Top 5 Baits & Lures for Trout Fishing

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Trout are hands-down one of the most popular freshwater game fish.

 

They don’t put up the best fight like your bass, salmon and northern pike. But, they sure make up for it in their taste.

 

Don’t let the cooler weather keep you indoors, trout fishing in November is one of the best times of the year.

 

They are often a challenge to catch in that they take patience and skill. Trout can either be caught using a rod and reel or by fly fishing.

 

One of the ways that make trout so challenging is their outstanding eyesight. Trout can focus their eyes in different directions at the same time, which allows them to see in nearly every direction at once. Their vision is one of the greatest defenses they have.

 

There are a variety of trout such as the brown trout, lake trout, brooke trout and probably the most well-known, rainbow trout.

Top 5 Baits & Lures

If you’re thinking about fishing for some trout this month, here are the top 5 best baits and lures that are sure to get you a bite:

1. Insects

Trout are always on the hunt for food and will eat just about anything in their sight. Because of their enormous appetite, trout will swim in circles for other fish, crustaceans, leeches, worms and other foods.

 

About 90 percent of trout’s diet is bugs. This is because they are an easy prey for trout. It’s easy for trout to lie in calm water and munch on passing flies, ants and beetles than it is to chase after minnows.

2. Rebel Wee-Crawfish

For our rod and reel friends, the Rebel Wee-Crawfish is one of the best artificial lures out there for trout fishing. It’s designed to imitate a crawfish scooting across the bottom as if it were a fleeing crustacean. Because trout have knack for seeing everything they are sure to not miss any movements in the water.

3. Minnows

As great as lures and fly lines are as bait, you can’t beat the live natural bait for trout. One of the tastiest snacks for trout are minnows. The larger trout gobble them down like candy. Not many anglers use minnows as bait, but if you’re after the trophy trout, minnows are your go-to.

4. Fish Eggs

Trout also like to eat other fish’s eggs, especially salmon eggs. Using fish eggs as bait will also draw in the attention of trout. The best way to fish using fish eggs is to use the egg loop knot. This will help keep the eggs on the hook, so you can use it for multiple casts.

 

Salmon eggs are available in their natural coloring as well as other colors such as orange, red, pink, yellow and even fluorescent colors. Typically, the eggs will be treated with either a salty brine solution or with attractants featuring ingredients such as garlic or anise.

5. Berkley PowerBait

Berkley PowerBait is a go-to bait when it comes to fishing for trout. They have a strong odor that draws in trout from far away. They also come in all kinds of colors, which because of their excellent vision, it triggers the predatory instinct of them.

 

Although Berkley PowerBait is naturally a "flowing" bait, you can use it close to the bottom if you use a weight with it. You can also increase your likelihood of getting a bite by putting a PowerBait and a nightcrawler on the hook. This way the PowerBait has a nice color and odor while the nightcrawler provides movement attracting trout to it.

Trout Facts

Brown trout are one of the most genetically diverse vertebrates known. They have between 38 and 42 pairs of chromosomes while humans have only 23 pairs.

 

Brown trout can live to be 20 years old, but the majority of trout die within the first year. Mortality rates in their first year of life is typically 95 percent or greater. After that it falls to about 40-60 percent.

 

Trout can rapidly change color, getting darker when aggressive and lighter when submissive. They can also change color in response to a changing background.

Trout also select their mates to prevent in-breeding and give their offspring a higher likelihood to survive by choosing traits that are disease resistance. They do it by using their olfactory and visual senses.

 

Rainbow trout get their name from the colors that shine on their skin. Coloration in rainbow trout vary depending on the sex, habitat and maturity. Rainbow trout will spawn as young as 3 years old.

Leave a comment with your go-to trout bait. We'd love to hear from you.

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Happy fishing,

 

The Bubba Crew


1 Response

Ken
Ken

December 03, 2018

Thanks for the info on trout fishing. However, much of it for this neck of the woods will have to wait until next May, as most of the lakes now lie under the ice. Fishing up here in Maine is called “hard water” fishing. But don’t worry. Trout caught through the ice taste just as good, if not better, and my Bubba Blade is just as happy to clean `em out!

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