How to Fish for Trout With Power Bait

Updated November 21, 2016

Berkley Power Bait is a specialised line of baits developed to replicate the look, feel and action of live fishing baits. From the Trout Worm to Power Eggs and Trout Nuggets, Power Baits feature colours and attractor scents to lure trout and encourage them to hold on for more successful hook sets. Rigging Trout Power Baits is a simple process and can typically be done in many of the traditional methods for trout bait presentation.

Attach a #18 gold bait holder hook to your fishing line with an improved clinch knot. Tie the clinch knot by passing 5 to 6 inches of line through the eye of the hook. Wrap the free, or tag, end of the line around the main line for six to seven turns.

Turn the tag end downward and pass it through the small loop formed with the line just above the eye of the hook. Pull the line through the small loop and then through the larger loop to the side of the knot. The larger loop was formed by pulling the line down to the small loop above the eye.

Moisten the knot slightly with water before pulling the knot down tight against the eye of the hook. Trim excess line from the knot with scissors.

Crimp a split shot weight onto the line 12 to 15 inches above the hook. Use a pair of pliers to securely crimp the weight down around the line.

Attach a Power Bait of choice to the hook. Use a dough ball, minnow, worm or egg based on conditions, time of day or year and personal preference. Secure the bait to the hook so that it will not be easily washed off the hook. Fix the Power Bait to the hook by inserting the hook through the bait so that the point exits the opposite side from the entry point. Do not allow too much of the hook point to show past the bait as this may discourage trout from striking.

Cast the Power Bait rig into the current of a stream, into a pool or other area where trout may be feeding. Allow the Power Bait to work with the current in a natural manner. Power Baits contain scents that are released and leave a trail in the water. It important to allow the bait to sit and work in the water.

Things You'll Need

  • Light weight rod and matched reel
  • 4 to 6 pound test monofilament fishing line
  • #5 or #6 split shot weight
  • #18 gold bait holder hook
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
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Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.