More people are getting interested in fishing trout in the spring compared to other fishes. The spring is the ideal time to catch trout as the water remains cooler. The trout also remain very active and you may have a good catch on lakes with low elevation. You need to know everything about the life of a fish to catch it with ease consistently. This is true for all fishes. You had to understand when you feed, how you feed, and above all what they like most. Anyone can throw a little spinner into a pool full of trout stocked freshly and catch some. However, if you are serious about it and really want to catch a few trophy fish, then selecting your bait becomes important. The ideal trout bait closely mimics the favorite food of that fish.
It is important is to use of bait found in the natural habitat of the trout. If you like to fish in a river, minnows work wonderfully, but in the stocked ponds they would not work well. Captivated trout never witnessed bugs or minnows in their life, so you must give something they are accustomed to seeing as food. As a fierce predator, trout will chase their prey and hunt anything that moves or shines. It just triggers their instinct to pray. Bugs are among wild trout’s most suitable foods. That is why fishing using fly-fishing may be so reliable. They eat all sorts of worms, such as the Nightcrawlers. Trout also consume other smaller fishes. In reality, smaller trout are kept away from the bigger trout in trout hatcheries to save the smaller ones from being eaten by the bigger ones.
Some of the best baits for spring trout
You can use the following baits for spring trout based on their habitat and they may offer good results:
Minnows are different types of small fishes. They remain small throughout their lifespan and usually thrive in the shallow waters on the coast or close to the shore. Predator fishes like trout love to have these minnows as food. This is why minnows could be very good trout bait. They are bright and shiny making them perfect for trout fishing. It is; better to use minnows rather than spinners. Spinners are made to mimic these minnows, but using the real minnows instead is always more effective.
Minnows, however, can pose trouble to store and get. You have to keep them alive to use as bait. So you always have to keep them in a water-filled box and carry it to the fishing site. This restricts your capacity to shift between places.
By placing a piece of bread on one tiny hook, you may catch these minnows easily. They are also available in the market. For minnows, it is better to use one hook only and place the hook through its mouth from bottom to top. It can thus swim around and the movement attracts the trout.
One of the most effective wild trout baits is the nightcrawlers. It’s inexpensive, can be stored easily and ideal for keeping it for a long time on the fishing hook. They survive in water for quite a long period and while on the hook they turn and twist constantly, which is an advantage because the movement draws the attention of the trout swimming nearby.
The drawbacks But there is no scent trail associated with the Nightcrawlers. As living bait, the nightcrawlers also do not offer a very hygienic option when you are putting them on your fishing hook. Many individuals consider it uncomfortable to kill and hook them. You need not worry as there are also many commercially available readymade nightcrawler baits (dead baits) in the market.
Place the nightcrawlers on one hook only. Ensure that they have not covered the whole hook. This is important as you will fail to catch the fish if the hook is completely covered. Keep the crawler free as much as possible to allow its movement (ideally hanging out of the hook) so it can move a little when placed on the water. This will attract the trout more. You may use two of them is one hook to increase the movement and also one nightcrawler will always be on the hook.
For wild trout, eggs of Salmon are among their favorite foods. They are protein rich and cannot escape, making them perfect for using as trout bait for lake trout fishing. They are affordable and simple to buy. They are sold in small jars and available in fishing and bait stores. Go for the red ones for a better result as they can be seen by the trout under the worst scenarios and visibility.
The biggest negative thing about salmon eggs is their inability to stick to the hook. They tend to come off too easily, even if you put it properly.
You can use a simple trick to put the salmon eggs on the hook. Cover the entire hook with the eggs, but leave the end empty. Salmon eggs are best when you are fishing near the shore.
Baits mimicking the native bait fish
The truth is, trout move continuously in search of food in different parts of its habitat. But they also keep away from getting too far from their cover where they remain protected against their predators. The trout in the lakes are habituated of feeding on natural indigenous fishes. So, they are good lake trout baits. You can seek help from the local fishermen and anglers. Usually, the best artificial baits are small and weightless. To attract them further, you can use shiny beads and metallic foils.
Fishing trout in stocked water
If you are fishing in stocked waterbodies, you will require other types of baits and not the ones already mentioned. Here, the trout are typically fed by the pool owner because the local ecosystem cannot provide them with sufficient food. The most suitable strategy will be to give the same food as bait which the pool owner uses to feed the trout. This is ideal as trout have these foods regularly and are used to them. They will readily recognize your bait as food. Do not use minnows in stocked pools as the trout probably have not seen them in their life. Moreover, the stocked pool trout are well fed. So they will not try new foods easily. It is; therefore, better to use normal foods as bait here.
Your bait depends on where you are fishing
The best bait for trout depends a great deal on where exactly you are fishing. Salmon eggs are great when you are fishing near the shore, but not ideal for deep water fishing. Nightcrawlers will be a better choice in deep waters. Again in a stocked pool try to stick to the foods as bait which the pool owner uses to feed the trout. Everything is about understanding the locality and the habitat of the trout.
Some of the useful tips for successful catch
Spring is the time when many small fish species swim in the rivers and creeks for spawning. This implies that hungry trout in the lake will be laying waiting at the mouth of the inlet rivers and streams that connect with the lake. Approach these hot spots quietly and peacefully without drawing much attention. Set a crankbait, which dives at least 12-15 feet, on the first descent adjacent to the mouth of the creek.
Typically search for rocky submerged hills or shallow underwater spots having a connection to the shore. The rock retains warmth from the sun, making the surrounding area warm that attracts trout. Use the sonar to find the edge of the hilly structure. When you get an area similar to this (you can take help of the GPS or a paper map). Then walk along the edges with a crankbait while not crossing the top or the hump. Try to move back and forth in a zigzag way over the hump area if the earlier method fails to give you a good catch.
Use rods with a test line of 4-6 pounds (light action rods)
This is the most useful rod to catch trout, allowing you to employ different methods to nail your trout. The friction is less for the lighter lines in the water and enables you to easily cast the lines to the deepest bottom of the water body.
Be prepared to face heavy trout in lakes (weighing over 30 pounds), which cannot be managed with a lighter rod. It is better to have a heavier rod with you in case you encounter one such big fish. Using a spinning reel with an open face and thin lines is helpful. Place the reel in the right direction in front of the rod and use the 6 or 10 number hooks to catch. Trout are quite aggressive predators, so fishing them brings a lot more fun. You will be highly successful if you use the correct bait. Enjoy some good trout catch.