Good Rainbow Trout Baits

When it comes to fishing for rainbow trout there are many factors that come together which enable you to experience success on the water, and one of the most important is the type of bait that you choose to utilize. I have been successfully fishing for this beautiful species of fish for more than a quarter of a century and in that time have learned what types of bait rainbows like to eat.

Below I will outline some good rainbow trout baits, so that you can make sure that you have these baits available to you the next time that you try to catch some rainbow trout. Are these baits the only ones that can be used when fishing for rainbow trout? Of course not, but they are all readily available, good, and effective rainbow trout baits that need to be a part of your fishing arsenal. Secret bait for rainbow trout

Anytime that you talk about baits that can be used to catch rainbow trout, you have to mention Powerbait. Although some trout fishing purists, make mock the use of Powerbait, it nonetheless has to be mentioned as a good rainbow trout bait (especially if the rainbows that you are fishing for have been stocked which is very common). Powerbait fished on a basic bottom rig, so that the bait itself is floating off of the bottom of a lake or pond, is a difficult tactic to beat anytime that you are fishing for stocked trout.

The next bait that needs to be discussed is incredibly common, yet often utilized in ways that are not as effective as they could be, the live fishing worm. When it comes to rainbow trout baits, fishing worms (both live and synthetic) are an amazingly effective choice. When fishing for rainbows in a river or stream, “drift fishing” is a great trout tactic to employ with fishing worms. When fishing for lake locked rainbows, fishing worms are effective when “still fished” especially if the worm has been inflated with a worm blower so that it floats off of the bottom.

Finally we have a bait that you are probably familiar with, the artificial fly. When it comes to good baits for trout, the artificial fly is probably the most well known and this is for good reason. Insects are a major food source for rainbow trout and artificial flies are the best way to mimic a live insect. Fly fishermen fish artificial flies by using fly fishing gear and spin fishermen can fish artificial flies by utilizing a “fly fishing bubble”, but the bottom line is that these often hand made trout baits are an incredibly effective bait choice for these beautiful fish.

The aforementioned baits all make good rainbow baits and should be a part of any serious trout fisherman’s repertoire, there’s no doubt about it.

Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing a website focused on river and stream fishing with a focus on fishing for trout. He has more than 25 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and has spent much of that time fishing in small rivers and streams

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