Whether you are a seasoned veteran or just learning to fish for trout, it is helpful to have some trout bait tips before you head out for your next fishing trip. A few simple guidelines can make your trout fishing trips more productive and fun. You do not have to spend hundreds of dollars on fishing gear in order to reel in the big one. With the proper bait and presentation, catching the biggest trout is easy.
Trout will feed on almost anything, so choose the best bait based on the conditions of the lake you plan to fish in. Some of the best choices will be found in natural lakes or streams. Try to fish for trout during the cooler morning hours when they are spawning and when you see them holding up their sails. Trout will be most active in the daytime or in the late morning and early afternoon when the sun is shining brightly.
Trout are very patient predators, but will chase anything that smells particularly good. Salmon and trout can be lured with anything from live worms to cheese or small pieces of meat. Artificial lures such as worms or small colored plastic baits work well. When using live worms, however, it is a good idea to rinse them off immediately after the lure has been spinnerfished.
One important factor to remember when choosing a trout bait is to select one that will not irritate the sensitive skin of trout. Crappie is the most commonly thought to cause itching, but it is actually reaction to the scent of the lure. To avoid irritating your trout, use a bait that is designed for their body shape. Round or oblong shaped baits will not rub off on the delicate skin of the trout. Most trout bait buying guides will tell you that the best colors to use are the lightest, so that they will not cause irritation. However, you must be careful not to use too many colors, especially on bright, sunny days.
An important aspect of selecting a trout bait is how it feels in the mouth of the trout. Some types of artificial lures can be more uncomfortable than others. This can be especially uncomfortable if you're fishing in a very warm temperature. Artificial minnows are the best trout bait for warmer conditions because they are less likely to cause irritation to the fish's stomach. You will find that minnows taste very similar to chicken livers. If the temperature gets too hot for a trout, simply switch to a different type of trout bait.
Another good bait for trout is minnows that come in small, clear plastic bags. These baits are very effective, because the minnows are able to slip easily through the mouth of the trout. Some types of minnows even float on the surface of the water. The plastic minnows are very attractive to trout because they resemble minnows eaten by sport fish, and you will be able to see them as you pick them up.
A very popular type of trout bait is tiny live worms. You should be very careful when using live worms, as they can injure or even kill a fish. When fishing in clear river currents, it's best to use small, red worms that look like shad, but are smaller. Trout tend to like worms that resemble the texture of either their eggs or meat - they won't turn away from anything that looks like either. One other advantage to using live worms is that they will keep the water clean of any dirt or insects.
You don't need a lot of money to invest in trout bait. There are some excellent brands of natural bait available at many sporting goods stores. However, I would recommend not wasting your money on gimmicky trout bait bags or syringes sold by unlicensed vendors. The best trout bait for catching small fish is the same bait you'll use fishing for larger species. Get a good quality bait bag, a good quality line, and a good quality worm and let nature provide the reward.