A veteran angler’s time-tested techniques for catching plenty of early-season brook trout
#1 BE QUIET
As the open-water season progresses, brook trout become conditioned to, and less spooked by, man-made noises. In the spring, however, they’re still sensitive, so you need to be discreet. After all, they’ve just spent the winter under the ice in a frigid, mostly silent environment. Any noise the fish aren’t accustomed to can make them skittish and reluctant to bite, so don’t be the person who drops a tacklebox, makes a lot of noise getting in or out of the boat or slams the anchor against the gunwale—unless you want to get skunked, that is.