We’re are often asked what is the best month for trophy brown trout fishing on Lake Ontario out of Oswego,NY. Year after year, the answer is plain and simple. June, June, June! For over the twenty plus years of Lake Ontario fishing, we have taken more trophy size brown trout during the month of June than any other. Notice we said “trophy browns”.
Why Big Browns in June
One might ask why June is typically the best month for trophy brown trout fishing. The answer is two fold. First, the water temperatures this time of the year are warm enough to really get the big fish active. Metabolic rates increase and the bigger browns need to feed more. Secondly, alewives, the main prey species, are in closer to shore and concentrated. They spawn near shore here in June. There will be age classes of alewives either coming in to spawn near shore and in the bays, as well as those that have completed the spawning process and are returning to the lake. The water temperature also is conducive to alewive spawning.
Adult Fish To Target
Our definition of a trophy brown trout is one which weighs in the mid to upper teens and is at least three years old or older. They are a different class of fish and require a different approach to getting them to bite. Light tackle is one of the biggest keys to getting a trophy brown to commit to the lure. Presentation of that lure is also important. As previously mentioned, temperature plays an important role in both metabolic rate as well as where Mr. Trophy Brown Trout will be. During the month of June, finding 58-62 degree water without going over concentrates trophy browns in the water column. Experience has shown that bigger browns like to be in this temperature zone during this time of year.
Find The Temperature Find The Fish
When you can find the right temperatures along with bait presence and colored water, you have the makings of a great recipe for increasing the odds for trophy brown trout success. These conditions exist more so in June than any other time of the year. Hence, the increase in odds for success. Temperature, bait, and stained water concentrated close to shore accurately predicts where the brown trout will be. All that is left to do is to add the right lure choice with the right presentation and trophy brown trout success will follow!