It’s a cool time to fish for brookies

With the arrival of the September’s shorter days, nighttime temperatures are cooling down back-country lakes to the point that catching and releasing the trout in them will not be too stressful on the fish.

While keeping trout in many high lakes demands that anglers practice catch and release fishing, there are some indigenous populations of eastern brook trout that will support creel-oriented fisheries.

They were among the first trout types to be introduced into high lakes in Washington often by miners and other explorers to provide a ready and reliable source of catchable food.

A positive for these fish is that among the Northwest’s feral trouts, brookies have a reputation for being quite tasty, especially if they have any chunkiness to them.