaning your more apt to move. When moving around I just flip the Otter over and don't collapse the poles. Your auger should be running good and have sharp blades. My Nils Master being lightweight and fast makes drilling a series of holes about as easy as it gets, saves time and energy and again I'm more apt to move because of it.

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