August is prime time for big brook trout, also called “Specs” in Canadian waters, where native river fish are joined by Great Lakes “Coasters” migrating upstream to spawn sometime around Labor Day.

Big brook trout respond to many of the same lures and tactics you’d use for smallmouth bass: jerkbaits, spinners and jigs tipped with softballs trigger strikes from aggressive brookies, which prefer eating larger meals as opposed to just insects and smaller forage items.