Types of Bait for Trout

Types of Bait for TroutEvery trout angler has his or her favorite bait that she will use on Opening Day across the United States. Trout species such as the rainbow trout, brown trout and brook trout provide enjoyment for a multitude of anglers year-round. Trout are one of the best-eating fish, which also adds to their popularity as a game fish. Many types of baits will fool a trout. These baits can help remove a trout from being a predator within its environment and turn it into a meal in yours. (Pictured: Hellgrammite Dobsonfly larvae)

Inline Spinnerbaits

The inline spinnerbait is among the most popular of all trout lures. You have many to choose from, such as the Rooster Tail and Blue Foxx. This lure fools a trout into thinking that it is a baitfish of some sort. Its name refers to its design, which features one or more small blades that will rotate around a straightened wire. At the end of this presentation is a treble hook, with some inline spinners possessing a skirt of hair, vinyl or fur that disguises the hooks, surrounding them but not stopping them from having the ability to hook the fish. These light lures typically have some small weight attached to their body, which gives you the chance to cast them for distance. The spinning blades attract the focus of a trout, and the movement reminds them of that of a minnow or shiner. Cast a spinnerbait out and then bring it in with a steady retrieve, keeping it coming toward you in a straight line for the best results.


Other Lures

Jigging spoons and trolling spoons are good for trout in lakes and river systems. They have the beveled shape of a spoon, with a set of hooks attached. You can fish them at different depths, depending on the speed of your retrieve. Spoons come in many color pattern and sizes. Plastic creature baits that represent things such as earthworms, baitfish and crayfish are effective as trout bait when you fish them in the right scenarios. Trout are the species in the United States that more fly fishermen pursue than any other. This involves specialized equipment, such as a fly rod and reel along with the artificial flies themselves. The possibilities for flies are endless, with different colored and sized flies made from many types of materials. Feathers, hair, fur and other material go into these flies, tied around a small hook in such a way so that they look like an insect. Trout anglers will often make their own flies, which give them even greater satisfaction when they successfully fool a wary trout with one.

Live Bait

Live bait for trout includes many things, from grasshoppers, crickets and frogs to earthworms, night crawlers, crayfish and hellgrammites (pictured top). These baits all work for the different types of trout in various settings. The night crawler fished on the bottom or under a float can catch trout, as will small minnows and shiners fished beneath a bobber. Ice fishermen, in addition to using shiners rigged under a tip-up, will also fish for trout through the ice using small poles called jigging rods. Their bait is often a waxworm, grub, maggot or mealworm stuck on the very tip of a hook.


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