Choosing the Best Lures for Lake Trout

Choosing the Best Lures for Lake TroutLake trout differ from trout found in rivers and streams by essentially living in deeper waters. The deeper water requires fishermen to use lures which are capable of getting down to the depths where lake trout live. Choosing the best lure is best accomplished by considering a variety of influencing factors including geography, time of day, and even time of year. Choosing the best lure can mean the difference between a good day of fishing and a great day of fishing.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • variety of trout lures including worms, spinners, spoons, salmon eggs, and minnows
Step 1
Begin with a lure such as a spinner. Spinners are typically able to cover a large area of water fairly quickly and will also reach various depths by allowing them to sink before retrieving. Cast and retrieve the spinner in an effort to locate suspended trout.
Step 2
Tie a spoon to the line. Cast and retrieve. Spoons are another good means of covering large portions of water when searching for trout. The extra vibration from the wobble of the spoon will help to draw the attention of trout in the area.
Step 3
Minnows are a good go to if spinners are attracting trout but not getting bites. Live minnows especially provide great action in the water which will often times entice finicky trout. Minnows are used with a hook which is inserted through the front of the minnow to allow for a natural movement.
Step 4
Rig a worn on a hook which will allow the worm to hang suspended in the water. Once trout are located, worms are a great go to lure as the water current help create movement. Allow the current of the water to move the bait by slowly retrieving the line.
Step 5
Switch to salmon eggs when trout are proving extremely hard to catch. Salmon eggs treated with garlic or anise are like candy to trout and will often entice a bite when other baits fail. Allow the salmon egg to sit in the water and only retrieve a short distance at a time.

Tips & Warnings

Attractants such as garlic and anise are often times used by commercial bait manufacturers. Making home made lake trout baits is easily accomplished as both garlic and anise are available in most grocery outlets.
Use caution when casting lures to ensure no one is accidentally hooked.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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