Trout Fishing Baits & Tips

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Trout Fishing Baits & Tips
Whether you're a fly or reel-and-cast fisherman, you need knowledge and the right supplies to land your prize trout. (fisherman next to trout lake image by Francois du Plessis from

Trout provide a challenging---yet rewarding---fishing experience due to their "heightened senses and ... keen awareness of their surroundings," (according to the Rainbow Trout Lures web site). You can find trout in "cool, clear streams and lakes ... throughout North America, northern Asia and Europe," (according to the My Trout Fishing Tips web site). No matter where you fish, you must learn each trout species' characteristics. When you understand the species, you can adjust your bait and location strategies accordingly.

Night Trout Fishing

Change your experience with your favourite fishing stream by visiting at night. The shift in times can help you get more bites. The Rainbow Trout Lures web site suggests night as an optimal time to land a trophy trout. Start by identifying your fishing spot in the daylight (so you don't get caught in the brush at night). Look for a spot where you won't have to worry about getting your line tangled while casting. Take big lures with you for night trout fishing (the Rainbow Trout Lure web site recommends "lures that imitate leeches or nymphs"). Don't worry about the colour of your lure, other than ensuring it's something you will see in the dark. You can also use live bait for night fishing (which normally isn't popular trout bait). Bring a flashlight to help you manoeuvre and handle any fish you catch. Expect your chances for a trophy-sized brown trout to increase at night. Trout are less inhibited at night; they aren't as apt to take off after sudden movements or noises.

Brook Trout Fishing

Ease into trout fishing by starting with brook trout (primarily located across the East Coast and Canada, with some spots in the Western U.S.). According to the Rainbow Trout Lures web site, brook trout "are far less elusive than other trout species and will eat nearly anything you cast into the water." Know that you sacrifice landing a larger fish by pursuing the smaller, easier brook trout. Start reeling in brook trout by using insects for bait (Rainbow Trout Lures recommends "wet flies or nymphs"). If you don't have insects, don't worry; brook trout will try to eat almost any type of bait. Let your bait sink a bit; brook trout don't swim near the surface.

Lake Trout Fishing

Lake trout fishing is less popular than other methods of trout fishing due to the conditions required for the fish to survive. The lake water must be very cold; lake trout won't survive in water warmer than 18.3 degrees Celsius. You can find lake trout predominantly in the Great Lakes region, the Northwestern U.S., and Canada. Since lake trout prefer the cold, expect them to swim in the deepest part of the lake. Catch lake trout with a three-way sinker or downrigger to carry your bait into the depths---just make sure you don't hit the bottom. Due to the murkiness of the deeper water, lake trout rely strongly on their hearing, so you can also have success with vertical jigging with a vibrating blade. In some lakes during the spring, lake trout will enter shallow waters to migrate. Use dead bait or spoons for your trout lures if fishing in these shallow waters.

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