3 Most Effective Baits For Trout Fishing

There are multiple choices of bait available for fishing trout. Among these various choices, there are 3 best baits to use when trout fishing. They are not the only ones, but the most effective ones that have been proved by personal experiences.


Freshwater trout can be found in two main types of water, lakes or ponds and rivers or streams. I fish for trout almost exclusively in small rivers and/or streams, which is where the baits being outlined in this article are the most effective. The bait that is employed while fishing for trout is somewhat exclusive to the type of water that is being fished, which is why I mention this point. The point is that some types of bait work better in rivers and streams and these same baits aren’t nearly as effective when used as bait for trout in ponds and/or rivers.


The bottom line is that the bait that is being outlined below is the most effective when it fished in the flowing waters of a river or stream.


1. Rooster Tail Spinners – Rooster Tail spinners are quite effective when used as bait for trout in river fishing scenarios. A key to success when using these fishing lures is to make sure that they are very small. The perfect size Rooster Tails for trout fishing are from 1/16 to 1/8 ounce. I’ve always had more success with dark colors such as greens, browns, and blacks, but as with all fishing lures experimentation is the key to finding the best color pattern for any given day fishing. The point is that Rooster tail spinners are an excellent bait for trout when fishing in rivers.


2. Live Worms – Live worms, such as red worms or night crawlers, are an excellent bait for trout in river fishing scenarios. One of the keys to success when using live worms as bait for trout is to rig them in the most effective manner possible. This is where gang hooks come into play. These fishing hooks enable you to present a live worm as bait in the most natural manner possible. If large live worms such as night crawlers are being used, pinch them in half before rigging them on the gang hooks. Doing this makes it very difficult for a trout to “steal” your worm.


3. Power Worms – These synthetic worms look and feel like a rubber worm, but they are impregnated with fish attracting scents that make them hard for hungry trout to resist. Power worms (sometimes called Powerbait trout worms) are rigged and fished in the same manner as live worms, and many trout fishermen say they are even more effective than live worms in many instances. While I have always found power worms to be effective as bait for trout, I have a hard time saying that they “out-fish” live worms.


The bottom line is that if you consider yourself a serious trout fisherman and any of the aforementioned trout baits aren’t a part of your fishing arsenal, they should be added sooner rather than later. They are certainly 3 of the best baits that can be used when trout fishing.


Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing.com and an avid angler. He has more than 25 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his five year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country.

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