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Species

There are three main species of fish found at Milton, Walker, and Misekumaw Lake, as well as our other lakes and rivers.

Arctic grayling:

  • Thymallus arcticus, also known as bluefish and arctic trout;
  • Prefer cold, clear waters of large rivers and rocky creeks, like the mouth of the Porcupine River where it enters Milton Lake; seldom found in deep water;
  • Two- to three-pounders often taken in northern Canada; grow up to 16 or 17 inches;
  • World record is 5 pounds 15 ounces, North West Territories, Canada, in 1967.

Lake trout:

  • Salvelinus namaycush;
  • Need cold, clear, well-oxygenated water; in summer will move to depths of 50 to 100 feet, but can be found at 20 feet or less in spring and fall;
  • May reach age of 40 years, and in cold lakes may take 15 years to reach two pounds; typically grow up to just under three feet in length, and 40 to almost 50 pounds;
  • World record is 72 pounds caught in Great Bear Lake, North West Territories, Canada, on August 19, 1995; a 102-pound lake trout was taken in a gillnet in northern Saskatchewan in 1961.

Northern pike:

  • Esox lucius, better known as jack, jackfish, or great northern pike;
  • Live in almost any type of fresh water, from shallow marshes to coldwater streams; reach greatest abundance in weedy bays of natural lakes and rivers with heavy weed growth;
  • In the north, can live up to 25 years; grow to 50 inches in the north, and can weigh up to 35 pounds;
  • World record is 55 pounds 1 ounce in Lake of Grefeern, Germany, on October 16, 1986.