Catch Trout with Tried and Proven Tips

Sunday, April 29, 2012 2:35 | Filled in Blog

To many, trout is perhaps the hardest fish to catch.  It is not as straightforward as other fish are when it comes to finding the bait.  Compared to catfish it is one of the most difficult fish to catch, but given certain parameters, it will become easy for users to find and catch trout, regardless of which kind it is.

Tips for finding trout, regardless of where you live, are simple and do not require any prep work beforehand.

  1. Ease up on the Bait – The general rule of thumb for some fish is to stock up on the fish bait because it lures the fish out.  That may be true in some cases, but not in all.  It is especially not true in trout’s case.  Trout are traditionally “picky” eaters.  They don’t eat larger items but rather are seen as nibblers.  Smaller sized bait will go a long way in attracting the fish.  Part of the science behind that is because they are smaller fish, thus needing smaller amounts of food at one “sitting”.  Bigger fish like carp and catfish more often go with bigger bait.  In regards to bait, trout is not turned on to smellier baits.  The smellier the bait the more they will be turned off.
  2. Patience – Patience is a virtue when fishing. You could in theory have the same bait on the same hook for hours and not catch anything.  Trout are picky eaters, but they’re cautious eaters, too.  Any strange movements or anything that seems out of place will give them the wrong impression.  Their eyes are much better than other fish while many other species rely on their sense of smell.  Be patient and don’t be surprised if they don’t come out immediately.
  3. Don’t Move or Shake – Of course this is impossible but at least limit it.  Trout, especially rainbow trout gets scared off easily. Whether you are in a boat or on shore, keep the moving to a minimum.  Fish can actually sense it, not just trout.
  4. High Rising Areas – Days after a rain some areas of rivers, lakes, or ponds raise higher than others.  This is a prime place for trout to hang out.  On the inverse, places that are lower tend to have the same result.
  5. Warmer Temperatures – Warmer weather is more conducive to catching trout.  They thrive in the warmer weather for a number of reasons.  Late spring and early summer are prime times for spawning so there is an abundance of trout come warmer weather time.

Patience and Fun: Maximizing Trout Fishing Part 2

Sunday, March 25, 2012 21:02 | Filled in Blog

Shallow Areas and Vegetation Win the Day

Areas with vegetation are more than likely going to house some trout. They need a “warm” place in which to lay their eggs or spawn. Vegetation also gives them some protection from natural fish predators.  Trout, like all fish, have enemies.

They also have the propensity to hang out in shallow areas.  Streams and brooks will find plenty of trout.  Fly fishing and lure fishing is perhaps best in these areas, but if you’re careful you can see the fish going about their business in the area. It is a site to be seen, to be sure.

Color of the Lines and Bait

The color of the line attracts the trout.  In the past it has been argued that trout are color blind. Thus far there is no proven theory as to whether this is true or not. However, it has been shown that simple white lines reduce the amount of catches for any fish and that color variation in lines help draw the attention of fish.  It would appear that with these facts and figures that fish would not be color blind. When looking at it under water it would appear that there is a huge difference in the color of the lines.

Trout fishing can be fun – but it can also be stressful and aggravating when nothing is caught. That is understandable and no one likes that feeling.  However, the three areas above are only three strategies of the hundreds that can be employed when catching trout.  Have fun, regardless of the direction you decide to take.

Patience and Fun: Maximizing Trout Fishing Part 1

Friday, February 10, 2012 20:55 | Filled in Blog

Trout are tricky fish. Some say they are the smartest out there today, but with the right know-how and knowledge base of the trout, one can catch a trout easily and with precision.  There are many breeds of trout out there today. This makes it a little tricky for anglers to come up with a strategy, but there are few proven techniques that give you a great insight into catching trout.

Trout are actually on the rise, improving your chances of catching the elusive fish. Everything from rainbow trout to the cutthroat trout is on the rise.

Do Not Disturb

Like any fish it is important not to disturb their environment.  Trout can live in a lot of types of water but regardless of the type of water they live in they can find a place where they can swim and congregate amongst fish.  Trout are best caught when they are not disturbed.  Plowing a boat into an area and leaving the engines on will cause a disruption, giving them reason to scatter.  Trout fishing requires patience – and a lot of it in some cases.  Making sudden loud noises and disruptive actions will lessen the chances of you getting a trout.

Different Types of Trout

Sunday, January 29, 2012 3:51 | Filled in Blog

Know the Differences in Trout

Before fishing for trout, it is important to know how many types of trout there are out there.  Knowing the specifics of the types of trout can give valuable insight into how an angler fishes.  Catching trout is common, but it could be made easy if you are able to identify the specific types of trout that can be fished. Many anglers will know that the trout is distinguishable through the spots they have on their bodies.  But that still does not negate the fact that there are different species of trout out there today.

