How to Fish for Trout With Worms

How to Fish for Trout With WormsOne of the greatest baits that an angler can employ when fishing for trout is worms. Earthworms or night crawlers are a natural food of trout, which find and eat the worms after they are washed into a brook, stream, river or lake. There are some things that fishermen need to keep in mind when using worms to go after trout, including how to hook the worms and where to cast them.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Step 1
Match the size of your hook to the size of your worm. Trying to thread a small worm on a large hook or a larger night crawler onto a very small hook is frustrating and will result in the worm coming off easily, possibly even when you cast your line out. Use small hooks for earthworms and larger ones for night crawlers, but don't use too large of a hook. A No. 4 hook is as large as you should go for trout.
Step 2
Hook your worm in at least 2 separate places. Make certain that the whole hook cannot be seen by the trout. Trout can detect the sharp end of a hook if it is visible. Break a night crawler in half if you must to completely cover a smaller hook.
Step 3
Go fishing with worms for trout in the springtime right after it rains. As long as the rain is not incredibly heavy, you should find that the trout will go for worms when they are presented correctly. The water will not be as clear as it normally is, which will work in your favor, and the extra organisms that the rain washes into a river or stream can send trout off in search of an easy meal.
Step 4
Cast your worms to where a river or stream goes from shallow to deeper. Normally there will be pools where the shallow water meets up with the deeper part of the river. Trout will lie in wait in spots such as this for the current to carry food their way.
Step 5
Stay quiet and don't move around much when fishing for trout with worms. Trout can see quite well up onto a riverbank and are easily spooked. Keep a low profile and don't make any unnecessary movements. If possible, cast your worm to the opposite bank. Look for overhanging branches, rocks and boulders that a trout may be lurking behind in the water, and any other cover that a trout may use while waiting to ambush its prey.

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