Brook Trout Fishing:

Fishing for brook trout (speckled trout) is a long-standing tradition at Carpenter Lake. Since 1951, the person catching the largest trout becomes a member of the "Spec Club" and his name is engraved on a large replicate fishing lure that hangs in the lodge.

Many of the smaller lakes in our area including Fish, Howard, Tee, Lucille, Birch and Weir lakes are the home of brook trout (click on the Recreational Map tab to see these lakes). Brook trout and Rainbow trout also live in the clean clear waters of the Thessalon River and its various tributaries. Large lakes such as Shelden, Darragh, Reserve, Stoney and Caribou are dominated by lake trout but also have brook trout that can be caught with light tackle in sheltered bays.

Reaching the brook trout lakes requires travel of up to an hour's duration by some combination of driving, boating and portaging or using all-terrain vehicles or our 4-seater ATV. Twelve foot boats with oars are located on these lakes and are good for groups of up to 2 or 3 fishermen. In many instances, you need not bring an outboard motor although our lightweight Mercury motors can be rented and carried to these lakes with a minimum of effort.


Meet Bill, an experienced brook trout fisherman. Bill will be at Carpenter Lake for the month of September doing what he knows best-catching brook trout. Bill knows the lakes and area well and is willing to share his insight. He has sound advice on presentations to use, where to fish, when to fish and how to fish. At the end of the day, he knows how to clean fish and cook fish. Consider making a brook trout fishing trip to Carpenter Lake in September and join Bill's team!

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