  1. Cutthroat Trout – There are different species of cutthroat trout like Rio Grande, Green Back, and Snake River trouts.  All of these trout are significantly different, mostly characterized by the color but they do share at least one commonality: when spawning, their color will change and their jaw bones become more pronounced.  Of course there are several other types of cutthroat trout but the ones listed above are more common.  They can be found in several streams in Colorado and the west. They are, however, making their way across the United States.
  2. Rainbow Trout – Perhaps the most common form of trout, it can also be found all across the world. Its distinguishing mark is the color is striped throughout the body.  Colors will vary from species to species, but when you see the stripes, it is a clear indication it is a rainbow trout.  They are also one of the easiest types of trout to the fish.  Their typical pattern of life is to swim in shallower areas.  They have no specific migrating pattern, only when spawning. During spawn season, rainbow trout will swim upstream.
  3. Brown Trout – Its characteristic is obvious, but the brown trout poses more issues than people would like to think.  It is a not-so-easily fooled fish, which makes it much harder to fish.  They are also more aggressive, further challenging the fishermen.
  4. Golden Trout – A golden trout can be found near the riffles of the water and they are not as smart or crafty as a brown trout is. Gold trout are faster than other forms of trout and also swim upstream to spawn.

These are only four species of trout.  There are dozens more, all with different characteristics.  Knowing the type of trout is in your area can help you determine a better course of action for your fishing.  Fishing can be fun but when you are stuck and uninformed, you could be put in a position to fail.  Know how to identify the different types of trout and their patterns and you will surely have better success.

Catching Trout: Getting Started

Tuesday, December 27, 2011 19:15 | Filled in Blog
So you have chosen to give trout fishing a try. Congratulations! Trout fishing can be a fun and rewarding experience. Perhaps you want to catch tonight’s dinner, or make a king-sized catch you can brag about for years to come, or maybe you just want to spend a few quiet hours relaxing with your thoughts. You can achieve any of these goals when trout fishing. Read on! 

Getting Started

Where to fish? Trout thrive in cool, clean lakes and streams, ideally between 40 and 60 degrees. They don’t fare well in polluted waters in or near cities, so rural areas are most likely your best bet. Trout generally reside in deep – to mid-level waters, so you will most likely be fishing from a boat, not the shore. They often rest where fast water meets slow water and where deep water meets shallow water. In lakes, trout can often be found close to underwater formations like rocks, docks or sandbars. In streams, head to places where food gathers naturally, like eddies. If you’re fishing in a heavily-visited area, leave the crowds behind and be on the lookout for areas described above.  Take a moment to research your fishing location beforehand – knowing where to fish will save you time and give you a greater chance for success.

The best time of the year for trout fishing is spring, as the water temperature is ideal and trout are hungry, so you have a greater opportunity to make a catch. Summertime is also good, although it is best to avoid the warmest hours of the day, when trout are less likely to venture out for food.  Fish in the late afternoon hours during springtime, and early morning hours in the summer, when the water temperature and feeding conditions are ideal.

Trout Fishing

Saturday, November 26, 2011 18:04 | Filled in Blog

Fishing is a wonderful family activity. People also consider fishing a bonding time with friends. It is fun to hang out with friends or family while fishing, but it is equally fun to catch fish. Not catching any trout on your fishing trip can be very frustrating. Hopefully with these tips, catching trout will be easier and a lot of fun.

 

Follow the rules

Wherever you are fishing you must know the rules. Every state has different rules for fishing. Anywhere you go you are sure to have to buy a fishing license. It is very important to follow the rules. These rules are put in place for the safety of the fish and for the preservation of the environment. It is very important that you find out the regulations of the state that you are fishing in, and that you do not forget your fishing license or you will face hefty fines.

 

Fishing tools

Make sure that you have the appropriate fishing rods and reels for the job.  If you are not an experienced fisherman, going to a pro shop is your best bet. Make sure that you are getting help from someone in the shop that has a knowledge of trout fishing. Getting the wrong fishing equipment will mean a very slow fishing experience for all.  If you plan on continuing your fishing experience, then make sure you buy the best of the best. If you settle for the cheaper products they will not last as long and your fishing experience may be compromised.

 

Buying the right tackle is very important too. You will also need to make sure that the tackle you buy is appropriate to use with  your fishing rod. When you get your tackle you should rig it up before you leave for your fishing trip. It is easier to have it done beforehand rather than waiting until you are ready to fish.

