Credit: Gordon Court
- Common name: Lake Trout
- Scientific name: Salvelinus namaycush
- Order: Salmoniformes
- Subfamily: Salmoninae
Also known as
Laker, Namaycush, Mackinaw, Lake Char
- Lake Trout are found in nearly all Yukon lakes. You might see them feed in shallow water during the two to three week period after the ice goes out.
- Interestingly, Lake Trout are not found in northeastern Beringia, otherwise known as parts of the Yukon that were not glaciated.
- More deeply forked tail than other char.
- Varies from almost black to greyish or very light green and is sometimes silvery.
- Heavily spotted with irregularly shaped light spots on back, sides, dorsal, and caudal fins.
- Length: 40 to 100 cm
- Weight: 1 to 20 kg
- Habitat: Freshwater
- Yukon: S4 (Apparently Secure)
- Global: G5 (Secure)
Yukon population estimate
As their name implies, Lake Trout live almost exclusive in lakes, rarely in rivers. They are a slow growing fish with a low reproduction rate. Fish weighing as little as 1 kg can be found to be more than 30 years old. They spawn in the autumn on rocky shoals.
Aquatic insects, molluscs, crustaceans and fish.
Trout and people
- Lake Trout, along with Arctic Grayling, are the most frequently sought and harvested fish in the Yukon.
- Lake Trout in the Yukon are very carefully managed due to their slow growth and low reproduction rates.
- Review of the status of Yukon’s commercial lake trout and lake whitefish fishing industry (2019)
- Fish Lake 2012: Lake Trout Population & Multi-Year SPIN Survey Comparison (2014)
- Lake Trout Population Assessment Methods: A Comparison of SPIN and Mark-Recapture - Caribou Lake 2012 (2014)
- Lake Trout - Summer Profundal Index Netting (SPIN) (2011)