Splake fishing is one of the most exciting fishing. Well they are not runners or anything but they do put on a hell of a fight. I explain them to most fisherman they are like piranha. They are VERY aggressive. When they want the bait they want the bait.
The splake (Salvelinus namaycush X Salvelinus fontinalis) is a hybrid of two fish species resulting from the crossing of a male brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) and a female lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush). The name itself is a portmanteau of speckled trout (another name for brook trout) and lake trout, and may have been used to describe such hybrids as early as the 1880s. Hybrids of the male lake trout with the female brook trout (the so-called "brookinaw") have also been produced, but are not as successful
Slightly deep-bodied fish
Intermediate between brook trout and lake trout
Light spots on dark background, some red spots but lacking the blue halo
Slightly forked tail (not usually deeply forked like the tail of a lake trout)
The only way to positively distinguish splake is to count the pyloric caeca (finger-like projections of the intestine): splake (65 to 85); brook trout (23 to 55); lake trout (93 or more)
Splake (also known as wendigo) are a hatchery hybrid of speckled (or brook) trout and lake trout – hence the name. They have been stocked in much of Ontario, in lakes that have marginal habitat for either lake trout or brook trout. Splake generally grow faster than either lake trout or brook trout.
Water temperature is a key factor in determining splake habitat. Like both their parents, splake need a year-round supply of cold, clear water, but can generally tolerate less desirable habitat like low pH waters.
During spring, just after ice-out, splake can be found in shallow water and can be caught near the surface with light tackle or flies. As the water temperature rises, the trout move out into deeper water to feed on minnows and other fish at or near the thermocline. Like brook trout, splake can be shy and spooky, but will also take a range of small minnow-imitating plugs as well as small, flashy spoons and spinners. Ice fishing for splake can also be very successful.
Small minnow, earthworms, jigs, spoons, spinners, small plugs
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