Trout fishing is a wonderful, yet frustrating recreational pursuit. Nothing is more frustrating about trout fishing then when you don’t catch anything (especially when others are!). Here are some tips that can help you to catch more brown, rainbow, or brook trout.
One mistake that people make is to start off their trout fishing by wading. I love to wade to fish for trout, but the water is the fish’s natural habitat it is not yours. Start fishing from the banks using the brush and shade to stay out of the trout’s line of sight. Don’t get into the water until you have fished what you can reach from the bank.
Get out of bed early to trout fish. I struggle with this one, but it is good advice. I good rule of thumb for all fishing including trout is dawn and dusk is the bet time.
Use bait. While some only want to use artificial lures, night crawlers, minnows, grasshoppers, and other baits are great for trout.
Cast into the water gently to keep from spooking trout. A weighted bait or lure hitting the water anywhere near a trout is a disaster. Cast past the trout and reel or better yet drift the bait or lure to them. When possible cast against a rock or onto the bank and gently reel the bait or lure into the water. Casting into an area of rapids in a stream will disguise the splash of the lure as well.
Looking for the trout is another mistake that many fisherman and fisherwomen make. Use the crystal clear trout water to your advantage by scanning the water to spot trout. One of my favorite ways to spot trout is to wade to a large rock in the stream to get a high vantage point. Be mindful of moving slow and cautiously as the trout can see you as well!
Be careful about snags when trout fishing. Getting snagged and thrashing the water and wading to get the lure or bait unstuck is a great way to scare the trout from the hole. Make casts that are likely to get snagged after hitting the easy areas first.
Head for the small water to catch more trout. Everyone hit’s the easy spots and the places where they can wade and canoe. Go upstream or up small tributaries to find trout that have not been pressured or caught.
Make friends with other trout fisherman in the area. Trout can be picky, find out from others what is working and start with that. I have found that those fisherman leaving the water with a stringer full of trout are often willing to share what they were using.
Keep an eye on changes in the water temperature when trout fishing. When wading without waders this is easy. Changes in the water temperature from tributaries, underwater springs and other features can be an indicator of where the trout might be.
The last tip to catch more trout is to fish whenever you can. No matter how bad you might think the trout fishing will be you’ll have a better chance to catch one with a lure in the water than you will on the couch.