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After the king salmon, these were my 2nd largest catch by species -- a 36 lb. (L.) & a 32 lb. (R.) lake trout from Toobally Lake, Yukon Terr, circa mid-1980s. I don't have any of my slides scanned, so these are scans of not-so-hot snapshots my host had on his FB page. The biggest now hangs on my wall


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After the king salmon, these were my 2nd largest catch by species -- a 36 lb. (L.) & a 32 lb. (R.) lake trout from Toobally Lake, Yukon Terr, circa mid-1980s. I don't have any of my slides scanned, so these are scans of not-so-hot snapshots my host had on his FB page. The biggest now hangs on my wall


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Those are some great looking Macks! Don't see to many like that anymore.
 

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Those are some great looking Macks! Don't see to many like that anymore.
It's a fly-in lake about 40-50 miles from Watson Lake. When I was there -- twice --there were only two small lodges on it. I would bet that lake still has some lakers that big and maybe bigger. It also has a very large population of hungry northerns. Nothing to catching a couple dozen a day, and I'm not talking about hammer handles. Most are in the 8 to 15 lb. range. It's been a long time, but I seem to recall catching several pushing 20. It's lots of fun because the water is so clear, you can watch the pike chase & take a lure even in 15 feet of water.
 
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The most fun I ever had fishing was a week I spent at a fly-in lodge on the Hotlitna River in Alaska. We caught a couple species of salmon, and one day we flew to a place to catch sheefish -- the tarpon of the north -- which was the topic of the article I was doing for Outdoor Life.

Best of all, another day we poled our way thru a 7' wide, 1/2-mile long shallow channel into a tiny back slough filled with reeds. The open water was about 40 yds. across. Once we anchored in the center, we never moved the boat. We got there at 7 a.m & didn't quit fishing until 10 pm. Over that time, we boated 102 northern pike over 8 lbs. with most between 10 to 15 pounds using nothing but bass-type spinnerbaits I had brought along. The backstory on that choice is kind of humorous in itself.

I've probably landed a few thousand pike over the years but could never break the 25 lb. mark. This is the closest I have come at 23 lb. on that day

Here's a not-so-good scan of a 35mm slide of that one.

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On my trophy room wall....

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I think I have enough springers now, and it’s getting busy where I’m fishing, but I won’t complain about a limit of good eats... I think it’s time to switch gears and switch to summer steelhead
 

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Know how you get too cool for stuff as a kid that's actually awesome? I definitely thought kayak fishing was for nerds who like to go slow while I was chasing pelagics offshore in high school and college... but all of the fish below cost a combined $0 in maintenance, fuel, property taxes, titling/registration fees and launch fees. Not to mention yaks get you into some great spots that are no gos for boats, and it's about the most relaxing way out there to get on the water.

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I decided I'd better explain the double catch above. It was right before dawn, and I was tossing a surface bait with two treble hooks. The biggest of the two fish ingested it where several hooks became embedded. So while my trusty Mex. guide was trying to get it all freed, I picked up another rod with a spinnerbait attached and nailed the 2nd fish on the first cast. Both were released.
 

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Two WNC mountain creek browns. Both 18” and both released back alive.
 

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So far this season we’ve just been fishing for rainbows. Seen a few kings roll and the subsistence nets have picked up some reds and kings. I have yet to get anyone over 30 inches but lots of 26 inch fish
 

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I think I have enough springers now, and it’s getting busy where I’m fishing, but I won’t complain about a limit of good eats... I think it’s time to switch gears and switch to summer steelhead

Looks like you and your wife did quite well on the springers, congrats!
 

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This morning produced the first grizz encounter. He popped up behind the beaver den as we approached. We gave him the run to fish.
 

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So far this season we’ve just been fishing for rainbows. Seen a few kings roll and the subsistence nets have picked up some reds and kings. I have yet to get anyone over 30 inches but lots of 26 inch fish
what part of AK are you from? that ain't a Pendleton rainbow :cool: dang nice fish!
 
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