Where can I go to catch brook trout close to Hamilton that will be productive from shore or by using hip waiters

Posted on March 30th, 2015

Hi Dave…The entire southern Ontario region (south of Guelph), is referred to as “marginal” brook trout habitat.  Having said this you can catch brook trout in many of the head-waters of our Great Lakes tributaries, but they are challenging to find.  Near Hamilton I would suggest you check some of the head-waters of the larger tributaries.  The closest ones are in the upper reaches of Bronte Creek (south of Campbelleville, ON), south of Acton, ON, and north of Kitchener, Guelph, etc.  Most of the cold-water creeks that feed the larger rivers that flow north to Lake Huron/Georgian Bay, and south to Lake Ontario/Lake Erie, have population of native brook trout.  Most of these are spring-fed and you will need hip-boots to go in and out of the water as you try and fish the streams.  If you don’t mind fighting some bush, and pretty soon, some bugs, you can catch brook trout not too far from Hamilton….God bless you, Italo

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