Rainbow trout

Fishing for Rainbow Trout: Everyday Tips to Reel in the Big One

Some of the most common trout, the rainbow trout, are probably the easiest to catch and you will find them in abundance in rivers and lakes. Rainbow trout will attack a wide variety of lures and baits, and fly fishermen have taken a liking to catching these aggressive fish. Even with rainbow trout, however, you have to figure out what bait they want. When it comes to weight range, most rainbow trout will vary from 1/2 to 3 lbs. If you catch a trout above that size, you have caught a monster of a fish in most cases with Alaska and a couple of other places being the exception.

In North America, rainbow trout, along with panfish and largemouth bass, are your most common freshwater game fish. Many times rainbows will leap through the water as you have them hooked. These fish put up a good fight with light tackle, and as an extra bonus, a lot of the lakes and mountain rivers where you find them are natural and highly scenic, which will only add to this wonderful fishing experience.

Rainbow Trout: Lures

These fish will bite on multiple lures like spoons, plugs, spinners and jigs from one inch to three inches in size. In general, bring the whole family of lures because rainbow trout can be picky devils and choose one lure over another. Adaptability is the fisherman’s best friend. One time fishing, you may have tons of luck with a yellow and green jig. You catch 12, one right after the next. The next time you go to use that same yellow and green jig, you get crickets. It depends on the mood of your prey.

One-track Mind: Trout Eat What Bugs Them

Trout love to eat their bugs. They’re like that kindergarten kid who loved to show off his insect eating skills to the other kids. Many times, you will see the rainbow trout rise to the surface and ignore all other food choices. Fly fisherman are in luck with this juicy opportunity, but everyone else better pack their bags and go home. It is a wrong time to be fishing with lures. The other thing that you can do if you do not fly fish is to tie a small and clear bobber to your line. You will follow this up with a 5′ light leader and tie a fly at the end of it. In a lot of cases, you can get more distance than the fly fisherman. Reel it back in slowly to look like a bug. The fun part about this fishing technique is how you can watch the trout go after the bait. The frustrating part is how you will often watch the fish eat the fly and spit it out more often than not. You have to have lightning fast reflexes.

If you want to fish for the big boys, choose a jerkbait like the Yellow Bird Minnow Baits, Doctor Spoons or KB Spoons. Often, this becomes your fast-route ticket to hooking a monster. Colors like silver and colors that resemble a small rainbow trout are also an excellent choice, and sometimes even the largemouth bass and brown trout will chase after them.

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