Many people are interested in the subject of catching a rainbow trout and don’t understand some of the basics. A rainbow trout isn’t a very hard fish to catch in many situations, and in cases of lakes and rivers that are stocked, catching a rainbow trout can be quite simple. Native rainbow trout can be a bit more difficult to catch, but the techniques are pretty much the same.
The first order of business is your fishing gear. For rainbow trout, we don’t want to use gear that’s any heavier that light action. Light action rods and reels are largest gear that we want to use. I personally use ultra light fishing gear, but that decision is up to you. The bottom line is that your gear should be no heavier than light action. Also, that gear should be spooled with line that’s no heavier than eight pound test. I personally think eight pound test is too heavy, but it’s the heaviest that you can go. Six or even four pound test is much more desirable.
Now that we have the proper gear, the next thing to discuss is what to use for bait. There are three main options when it comes to catching a rainbow trout. Live bait, synthetic bait, and lures, let’s discuss them all: gear for the fishing
Live Bait – Live bait is just as you would imagine…it’s alive. Live bait would include minnows, crayfish, leeches, maggots, meal worms, and the favorite of all favorites, the worm. The important thing to remember with live bait and rainbow trout is that the bait needs to be alive. Dead bait won’t work for rainbow trout. Also, you want to present your live bait in the most natural way possible. Gang hooks are a wonderful way to accomplish this.
Synthetic Bait – Synthetic bait would include Powerbait, canned salmon eggs, marshmallows, cheese, and all other man maid baits. For stocked rainbow trout, these baits are hard to beat. They come in a variety of scents and colors, and are quite productive. As I said, stocked trout love this stuff, although native trout don’t seem to be quite so keen on synthetic baits. Again, gang hooks are a wonderful way to fish synthetic baits. Double the bait, double your chances of hooking up.
Lures – There are obviously enough lure choices to literally choke a horse, but the main ones would include: spinners, spoons, minnow imitations, and jigs. Lures are really up to personal preference. Experimentation is the key with lure fishing. If something’s not working for a half hour or so, change it up. As far as sizes when fishing for rainbow trout, I wouldn’t suggest any lures bigger than ¼ ounce. For minnow imitations, nothing over 3 inches, unless your fishing for really big rainbows.