Ontario's Brook Trout fishing is the best in the world including being home to the World Record Brook Trout caught by Dr. Cook in 1915. We have famous Brook Trout rivers such as the Nipigon River, the Albany River, Dusey River and the Ogoki River to name a few that eventually run into James Bay or Hudson's Bay and are producing world class Brook Trout. There are many lakes with fantastic Brook Trout fishing. All the lakes surrounding Lake Nipigon as well as lakes in Algonquin Park and the Halliburton Highlands have great Brook Trout fishing. There are also hundreds of streams and spring-fed lakes north of Jellicoe, Armstrong and Nakina that have unbelievable Brook Trout fishing.
The scientific name for Brook Trout is Salvelinus Fontinalis. Most people in Ontario call them Specs.
Brook Trout are the most beautiful fish in the world and the best tasting of the Salmonid Family. Most have a dark Indian red meat with a flavor that is like no other fish on earth. The best way to cook them is to roll them in flour and fry in butter. The skin is the tastiest part. A 3-pound Brook Trout is considered a trophy by many. There are a few outfitters listed in this site that can hook you up with 5 and 6-pounders. On occasion 7 and 8-pounders get caught but a Brookie that big is super rare.
Brookies prefer a water temperature of 53 degrees or cooler. With this in mind the Brook Trout actively migrate to sections of a river with cold springs during the summer and then in the fall move back to the spots where they stay the rest of the year. In lakes the Brookies will go deep to find cooler water in the summer. It's rare for them to go deeper than 35 feet so if a lake's water is not cold at 35 feet deep then most likely it's not a Brook Trout Lake. Brookies do have a higher tolerance to warm water than most so in the middle of the summer right at dusk they will shoot up to the surface to hit flies and other insects. They don't stay shallow long in the summer.
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