As the water temperature drops in the fall months, Aurora Trout return to shallow water, leaving the deep parts of the lake.

In northern Ontario, Canada, fall can start as early as late august.

Most years, there is a marked difference in water temperature beginning September 1. Only on rare occasions does the water temperature stay warm going into September.

Northern Signs of Fall

The first indication that fall has arrived is the changing winds with cooler brisk temperatures. Rain comes and can stay for a while, dropping the water temperature and the air temperature. Breathable coats are important as is footwear.

The second sign of fall is a sudden drop in water temperature, which usually occurs after the first major rain storm at the end of August or early September. While September can still be warm, by northern standards, visitors from the southern United States remark at how cold it is. Do not expect a late fall arrival as you are likely to be disappointed.

The first major rain storm stirs up water through all depths, dramatically changing the lake’s temperature at the surface.

Fall Fishing Tips

Focus on the same techniques used to catch Brook Trout. Minnows and other small bait fish work best at catching them, other than the spring when insects are in abundance at which time fly fishing is a great way to catch them.

Small inline spinners work well in fall. Blue Fox makes a good range of small spinners and spoons. It does not matter too much which lures you choose so long as the colours are bright.

Catch and Release

Catch and release is very important in order to preserve this brilliant and remarkable fish. We almost lost it once so please practice catch and release tips in order to decrease the chance of mortality.

In order to increase the survival rate of Aurora Trout after being released, follow these three simple steps. 1) use barbless hooks 2) avoid live bait 3) before letting the fish go, craddle it in the water, letting the current pass over its gills. Once ready, it will swim away.