Brown Trout Fishing
Easy brown trout fishing tips for novices and pros.
The brown trout was first introduced into an eastern state in 1883. Brown trout originally were known as an excellent stream fishing species. Over the past twenty years the Department of Environmental Conservation introduced the fish into several lakes with excellent results. Brown trout grow fast, often attaining three pounds after one year in the lake. Many browns caught by anglers average 12 pounds and often they weigh twenty pounds or more.
Brown trout are fall spawners. By mid August to early September brown trout put on their pre-spawning feedbag. Though finicky throughout the summer, the pre spawn biter exhibits the most aggressive behavior. Like any other predator fish, brown trout follow the bait fish. Brown trout are current and temperature oriented. As the water temperature begins cooling, the alewives move toward shore followed by the brown trout. Mostly you will find your electronics will light up like a Christmas tree on the edge of the mud line. Also you will find the lakeside of the mudline will be up to five degrees colder than the dark side of the mud line.
Brown trout are structure oriented. They will school near bottom contours of sand bars separated by deep troughs. Also, the brown trout school near mud lines. Find a mud line with good bottom structure near a shoal, hump, huge boulder or close to a tributary outlet and your chances of finding browns are excellent. Use planer boards and run your lures near the bottom during low light and overcast days.
Look for fish to ride higher in the water column during the low light periods of the day. Higher lines and planer boards will be most productive at these times. Around noon switch to down riggers and dipsey divers to take your lure deeper. One thing you should do with dipseys is to put them down and leave them down. In the clearer water use chrome colored or white dipsey and in the darker water use green metallic or chartreuse. Don't forget brown trout have the smallest mouth of all the salmonoids. My partner uses 12 to 17 pound test line and small lures, spoons or stickbaits.
Your trolling speed is up to you. If you don't have a speedometer on board put the tip of your pole in the water while moving and when you get a 3/4 inch spray you are at correct starting speed. Now experiment going faster or slower using an "S" or Zig Zag patterns from one side of the mudline to the other. Trolling different lures at different depths and speeds allows you to quickly experiment to see what speed and lure color triggers hits.
Once the browns tell you their preference stay with it until they tell you different. One thing you will in an excited voice say, "Fish On." Fish for late summer browns for a fishing bonus. Brown trout are worthy of being your primary target and if you want some fast paced action go late summer brown trout fishing.