By coincidence, I just got back from CTC and they have nothing even close to the size of Hildie spinners or big Raps, let alone jointed big Raps, at their Dieppe store. I haven't seen any at any store in this city for years. Maybe Better Buys or Green Diamond? You might have to get them online. Cabelas often runs out of them, so order soon if you plan to do so. As you might guess, the fact that Cabelas can't keep them in stock attests to how well they work. I swear by Raps with grey backs and white bellies. I no longer bother with any other colours. I'm sure others will disagree, but that's me.
I'm glad to be of some help.
A word to the wise to novice lake trout hunters. These monsters will come to the boat rather easily for their size - but don't be fooled! Once you get it to the top of the water, don't even THINK about trying to net it, because at that point the fight will well and truly be on. You will think, "Ok, this guy is coming in pretty easily, gee I wish it would fight more," and you'll grab your net, but as soon as that thing sees blue sky, look out! It will dive to the bottom again in the blink of an eye and the fight will really begin. Make sure your drag is set properly BEFORE you even head out, and wait for it to tire out before distracting yourself by grabbing the net. It could dive like this three or four times,so don't rush it.
Many a monster has been lost by someone wrestling it in straight away, and then trying to net it as soon as they see it, which will only send that fish bolting 50 feet down in about a split second.Which it is going to do anyway as soon as it sees the top-water. Easy to snap your line that way or otherwise lose the fish.
And if you have ahold of your line with your bare hand, prepare to have a mark burned into your hand for life. This hurts beyond description, like a being hit by a red-hot branding iron. Trust me, it's not a mistake that you will make twice. Not that I ever did this. No, never. Honest.
I have lost bigger lakers than I ever caught via trial-and-error, including a couple of 10+-pounders. I think I finally have my "trial" phase out of the way. It's a tough way to learn but, for sure, once you lose a few fish of a lifetime from not having the drag set right, or using too light of a line, or too small of a rod, or cheap crappy equipment, or trying to net it too soon, or trying to hand-line it to the net, or by waiting until the fish is on to adjust your drag, these are lessons that no one ever has to be taught twice.
A very common mistake that newcomers make is to use swivels that are not big and hardy enough. Get the best swivels money can buy. If your knots are solid, then your swivel could well be the weakest link in your equipment. That $2 that you saved on swivels won't seem like much money when you see a 8 or 12-pound fish swim away with your lure or hook in its mouth, never to be seen again.
I rarely kill a fish, but I took that 8.5-pounder home to eat. That was a big mistake. It tasted ok but hardly worth killing it. Like others on here always say, keep a few pan fish for supper if you want, but let the big guys go. I still feel bad over taking that fish and I won't make the same mistake again. I will never crap on anyone who legally takes a fish home, but hopefully my extreme remorse over my action will convince you to do likewise.
PS Use BIG gear. If you aren't sure if your terminal tackle is big enough, always err on the side of bigger.
EDIT: Cabelas only has the big Raps up to size J13, which are big enough anywayand might be as big as they are made (Unsure) . And I got the last two of them. They can be backordered however.