In the summer, Aurora Trout can be found as deep as 30 feet/10 meters just below the thermocline.

They prefer sheltered bays and sections of shoreline that offer submerged rocks sharp drops offs and sunken debris that offer cover like trees and boats. They will also be found out in the middle of the lake is the shallower lakes in their distribution.

Aurora Trout avoid water above 68°F/20°C but will venture into warmer water to feed and then return back to colder water.

Spring Fishing

In the spring, Aurora Trout are found in water not much deeper than ten feet due to the even temperature of the lake from the surface to the lake bed.

During this time, they are often found near the outflows of rivers and streams that feed into their lakes seeking out spawning bait fish like minnows, smelt and alewife.

Aurora Trout Lake Fishing Tips

In spring, cast or troll along the shore into water no deeper than ten feet deep letting the bait slowly sinking under the weight of a small sinker. Mimic the bait by jerking the line and moving it side to side.

Cast into the same location a few times before moving on. Obviously, if you are trolling, troll at depths around five feet.

Pay attention to the location of bait fish and insects as these locations will likely have a lot of underwater action.

Aurora Trout Summer Fishing Tips

In summer, fish deep. Knowledge of the location of the thermocline and bait fish populations is important. While Aurora Trout like to stay deep to keep cool, they will move into shallow water to feed before going back.

Know where bait fish are during the morning and rely afternoon. The morning will be the prime time that they will feed. Brook Trout can be found shallow water after a majar storm as deep water is usually circulated, cooling the lake down.

Licensing and Regulations

Aurora Trout are classified as endangered. Only a few select lakes are available to angling and some lakes are closed to fishing for multiple years.

Before booking a trip to catch Aurora Trout, check with the Canadian Ministry of Fisheries, Environment Canada or even local outfitters and bait shops as to where they can be caught.

However, please practice catch and release techniques as these fish are close to the edge of extinction.