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Early ice splake fisheries extend trout season
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 3:42 PM

Benji Wood of Iron Mountain holds a splake taken last year on an Iron County splake lake. (Ziegler photo)
By Bill Ziegler for the Iron County Reporter
IRON COUNTY—  A splake is a hybrid between a lake trout and brook trout. Splake have been used to produce popular trout fisheries in inland lakes that have excessive fish community competition and will not support a strong brook trout and rainbow trout fishery. Splake can compete in what are called two story lakes. In typical two story trout lakes fish species like bass and bluegill or walleye inhabit shallower warmer waters in the summer, and the splake inhabit the cold oxygenated deeper water. Splake have also produced good trout fisheries in near shore waters of the Great Lakes that are accessible to smaller boat anglers and ice anglers.