How to Troll With Minnows

How to Troll With Minnows
Trolling with minnows involves dragging a minnow through the water in an effort to simulate live, free bait a fish might be attracted to. Trolling is a good technique on numerous types of fish, including trout, crappie, bluegill and perch. The other benefit to trolling--particularly in groups--is that the challenge lies in finding the right location to troll, rather than using specific fishing techniques with your rod. This makes it easier for a group to have an equal advantage when fishing as long as the leader is a knowledgeable angler who understands how to troll with minnows.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Find a good location to begin trolling. This can vary depending on the type of fish you are trying to catch, but in general the best locations include sharp underwater drops or ledges, gravel flat areas frequently used for spawning, or areas rife with vegetation. The higher the sun is, the deeper your minnow should be trolling.
Step 2
Place the hook through the mouth of the minnow. This will help simulate the minnow's swimming when it is in the water. Depending on the size of the minnow, you should also use a 1- or 2-oz. sinker on the line.
Step 3
Bring your boat to the start of the trolling area. Kill the main motor and turn on the trolling motor. Cast your line and let the sinker drop to the bottom of the water.
Step 4
Hold your line still as the boat drags it through the water. There isn't any fancy cast-and reel-action in this process--the boat provides the movement, and you only have to wait for the tip of your fishing rod to jerk unnaturally, indicating a bite.

Article Written By Jonathan Croswell

Jonathan Croswell has spent more than five years writing and editing for a number of newspapers and online publications, including the "Omaha World-Herald" and "New York Newsday." Croswell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing a Master's of Health and Exercise Science at Portland State University.

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