John, I'm interested in the Lake Trout situation in Squam. Last August I took a nice 4.5 lb laker in Little Squam, and a healthy 15 in. one the same day. If they do not spawn, where would a fish like this come from?
Lake Trout do not re-produce in Squam, not enough deep basins F and G tell me.. F and G stocked it with Lakers in the early 90's, now and then someone gets one in the teens and high teens, I assume these are still from that stocking. The biggest I ever caught was 9 pounds about 8 years ago, normaly I get one laker a year 5 to 7 pounds, last year none at all and we put about 24 to 30 hours a week on the lake.. I don't know anyone that targets them specificaly, be interesting if someone experienced in targetting them were to give it a try ??????
We have caught a few that were small, like 18 to 22 inches, maybe a few have spawned and survived ??????????? But I know (heard of) of one bucket biologist that takes a few from Winni and throws them in Squam on a regular basis, so maybe they are from his stockings ????????????
I had a friend that caught one just the other day, about 22", so to say they are not in there I guess is not an accurate statement. There are a few but I dont think they are having any effect on the lake good, bad or otherwise ?
F and G can give you a better explanation why they do no reproduce in that lake, been explained to me a few times, but it dont register tha well, ha-ha. Something about not the right type of deep basins, or not enough. Squam is a shallow lake, maybe 80% less than 30 feet. Little Squam on the otherhand is maybe 80% 50 to 70 feet deep, and allot colder than Big Squam.