Great Lakes spring Brown Trout.

Posted on April 14th, 2021

As Lake Ontario water temps rise over 40F baitfish move into the shallows as well as Smelt on their annual spawning run. This is a great time to target in-shore Brown Trout and the occasional salmon.

Brown Trout can be caught as shallow as 30′ either flat-line trolling or using planer-boards to get the line out from the boat. Popular lures are Great Lakes wobbling spoons, casting spoons in the 3/8-1/2 oz. size and wobbling lures like the Jointed Rapala.

Spring salmon are usually out a little deeper in water the is 40-50′ deep. They will be feeding in the water column and the same techniques that work in the summer will work for them in the spring which includes:


-Dipsey Divers

-Leadcore and Copper lines

Trolling speed between 2.2-2.8 mph works well. Good areas to target them now is the western basin of Lake Ontario from the mouth of the Niagara River to Grimsby, ON.

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