Brook trout are a cold water sport fish highly sought in Northwestern Ontario. The world record Brook Trout came from the Nipigon River with the Nipigon strain of Brook Trout providing some of the largest natural Brook Trout in North America. Although referred to as a trout, they are actually members of the Char family. Along with Lake Trout, they are the only native species of trout in the region ad rainbow and brown trout have been introduced through stocking.
A population of brook trout native to Lake Superior, who enter streams and rivers to spawn, are locally known as coasters. It is also known more widespread as speckled trout or squaretail (a defining feature of the fish).
Angling for Brook trout is quite common in NW Ontario. From little streams and creeks for the smaller fish up to a pound or so using light gear, spinners, worms and bobbers, to big fish using weighted jigs, trolling/casting big spoons or the finesse of the fly rod, there are ample locations to fish for the Brook Trout.