When the mackinaw weren’t biting on Lake Tahoe one morning, I put an Okuma Water Wolf camera down to see what the heck was going on. What I saw was totally unexpected…
Talk about a monster! Here’s an 83-pound Lake Trout (mackinaw) from Great Bear Lake in the NW Territories!
The massive best was harvested in a gill net by Deline First Nation. They apparently tried to revive the fish but it was already dead.
The All-Tackle rod and reel record for lake trout also came from Great Bear and weighed 72 pounds, so this fish would gave obliterated the record had it been caught with hook and line.
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One of my favorite ways to prepare mackinaw — and you can do this with any trout or salmon you catch — is to make “McNuggets.” Lightly breaded, pan-grilled fish nuggets are always a big hit with kids and adults alike and they super easy to make!
Start by filleting and skinning your fish, and removing as many bones as possible. Then, pat dry your fillets and then salt and pepper both sides.
Next, cut them into nuggets. Toss the fish chunks in a zip-loc with flour until they are evenly coated…
Then, place the chunks on paper towels to soak up any excess oil…
And then serve to the hungry masses. The kids like to dip them in ketchup while I prefer sweet chili sauce.
We just never know exactly what’s happening under the surface do we? I was over a big school of mackinaw on Lake Tahoe the other day and they didn’t want to bite. It seemed as if they had no interest whatsoever in our gear.
Boy was I wrong! I dropped my trusty Okuma WaterWolf camera down there and found that the curious little buggers were, indeed, very interested in my gear…more specifically my sinker! Check it out!
With summer salmon prospects not looking too hot this early summer, I’m fired up to be working back up on Lake Tahoe again, where I’m running super light tackle jigging trips.
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Summer mackinaw fishing on the big lake is a great escape from the summer heat and the fishing is usually very good!
With the right gear/techniques, macks are really fun to catch…and they are awesome on the grill. Here’s some visual inspiration for ya…
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