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1. What size / type of spoons do you use casting for lake trout from piers? I heard little Cleos 3/4 oz but they look pretty big. Do 3/4 oz Cleos work for steelhead too? Anyone use ko wobblers or moonshine for lakers?
Are moonshine spoons more of a night time thing?

2. What pound line do you use? Are lake trout line shy?

3. do crankbait deep divers work for lakers? any favorites ?
 

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You won't find alot of folks who know much about fishing for lake trout in the Great Lakes on this BB. However, I've done my share, primarily in Lake Superior (Marquette). I would toss K-O wobblers at dusk and dawn from the piers. Usually either 1/2 or 3/4 oz. Little Cleo's work well too. They are a real good alewife imitation and worked well for steehead in Lake Michigan. I had more confidence in K-O wobblers for lake trout. My sense is that either will work.

Use 12lb test line, but 10 or 15 is okay. I would not go any heavier or lighter than those three.. Not sure if the fish are line shy, but heavier line doesn't cast very well. And you're going to need to get some distance if you want to cast from the piers. More distance = more fish. Also, I had alot of success with jigs. A 1/2 or 3/4 oz white jig tipped with a plastic curly tail worked very well for salmon. Trying twitching a jig if salmon are around.

I've never heard of moonshine spoons, and crankbaits don't cast very far. Again, you need distance.

Good luck.
 

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1. What size / type of spoons do you use casting for lake trout from piers? I heard little Cleos 3/4 oz but they look pretty big. Do 3/4 oz Cleos work for steelhead too? Anyone use ko wobblers or moonshine for lakers?
Are moonshine spoons more of a night time thing?

2. What pound line do you use? Are lake trout line shy?

3. do crankbait deep divers work for lakers? any favorites ?
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You going to ludington? I grew up fishing that one. number 5 white and blue strip buzz bombs casted out let sink to bottom and then reel and jig. worked great
 

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I think the best size spoon may well be the size that is the upper range for the rod you cast with - you'll get the best distance. I've caught lake trout on the surface on Hopkins spoons in the Boundry Waters in June, not long after ice out. I can't remember which size, likely either 1/2 or 3/4 oz. We'd see the fish swirl on the surface, then cast to them, pretty fun. They went deeper by mid-June.
 
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