Larry is not really a Trout, him and all other lake trout are actually in the Salmon family.
Other names for Larry include mackinaw
During the spring and fall, when in shallow water, they will also eat crustaceans, aquatic insects, and shore-dwelling minnows.
At first,young lake trout feed on zoo-plankton. As they grow they gradually change their diet to larger items such as insects,shrimps, and small fish.
Sometimes young Lake Trout don't change diet with age and will grow short and fat, hints the creation of the popular nick-name Pot-belly Lake trout.
Lake trout tend to be solitary animals coming together only at spawning time.
Large fish (like Larry and the one above) are very old, and with age the quality of taste decreases and mercury levels go up. So let them swim again!!! It takes many years up to 20 to reach large lengths and weights so respect the gentle giants!!!!
A cross of a male brook trout and a female lake trout, thus the name Splake Trout. Sometimes the Splake Trout have other unusual markings such as the other three pictured above.
They spawn at night from early September to mid November. Unlike most salmonids, they do not require running water for spawning, though some stream spawning has been recorded.
They usually lay their eggs over cobble sand boulders in relatively shallow areas of lakes, like shoals or along the shoreline.
Males arrive first to clean the spawning grounds by brushing loose sand and silt away with the body, tail fin, or snout.
The males press against the sides of the female and begin quivering with dorsal fins (fins on their backs)erect, as they fertilize the eggs
A large female may contain up to 17,000 eggs. A single female may spawn several times during a spawning season but will probably not reach spawning condition again for 2 or 3 years.
Age at maturity varies widely from around 5 years of age to more than 20 years.
When releasing any fish be sure you know how to properly return it to the water, in a safe and healthy manner.