Canada’s 11 all-time top lures for brookies, browns, cutthroats, lakers and rainbows

Canada’s 11 all-time top lures for brookies, browns, cutthroats, lakers and rainbows

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Eppinger Huskie Delve

Eppinger Huskie Delve

At 5½ inches long and weighing a hefty 3¼ ounces, the Huskie Devle is the full-meal deal, making it the go-to spoon at lake trout fishing lodges for decades. In fact, the long-standing debate at renowned Plummer’s Arctic Lodges has been whether it’s the number one all-time lure for trophy lakers. This broad spoon has a wide, thumping wobble when trolled or allowed to free-fall, tightening as you increase the trolling speed. It comes in myriad colours, but the classic red/white stripe remains the most popular. I landed my personal best laker on a pink model, and while the colour may have been different, the odds are your largest lake trout also fell for a Huskie Devle.

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Catch: Lake trout

Where: Lakes with populations of large fish

When: Throughout the open-water season

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How: Troll at slow to moderate speeds, occasionally allowing the spoon to free-fall on an open spool; also cast over shoals or along rocky shorelines