 

Bait

The type of bait you use while trying to catch trout is very important. If you use live bait you will have to check on the guide and regulations of what you can use. You do not want to stick just anything in the water. That is one of the causes of water pollution. Plus that is a way of freeing dangerous parasites into the water that can kill the trout. Some types of live bait you can use are:

 

  • Crayfish
  • Leeches
  • Meal worms
  • Minnows
  • Earth worms
  • Insects

If you would rather use synthetic bait, there are so many of those available to use. You may be able to use these certain kinds of synthetic bait if it is allowed by the rules and regulations. These baits are:

 

  • Marshmallows
  • Salmon eggs
  • Corn
  • Powerbait
  • Cheese

Bait and Tackle

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 19:15 | Filled in Blog
Stick to quality name brands. A standard spinning reel and rod will do for most trout. Use a 4 or 6 pound test line and very small hooks.  

It is suggested you carry a variety of baits to choose from. Good bait to use:
  • Worms – your best bet if the water is muddy.
  • Salmon eggs – convenient and especially liked by rainbow and brown trout.
  • Minnows (live or artificial) – lethal trout catchers in the hands of experienced anglers.
  • Marshmallows – small, easy to find and carry and irresistible to stocked trout.

Other good bait to try: insect larvae, kernel corn, egg sacs, crayfish, spinners, spoons and flies (wet and dry).

This may sound odd, but you may want to dirty your hands a bit before handling your bait. The scent of your bait may be altered if you handle it with your bare hands. To ensure this doesn’t happen, try rubbing your hands with dirt or muck from your fishing location. Toss your bait upstream and let it drift downward.

Trout Catching Methods

Thursday, September 15, 2011 19:17 | Filled in Blog

Which Methods are the Most Used?

  • Fly fishing – This is the most popular method for catching trout. Fly fishing requires a fly fishing rod and reel, colored and weighted line and lures. The lures, called flies, consist of feathers, threads and other similar objects tied around a small hook. When casting out, most flies float on the surface. Ideally, a hungry trout will come to the surface and attack the fly.

  • Jigging – A jig, also known as a bucktail, is a lure with a weighted body. The lure makes a jumping, bobbing or fluttering motion when cast, which makes it mimic a baitfish. You can raise and lower or wave from side to side your bait at a calm and steady pace. You may also vary the height and timing to give the jig an erratic movement that mimics a wounded fish. Jigging seems to work best in early spring or fall. During the rest of the year, you may want to try fly fishing or trolling.

  • Trolling – Trolling means slowly dragging your lure through deep water. When trolling from a boat, you will quiet the motor so as not to frighten away the fish. The faster you go, the higher your hook will ride in the water. Once you start moving, let your line out a few feet at a time until you feel your weight hit the lakebed. Investing in a depth finder may be a good idea, although you may be able to estimate the depth by letting out your line carefully. Use a swivel or a three-way swivel to attach a weight to your line and leave your lure free to move. Ideally, the weight should hang about four feet below the swivel. When using this approach, reel in a few feet of line after you feel the weight hit the bottom.

How to Tell When You Catch a Trout

Saturday, August 27, 2011 19:32 | Filled in Blog

You can tell you have a bite when the part of your line above the surface “jumps.” When this happens, set the hook and be prepared for a good tangle! Once you hook a trout, reeling one in is fun, as they are feisty creatures and will likely put up a good fight. They may jump and splash around a good bit. Make sure you immediately give the line some slack when they jump to avoid dislodging the hook. Keep a steady reeling pressure to bring your trout to shore, where you can choose to keep your catch or release it back into the water.

When you call it a day and decide to head home, please remember to be kind to the environment. Clean up after yourself and leave your fishing area as you found it!

The best thing you can do before you go trout fishing is to educate yourself. Visit your state’s Department of Natural Resources website. They often post important information and useful tips. You may also look for trout fishing tips through a search engine like Google or Yahoo. If you know anyone who is an avid fisherman, talk to them and get their advice. Educating yourself and keeping informed will save you time and money and, most important, it will give you peace of mind. Enjoy your fishing experience!

Best Trout Fishing Weather

Saturday, July 9, 2011 9:36 | Filled in Blog

Weather

The weather plays a big part in how successful you are in fishing for trout. During the summer the lake trout tend to be more active in the morning. It is best not to disturb the surface of the water or you will scare the trout away. When it comes to windy days, you should fish on the side on the lake where the wind is coming from. When the wind blows the warms surface, it does not leave enough oxygen for the trout. So if you try to fish where the wind is blowing, you will never catch any trout. So always try to watch the weather channel for conditions.

You definitely do not want to go fishing on the days that it is raining, but catching live bait is great in the rain. Do not let rain ruin your fishing trip. It is a great way to find earthworms.