When it comes to trout baits there are many choices available to us and choosing the best baits for trout can sometimes be a difficult decision. In this article we'll explore some of the more popular trout baits and provide some tips for choosing the best baits for trout fishing. Is there a single trout bait that is better than all the others? This is impossible to say, but every trout angler more than likely has his or her favorite. Whatever works best for you is "the best". Any of the trout baits below will catch trout, and the final decision as to "the best" is up to you.
In the world of trout baits any of these choices are effective, some more so than others. Give a few of them a shot for yourself and determine the most effective for you. These baits are being listed in no particular order.
- Corn / Mallows / Cheese – These trout baits are most effective when used when fishing for stocked trout, that is trout that have been planed by your fish & game department. I personally rarely consider these trout to be trout at all, but they are nonetheless are trout. The use of corn, marshmallows, and cheese has long been staples to stock trout fishermen. When using these trout baits hooks no larger that size 8 should be employed.
- Artificial Trout Bait – Obviously artificial flies would be in this category, but since I'm not a fly fisherman I have no insight in flies, although they are an excellent trout bait. Small spinners are also great baits for trout, especially in river and stream situations. Panther Martin and Rooster Tail both make quality trout spinners. Effective sizes for trout fishing are from 3/16 to1 / 2 ounce. Effective colors vary, so having an assortment is always a great idea.
- Live Bait – Live bait is my personal favorite bait for trout fishing. Effective live baits for trout would include worms, minnows, crayfish, and insects (suck as grasshoppers and crickets). There are others, but these are the most popular live trout baits. The problem with most live baits for trout fishing is that they can be difficult to carry with you, especially in river and stream situations (which is where much trout fishing is done). This is why my favorite trout bait is worms, and I carry my worms in a bait bag. A bait bag is simply a small pouch that carries your live worms while trout fishing. This saves a ton of time and makes baiting up very easy. Live baits, no matter what your favorite is, is probably the effective effect of the trout baits, in my opinion.
- Manufactured Baits – These trout baits would include trout bait such as Powerbait, Power worms, and Berkley Gulp products. There are other manufacturers as well, but the bottom line is that these baits are manufactures baits made to look and small like live bait. Manufactured baits such as Berkley's Gulp and Power products can be very effective trout baits. They are also much easier to carry and much less messy than many live baits. Manufactured trout baits are a viable alternative to live bait in many instances.
The baits just listed are the most popular and effective choices when it comes to trout fishing. Are there other? Of course, but when it comes to choosing the best baits for trout fishing these choices are among the most effective.