As the weather begins to warm up and the spring fishing season gets underway, one of the most targeted species of fish in many area’s is the rainbow trout and in this article I will outline some good baits to use if you want to catch a limit of “rainbows”. I have been fishing for this beautiful species of fish for more than two decades and in that time have learned the types of baits that are good and the types of baits that are not so good when it comes to fishing for rainbow trout.
The first bait is one of the most popular trout baits on the market and it’s called Powerbait. This extruded, man made bait is most effective when molded around a small fishing hook and “still fished” in a lake that contains stocked rainbow trout. Once rigged, the Powerbait is cast out, allowed to sink to the bottom of the lake, and as I said, “still fished”.
The next bait that needs to be outlined is the fly. Artificial flies are without a doubt a good bait for rainbow trout, as insects are a major food source for rainbows. Flies can be fished in one of two ways; by “fly fishing” with fly fishing gear or by using something called a “fly fishing bubble” and traditional spin fishing gear. Either way, flies are most certainly one of the best types of bait to use to catch rainbow trout. Fishing baits
No list of rainbow trout baits would be complete without mentioning the live worm. These wriggly little buggers are not only among the good baits to catch rainbow trout, in my experience they might just be the best. This is especially true when live worms are used as bait while “drift fishing” in the flowing waters of a river or stream. Live worms that are “inflated” can also be very effective when used as bait while still fishing in a lake or pond.
Finally there is the old standby known as the salmon egg. Salmon eggs (especially when used when rainbows or other trout are spawning) is without a doubt a good bait to use catch a few of our rainbow colored friends. Creek mouths that flow into lakes can be an excellent area to use salmon eggs as bait (especially when creek flows are high). Attach a small float to your line and have the eggs rigged underneath the float, cast towards where the creek enters the lake and let the eggs bounce around in the current.
The bottom line is that the aforementioned baits are all good baits to use to catch rainbow trout. If any of them aren’t a part of your trout fishing arsenal they should be added sooner rather than later.
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 stream