How to fish for trout with spinner lures

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How to fish for trout with spinner lures
Spinners allow anglers to cover water in search of trout. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Light spinning rods and reels spooled with light fishing line and spinners are good choices for young or novice trout fishermen. The rods and reels are relatively easy to cast and active trout bite readily on small spinners, which the fish likely believe are minnows. Casting spinners also allow fishermen to cover large expanses of water -- whether they are fishing in lakes, rivers or streams -- and search for actively feeding trout.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Spinning rod and reel
  • Line
  • Spinner

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  1. 1

    Choose a spinner colour based on the trout species you target. Gold works well for brown trout, silver for rainbow trout and copper for brook trout, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

  2. 2

    Tie a 1/8- to 1/4-oz spinner to the end of a spinning rod and reel loaded with 4- to 6-pound test fishing line. A Palomar knot works well for attaching line to spinners.

  3. 3

    Cast the spinner out and retrieve it against the current, if there is one. Experiment with the speed at which you retrieve the lure. Some days, trout hit best when the spinner is retrieved slowly, just above the bottom. Other days, they smack a spinner reeled quickly just below the surface.

  4. 4

    Target likely areas with the spinner. Work the leading edges of pools and riffles, and retrieve it parallel to undercut banks. Other likely trout habitat includes boulders, the edges of fast-moving water and stumps or timber in the water.

  5. 5

    Sweep the tip of the rod to tighten the line and set the hook into the trout's mouth.

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