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How To Catch Rainbow Trout From Shore



In areas where trout fishing is possible, there is probably no more popular species of trout to fish for than the rainbow trout. And often, the best place to fish for rainbow trout in from the shore of a lake or pond. Below I will outline how to catch rainbow trout from shore, or at least the way that I have been doing it for almost 30 years, so that you can use the technique to catch more rainbow trout from shore the next time that you head out fishing.


Before I get doesn't to the technique itself, it's important to point out that when you fish for rainbow trout from shore, those trout have often been "stocked" into whatever body of water you are fishing. This means that the fish have been raised in a hatchery by human beings and are used to eating less that natural food. For this reason a very effective bait for these trout is a trout bait that has been manufactured with trout attracting scents (much like the food they are used to eating). The specific type of trout bait that I am referring to is called Powerbait .


If you want to learn how to catch rainbow trout from shore on a consistent basis, Powerbait is an excellent bait to use, and the technique that is being outlined is an incredibly effective technique to use. You are going to need only 3 things; Some egg sinkers (from 1/4 to 1/2 ounce), a few small swivels, and a set of gang hooks or small treble hooks. Start by grabbing the end of your line an slipping 1 egg sinker onto the line. Now tie a swivel to the end of the line. The swivel will act as a 'stopper' and also help to prevent line twist when rainbow trout are hooked. Now a set of gang hooks is tied to the opposite end of the swivel. A small treble hook (size #12 or #18) that is attached to a twelve to eighteen inch leader can also be used if you are so inclined. This is the exact rig that will be used to catch trout.


Now, each fishing hook (or the treble hook) is baited with Powerbait by forming a small ball around the hook. It's important that the hook is covered entirely with bait and that no metal from the hook is visible to the trout. That's it, now you are ready to catch some rainbow trout from shore. Cast the baited rig into the water and leave the bale of your reel over so that the sinker can sink all the way to the bottom. Now slowly reel in any slack line so that your line is completely taught and you have direct contact with your trout bait.


The "still fishing" can now begin. You will know when an inquisitive rainbow trout is biting your offering when the tip of your fishing rod begins to bounce. My normal "rule of thumb" is to wait 30-45 minutes and if no rainbows have bitten in that time, I reel in, re-bait , and re-cast. Often changing the color or type of Powerbait will make the difference between catching rainbows and not catching rainbows on a particular day, although I have no clue why this is the case. For this reason, having a few colors/flavors of Powerbait with you is always a good idea when you are fishing for rainbow trout from shore.


In any case, what was just described is how to catch rainbow trout from shore, and if it's a technique that you were unfamiliar with it should be added to your trout fishing repertoire sooner, rather than later.

JRW Fishing.com ~ Quality products for fishermen from Northwest Montana
432 East Idaho, Suite #C251 Kalispell, MT 59901
email: tkugler@jrwfishing.com