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Colorado Fish Species

Arctic Char
Arctic Grayling
Black Bullhead
Black Crappie
Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Bluehead sucker
Bonytail Chub
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Colorado Pikeminnow
Colorado River Cutthroat
Common Carp
Creek Chub
Cutbow Trout
Cutthroat Trout
Emerald Shiner
Flannelmouth Sucker
Flathead Catfish
Flathead Chub
Freshwater Drum
Gizzard Shad
Golden Shiner
Goldfish
Grass Carp
Green Sunfish
Greenback Cutthroat
Hybrid Striped Bass(wiper/palmetto)
Kokanee
Lake Chub
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Longnose Sucker
Mountain Whitefish
Northern Pike
Orangespotted Sunfish
Pumpkinseed
Rainbow Trout
Redear Sunfish
River Carpsucker
Roundtail Chub
Rudd
Sacramento Perch
Sauger
Saugeye
Smallmouth Bass
Splake
Spottail Shiner
Spotted Bass
Striped Bass
Tiger Muskie
Tiger Trout
Walleye
White Bass
White Crappie
White Sucker
Yellow Perch
Yellowstone Cutthroat

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FishExplorer Lakes with Lake Trout
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Lake Trout
The largest of the char family, lake trout, also referred to as Mackinaw, can reach enormous proportions, in the range of 50 inches and 100 pounds.  Lake trout are mostly gray above, with a white belly and creamy mottling on the back, turning in to spots along the sides. Their tail is distinctly forked.
 
Mackinaw, are deep, cold-water fish. During the spring and fall, when the water is still in the 50’s, lakers may be shallow. Lake trout are roamers, moving widely and may go several hundred feet deep. They prefer 50 degrees waters.  Mature lake trout feed primarily on fish.  Younger fish will feed on plankton, crustaceans, and insects.
 
These fall spawners use the same spawning beds.  They deposit their eggs after dark, often on shoals. While they may clean their spawning area, they do not build nest like most salmoniods. Sexual maturity occurs at 6-7 years of age, for this long lived fish, whose life span can exceed 25 years.
Most Recent Lake Trout Forum Posts
Lake Trout on the Fly 11.16.14 by moorefish
Lake Granby 8/24 09.23.14 by moosehead
little lake trout action 09.15.14 by rippinlipps
Jefferson in the ...fall? 09.11.14 by esoxrocks
Fishing for Granby lakers 08.19.14 by Goosehunter82
Jefferson Lake Trout 08.07.14 by Sabino
jefferson 08.02.14 by sailfish
right eye, and a mtn trip 07.26.14 by bratfish
Lake Trout Articles, Blogs, & Podcasts
Blog: Fifteen, But Who’s Counting? – Oh, I Am! 10.17.14 by David Coulson
Blog: Another Satisfied Winter Giveaway Winner 06.10.14 by Tracy Featherston
Blog: Blue Mesa Fishing Report 05.12.14 by Robby Richardson
Blog: Old Guy's continue to rule 01.13.14 by David Coulson
Blog: Granby area fishing report 01.01.14 by Bernie Keefe
Blog: Trouting from a Kayak 12.30.13 by Brady Garrett
Blog: Blue Mesa Fishing Conditions 12.09.13 by Robby Richardson
Blog: Water Levels Effects on Granby 11.09.13 by Bernie Keefe
Blog: Fishing without Bernie... 08.08.13 by Chad LaChance