Rainbow trout are known for their beautiful bright colours on their sides. These are primarily seasonal fish for anglers who don’t have access to a boat. The rainbow trout make the journey up streams and rivers in the fall in search of spawning areas. Fishing along the river shoreline around these times are at their very best. Toronto is fortunate to have many rivers that make optimal spawning locations for these fish. During the summer months they can be found in deeper waters and are very sensitive to change in temperature.
Ultra-light line is required for rainbow trout as they can see leaders and line easily which will result in them not biting most of the time. Anglers should use a four to six pound test line for best results. Fly fishing is what most anglers traditionally do in streams and rivers. Other lures that may be effective include, silver or bronze spoons, small minnow baits and spinners. Live bait include minnows and large night crawlers on medium sized hooks. Rainbow trout can be caught all year long in Lake Ontario but after the ice thaws in the spring action picks up as the trout go back to the Lake in search of cooler waters. At this time anglers can enjoy great action in the rivers from ice thaw till mid-May.
When landing these fish use a net as they are very powerful. Also be sure to abide by the fishing size limits and the amounts you can catch in a day.
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