Trout Fishing Tips – Fishing Live Bait
What is your preference when fishing for Trout? Live bait? Or Lures? For this article I’m going to focus mainly on fishing small Trout streams with 3 different types of live bait that Trout absolutely love.
Understand, I like to use lures as much as anyone else but when it comes to Trout Fishing, whether in a stream or spring fishing in a lake, I will always choose live bait over lures.
Why? Because fishing live bait is more natural. Live bait will work more often than Lures, and likely so because when Trout get up in the morning and head out to their favorite set of rapids for breakfast this is what they will normally eat, and you can get live bait free if you want to go to the stream for crayfish, field for grasshoppers or dig up your own earthworms.
So first choose a bait you know trout normally eat everyday. Second, serve it to them in a way their used to having it served to them.
EARTHWORMS – a large earthworm is about 2″ long and works great for Stream fishing Trout.
When hooked properly they can be deadly. They aren’t as popular in the bait shops as nightwalkers but some bait shops do have them. This weekend I was doing some landscaping and found tons of earthworms just under the sod as I was digging up my lawn. Also you can find them under rocks and dead logs. Nightwalkers will work, not as well, but they will work. If you have to use nightwalkers cut a small piece off- about 1/2″ to 1″ and use that.
Crayfish – early in the spring when the water is cold it’s better to use small crayfish about 1″long. Once the water warms up and the Trout are more active they will be more apt to attack larger bait. If you can find soft shelled crayfish then you just hit the jack pot.
Trout love um.
Grasshoppers – are fun to use as bait. Watch for rising Trout, hook a grasshopper through the back without any weight so he floats and watch for a Trout to come to the surface and nail him. How exciting is that. If you don’t want to catch your own grasshoppers you will probably need to go to a pet store to find them. Pet stores usually sell them for reptile food.
These are just three of the most common live baits used to fish small streams for Trout. Other great live Trout bait to consider include: Caddis Larvae, Stone Fly Nymph (best used in mid summer; look under rocks) mayflies, minnows (use all year;especially for brown trout who generally eat more fish as they get older) and Hellgrammites (Dobsonfly Larvae; best used in spring & early summer).
So….Are you ready to go fishing? Have you been thinking about a good place to try out some live bait?