Fishing For The Magnificent Brook Trout

by Jimmy Kingsley - Date: 2010-08-18 - Word Count: 470 Share This!

The Beautiful Trout

Not only are Brook trout considered the most beautiful in the trout clan, they are found in some of the most beautiful settings. They are most commonly found in mountain streams or "brooks" hence their names. The magnificent mountain scenery where they are found only enhances the experience of catching one of these brilliantly colored fish. They may have earned their nick name "brookies," because of their smaller size as compared to other trout. On the average they are less than nine inches long, although some extremely rare cases of brook trout weighing up to ten pounds have been documented in Labrador.

Brookies Love Cool Water

Brook Trout love highly oxygenated water sixty degrees Fahrenheit or below. When it comes to comfort these fish can be like the princess and the pea, constantly moving from place to place in search of the perfect temperatures. Knowing this can make the brook trout easier to locate. In the summer, brook trout move downstream from warm lakes to find cooler water. The opposite is true in cool spring fed steams, with the brookies moving upstream to find cooler temperatures. It is a good idea to test the body of water to determine if it is cool enough.

Live or Synthetic Bait

There are many types of lures and bait successful anglers use for brook trout fishing. Synthetic flies, live bugs, like May flies or Grasshoppers, and Berkley Trout Bait are some popular choices. One of my personal favorites is Berkley Trout Bait. It's like stinky play-doe in a jar, but it lasts all day. For best results, mold it into small pellets and put it on a small hook with four to six pound test line. Two other popular choices are small spinners and, the old standby, live worms.

Whatever bait you choose, it's best to use ultra-light gear for these small fish.
These trout are small but, true to their trout name, they put up a fight. Their strike is strong and short. Like most small fish, the bite of brook trout is like a tap, tap, tap motion.

Brookies Love Suckers

In the spring months, sucker fish by the millions go to the river mouths to spawn. They can be found laying their eggs up to about two hundred yards downstream from the lakes that feed the streams full of brook trout. This is like an all-you-can-eat Vegas buffet for brookies, and not where you should be casting your little worms. Travel at least eight or nine hundred yards down or upstream where you can find hungry trout more appreciative of your bait.

Always remember to only keep what you will eat, and never touch a brookie with dry hands if you intend to throw her back. This could scratch off the trout's protective layer of skin and cause a life threatening infection.

Let's go trout fishing!

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