Hey Italo Im heading to Algonquin in early May for a few days and was wondering about brook and lake trout behaviour at this time. Also what are the best methods lures Thanks so much for the help! Kevin

Posted on March 27th, 2015

Hi Kevin….Right after ice-out both lake & brook trout can feed at all depths from very shallow to 30-40′ depths. Most anglers fishing Algonquin park that early in the season will either troll for both brook trout and lake trout to locate an area that is productive, and than once they find fish they will also cast for them. Good areas to fish for both is just of shoreline structure breaks, off-shore structure such as submerged points, island shorelines, bars, reefs, shoals, the mouth of shallow bays, and especially at the mouths of any inflow/outflow to a lake. Some anglers fish bait/worm combination for the brook trout trolling with a small flasher (or large spoon) that is rigged in-line about 24-36″ up the line and than use either a small smpinner/worm, or just a hook/worm for bait. The brook trout are attracted to the flash from the flasher/spoon, and than take the baited hook or spinner. You can also troll or cast for brook trout using: Vibrax #1 & #2 spinner, Rapala Ultralight Series, Rapala Countdown #3 & #4 Rapalas, the Rapala Shad Rap #5, and an assortment of 1/4 oz. asting Blue Fox/Luhr Jensen casting spoons For lake trout, most anglers troll the same baits above and also larger spoons and Rapalas like the Rapala Husky Jerk #11, Original Rapala #11 and also “gang-trolls” with either a Rapala/spoon at the end or a freshly dead minnow….God bless you, Italo

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