Lake trout—which need deep, cold and clear waters to survive—aren’t a readily available species in this part of the world, but there’s a small lake near Redby, Minn., in the Red Lake Indian Reservation that holds some respectable lakers.
Green Lake only covers about 30 acres, but it’s clear and deep with a natural population of herring, and the Red Lake Band of Chippewa manages the lake for lake trout, maintaining the population by periodic stocking.
Pat Brown, tribal biologist for the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, shared a couple of photos with me today of a stocking effort they completed earlier this week on Green Lake. Using “brood stock” from the Iron River National Fish Hatchery in Wisconsin, crews stocked nearly 300 lake trout ranging from 3 pounds to 12 pounds.
Despite its small size, Green Lake has been known to produce lake trout in the 20-pound class.
While Lower Red Lake and the tribal portion of Upper Red Lake only are open to members of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, nontribal members can fish more than 25 small lakes—including Green Lake—within reservation boundaries by purchasing a nonresident license and hiring a tribal guide.
I had a chance to fish another small lake in the reservation — Kinney Lake — on Monday with Daris Rosebear, a guide for Seven Clans Casino near Red Lake, Minn. We caught about 40 rainbow trout and brook trout — a conservative estimate — during our time on the water, and all of the fish were released.
I’ve fished Green Lake, as well, with good success, and judging by the photos Brown sent Thursday, a return trip would be an excellent idea.
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