Welcome to Ontario's Brook Trout Heaven

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 Ontario 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 the best Brook Trout fishing in Ontario.


The scientific name for Brook Trout is Salvelinus Fontinalis. Most people in Ontario call them Speckles. Brookies 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 Brookies is considered a trophy by many. There are a few Ontario outfitters listed in this site that can hook you up with 5 and 6-pound fish. On occasion 7 and 8-pounders get caught but a Brookies that big is super rare anywhere in Ontario .

Brookies prefer a water temperature of 53 degrees or cooler. With this in mind the Brookies 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 good lake to be fishing. Brook Trout 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.

I created Brook Trout Heaven to share photos and fishing tips as well as list all the top Brook Trout fishing destination in Ontario. I have lodges, resorts and outpost camps listed by town and whether they are drive-to lodges of fly-in camps. Most camps offer housekeeping accommodation but some offer Full Service American Plan accommodations. If you have any questions please email me at gary@brooktrout.ca

Below is a Babe Winkelman Brook Trout Video. The first third shows various places he as filmed Brook Trout fishing episodes such as Algonquin Park and Quebec but the last 2/3rds is all on Lake Nipigon while being guided by Chad.

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