On a recent trip on Flack Lake, north of Elliot Lake, Ontario, we had the good fortune to dial in early for lake trout. Our host for this trip was Laurentian Lodge – a fantastic family and pet friendly facility with clean spacious cottages, dining and reception facilities, hotel rooms, tennis court, boat launch and docking, a small beach and a beautiful waterfall to swim in.
A second overcast day with no wind saw us limit out early with blue and silver and green and silver spoons at 30 to 35 feet. Fish size picked up somewhat with three in the 18 to 20 inch range. These were oven baked to feed the group later that day. It was interesting to note that one of the trout was stuffed with three 3”-4” inch rock bass. A late evening troll saw seven more caught and released. The largest we caught was 21 inches but larger fish can be found, with pictures of a 46 lbs beast taken in May posted in the lodge.
Our final day was a side trip to Quirk Lake, about 15 km southeast of Laurentian Lodge. Quirk is a large, deep lake just north of Elliot Lake (surface temperature 71 F, 12 feet of visibility) with many islands and a spectacular set of rock cliffs. Downrigger depths of 70 to 80 feet produced six healthy lake trout ranging from 20 to 24 inches. Later in the day we were able to sight fish for northern pike in a shallow bay at the mouth of the Serpent River.
The staff and facilities at Laurentian Lodge are truly excellent and the fishing was great, well worth the drive!