Brook Trout Heaven is dedicated to preserving the sport fishing opportunities
of the Nipigon area by connecting the history of the region
to present day practices and initiatives to enhance the Brook Trout fishery.
(all Brook Trout posted on this site were released)
a Travis Lowe film
In the summer of 1915, John William Cook disappeared into the vast boreal forests of northern Ontario. 7 days later, he emerged from the legendary Nipigon River with the largest brook trout the world had ever seen. Cook's world record Brookie weighed in at exactly 14.5-lbs and measured 31 and a half inches with a girth of 23 inches. Word soon spread of Cook's monster brook trout and the angling world took notice. Cook's fish instantly garnered a legendary, almost mythical status and to this day remains one of the longest standing angling record in existence.
But the Nipigon legend was not without controversy. Some said Cook didn't take the fish on the fly, some said it was one of Cook's guides who caught the fish, some even said Cook's world record Brook Trout was no Brook Trout at all. Regardless, a century later the world record for brook trout remains unchanged, but the legendary Nipigon has not.
Read what really happened...The World Record Brook Trout
"To protect, enhance and where necessary restore the natural ecosystems, populations and wilderness quality of the Lake Nipigon Basin". (Signature Site goal)
Famous for the size and quality of the brook trout, the Nipigon...(read more)
So why are the Nipigon Brook Trout so big, challenging to catch and allureing for the past century? Their distinctive body markings, fast water habitat and powerful square tails make them a highly prized challenge for anglers. The Nipigon strain of brook trout is famous for its size and has developed unique... (read more)
" ...They were collected in pools and were so numerous as to ruin the sport” may have been true 150 years ago, but it didn't take man very long to change the balance of nature. By the late 1800's, the 'Nepigon' was popularized by magazine articles touting its wonders and prized possession, the Brook Trout. (read more)
The Nipigon River has a storied history once dubbed “the finest trout stream in the world.” by Field & Stream magazine in 1887. From the early days of the "Gentlemen Anglers" to Dr. Cook's record catch, the "Nepigon" as it was once known, has experienced overfishing, habitat destruction and... (read more)
The Nipigon is a large, deep river with a heavy flow rate. Sink tips or shooting heads fit the bill as casting full sinking lines all day will wear you out in this current. A 7 or 8 weight rod is best suited. Most practice "catch & release" ...(read more)
Looking for photos of big Brookies? Am I compensating for something or just an enthusiastic angler? All of these Nipigon Brook Trout were released. Learn a bit about my passion and enjoy some photo memories and videos...(read more)
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Brook Trout Heaven video trailer for the 2015 season
This is a story not just of the world record, but of a plenitude of fish that once existed in a... (read more)
11 year stats:
The Nipigon, served to attract crowds of wealthy and famous anglers at the turn of the century..
Factors like the log drive, the need for hydro and fishing pressure changed the Nipigon...
"Coasters," are a Great Lakes strain of Brook Trout.
"Splake" are a man-created hybrid (read more)...
The Brook Trout is a distinctive looking fish with its unique colouration and body patterns. Red dots with blue halos
Brook trout spawn in the fall over areas of groundwater upwelling on the Nipigon River.
"19th C anglers concentrated their fly-fishing efforts on the rapids and fast water at the base of falls for 2 reasons"
So you think you know Brook Trout? Take a short quiz and test your knowledge with 10 multiple choice...
Brook Trout Rehabilitation in the Ontario Waters of
Lake Superior, Lake Nipigon, and the Nipigon River