Trout fishing can be an enjoyable or frustrating past time, depending on the amount of time you spend trying to understand the nature of trout. When fishing for brook trout, it is important to understand their habitat, their hiding spots and what baits work for them well in order to plan your fishing techniques. Trouts belong to the family of salmons, and are often found in cold waters. Brook trouts specifically belong to the Salvelinus trout family, usually have a life span of about eight years, and are considered to be the tastiest of all trout varieties that are native to North America and Canada.
In brook trout fishing, it is important to know the places that brook trouts frequent. Brook trouts usually stay along creeks, streams, rivers and lakes with cold waters ranging from 57 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. They do not move a lot and often stay under rocks and logs, or can be found along shallow pools, especially when spawning. They also frequent spring fed pools and anywhere where they can find lots of oxygen. During the breeding season, trout are often found on dark places where they would be laying their eggs or on clean shallow waters with a lot of gravel down below. Older brook trouts usually inhabit the deer waters and only stay on the waterfall water to feed.
Brook trout or brookies are usually bluish gray or black with silvery white bellies. Sometimes they have red dots all over, back marks or spots on their dorsal fins. Their tail fins are usually square, although some varieties have forked fins. They can grow to an average of 10-12 inches in length, but there are some rare finds that reach more than 20 inches in length.
Whenever you are brook trout fishing, you need to bring baits that the trout are usually fond of. The most common trout fishing baits are small fishes, insects, zooplanktons, small crabs and insects. Baiting trout is quite easy and you can use crickets, worms, grasshoppers and spinners.
Brook trout are very sensitive and even a little motion can scare them off. Thus, when trout fishing, remember to move as quietly as you can, and avoid making lots of splashes on the water. You can simply wade onto the middle of the stream before you cast your fishing line towards the bank. Try the shallow waters first, as they are known to hide there. It is also possible to do some trout fishing from the banks, but choose a spot where you can see the bottom of the water, to make sure it is enough enough to attract trouts.
Patience is what you need when brook trout fishing , and with the right baits and casting style, you may succeed in bringing home some trout fishes for dinner.