In this section you will find information on the various types of trout. These species include brook trout, brown trout, lake trout and rainbow trout. Also featured is the preferred bait and tackle, as well as the areas that these species are found most frequently in a body of water.
Similar to Brown trout, Brook trout make the journey from large lakes to find spawning areas in rivers before the ice freezes. Many of these fish return to same spawning area they were born in which makes a perfect spot for anglers. If fishing action is very good in one spot of the river, then return back to that spot the following year. This is because many of the trout go back to the same spot they were born. Many rivers through Toronto have excellent brook trout fishing opportunities as well some other bays and parks have excellent Brook trout fishing from shores as well.
The best baits to use are live worms in lakes as well as silver spoons. Using leaders will be ineffective due to their exceptional vision. For rivers try fly fishing and small minnow baits. Try casting at the base of heavy current where it smooth’s out, as they like to use these areas as spawning locations. These are great spawning locations because it reduces the possibility of their eggs getting washed down the river. On the way back to Lake Ontario anglers can catch so many brook trout from shore. This action is consistent from ice thaw till mid may. By this time most of the fish have made it back to the lake and to cooler waters.
Brown trout have amazing eyesight so the thinnest clear line possible is vital to catching them. Leaders also cannot be used as they can easily see them. Fishing in rivers and streams are great locations to fish. Be sure to cast around structures such as large rocks and logs. These fish have a tendency to hide behind these obstacles so when their pray floats by they can quickly snatch it up. Another spot to fish is pockets in rivers that has limited current. These are perfect rest spots for brown trout, as the limited current requires strength to stay in the same spot.
Brown trout are abundant in many rivers throughout Toronto that connect to Lake Ontario. Fishing is at its peak after ice thaw till mid may in most rivers as they make the long journey back to Lake Ontario. Along this journey anglers from the shoreline of the river cast either with flies, spoons and spinners. Brown trout are very difficult to land because of how picky they are. There sharp teeth snap the line often times but using a leader will likely cause the fish not to bite.
North American lakes are abundant with lake trout. Lake trout are the largest trout that can be caught in Toronto. When searching for them look for deep water as they prefer the coldest water. In areas that have great lake trout fishing are spots that should be fished the following year, as these fish return back to the same locations for spawning that they were born in most often. Spinners and silver spoons are the best lures to use. Worms and minnows are great live bait to use to catch a lake trout.
When Ice fishing for lake trout keep the lure near the surface as they do not require to be in the deepest part. As the water is quite cool the lure does not have to be near the bottom and will be better near the surface. Lures that are most effective are live worms, jigs and silver spoons if there is slight current. Slight jerking motion with jigs and worms will be perfect motion to attract a trophy lake trout.
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.