In this article we are going to discuss trout baits, and not just any baits but 3 of the most popular and effective baits for trout fishing. I realize that there are many different kinds of bait that can be used for trout fishing, so how can the list possibly be narrowed down to the 3 best? At the end of the day it probably can’t but the three baits that will be outlined certainly have their place among the best baits that can be employed when fishing.
One family of baits that isn’t being included on this list is flies. Flies are certainly effective baits for catching trout, but since I have never engaged in or been a fly fisherman, I have no experience with these feathered trout fishing lures. So flies will be omitted from this list of the best baits for trout fishing for lack of personal experience on my part. The baits/lures listed in this article are for use while spin fishing with traditional spin fishing gear.
The following baits are being listed in no particular order and all have their time and place in any serious anglers’ arsenal.
- Spoons & Spinners – Spoons and spinners are very effective trout fishing baits in many fishing situations. A popular and effective trout spinner would be the Rooster Tail. These lures come in various trout attracting colors and in my experience the smaller the Rooster Tail the better. A very popular and effective spoon for trout fishing would be the Little Cleo. These spoons mimic baitfish very well and easily fool hungry trout in both river and lake fishing situations.
- Live Worms – Live worms are especially effective when river fishing. Live worms aren’t nearly as effective when fishing for trout in lakes in my experience, but when river fishing live worms can be difficult to beat. A live worm rigged on a set of gang hooks and bounced along the bottom of your favorite river is a great technique. When it comes to catching trout in rivers live worms have to be among the best trout baits of all time.
- Manufactured Bait – Manufactured bait can be extremely effective, especially when fishing for stocked trout. The most popular and effective of all the manufactured baits for trout has to be Berkley Powerbait. A small ball of Powerbait (or 2 small balls if you are using gang hooks) rigged on a hook and allowed to float off of the bottom of a lake while still fishing can be a very effective fishing technique when fishing for stocked trout.
The bottom line is that if you consider yourself any kind of serious trout fisherman these 3 baits should be a part of your trout fishing repertoire. And if they aren’t, they should be added sooner, rather than later.