Top 10 Brook Trout Lures

Top 10 Brook Trout LuresWhen it comes to brook trout, any experienced angler will tell you it is important to have a variety of small in-line spinners, spoons, plugs, and flies in your fishing arsenal. Each of the 10 legendary lures listed here falls into one of those four categories. Each has earned its rightful place in the tackle box of any discerning brook trout fisherman.

Mepps Aglia

Most fishermen think of the Mepps brand when they think of spinners, and the Aglia is probably the most popular trout spinner they make. The Aglia comes in a variety of sizes, but the size 0, 1/2 ounce version with a silver blade is the best choice for brook trout. Cast the spinner upstream and retrieve it at a pace that is just faster than the current.


Kastmaster Spoon

This spoon is relatively thick and heavy for its small size. This allows you to cast it long distances easily, even when fishing in the cramped conditions characteristic of most small trout streams and creeks. This lure's flashy colors and wobbly motion are the key to its consistent ability to draw in brook trout.

Little Cleo Spoon

Like the Kastmaster spoon, the Little Cleo has a relatively thick body that sinks quickly, even in fast water. This makes it an excellent choice when fishing for brook trout in deep pools, lakes or ponds. All you have to do is get this lure down to those deep-dwelling brookies and its signature wiggling motion should do the rest.

Roostertail Spinner

The Roostertail Spinner is another classic in-line spinner for brook trout, with a vertical spinning blade and skirted hook. This lure is fairly weighty for its diminutive size, allowing you to fish it deep down for the big fish.

Panther Martin Spinner

A small 1/32-ounce Panther Martin fished on an ultra-light spinning rig is always a safe bet for brook trout in small mountain streams. Cast upstream and bring the lure back fast enough that the silver blades rotate, but slow enough that it drops to where the fish are.

Blue Fox Vibrax

The Blue Fox Vibrax is another popular trout spinner with a two-part body. It produces low-frequency sound vibrations to attract fish and provoke strikes. Choose the smallest size available for brook trout.

Hare's Ear Nymph

This classic fly resembles a host of sub-aquatic organisms, including mayfly and stonefly nymphs, caddis larvae and scuds. To fish this fly on a spinning rig, attach BB size split-shot 12 inches above the fly and use a plastic bubble float to provide added weight for casting and to indicate strikes.

Wooly Bugger

This popular streamer with a chenille body and marabou feather tail effectively mimics small baitfish, aquatic insects and leeches. The Wooly Bugger comes in a variety of colors, but many prefer olive or black patterns. To fish the Wooly Bugger, cast it upstream, let it sink for a few seconds, and then retrieve it by stripping in line while simultaneously raising and lowering your rod tip.


The Rapala has a reputation for being the king of all minnow plugs. When fishing for brook trout, choose a 2-to-3-inch Rapala lure. Deep-running models that sink are the best option for reaching brook trout in large pools and lakes.

Krocodile Spoon

The small Krocodile spoon has a narrow, heavyweight design and a wobbly motion in the water that brook trout find hard to pass up. It comes in a variety of colors that add appeal of this already flashy spoon. The secret to fishing this lure is to reel it in just fast enough to keep the line tight while pumping the rod tip to give the lure an erratic, darting action.


Article Written By Richard Hansen

Richard Hansen grew up and currently resides in Minnesota. He graduated from Dartmouth College and has traveled extensively in Africa and South America, including the Amazon jungle. He has worked as a wilderness guide in Yellowstone and northern Minnesota, and written for Fur-Fish-Game, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine and

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