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The Best Lures For Rainbow Trout: Catch More Trout This Season


Although this might sound crazy to some, there are many many people who enjoy fishing for rainbow trout, yet choose not to "fly fish". In some ways it seems like if a person fishes for rainbow trout, he or she must be a fly fisherman, because of course fly fishing and trout go hand in hand right? Well, not for all of us. As a matter of fact many people, of whom I would include myself, love to fish for rainbow trout but prefer to do so while using traditional spin fishing gear.

When spin fishing for rainbow trout, there are times and fishing areas where live bait isn't effective or is not allowed, and in these instances artificial lures are in order. Below I will outline a few of the best lures for rainbow trout based on more than two decades of experience spent chasing rainbows from sea to shining sea. Every spin fishing trout fisherman needs an assortment of trout lures in his or her fishing vest and one or more of these options needs to be among them if the goal is to catch more trout.

  1. Leland Trout Magnet The trout magnet is so irresistible to rainbows because its balanced design allows it to fall horizontally rather than vertically in the water, which hungry rainbow trout find difficult to resist. They come in a variety of trout catching colors and these micro jigs are extremely effective lures for rainbow trout if rivers, streams, and lakes when fished beneath a small Styrofoam float.
  2. Luhr-Jensen Kwikfish These wiggling plugs have a wide slow action that triggers trout to strike, similar to another lure called a Flat Fish. The k-5 size is perfect for rainbow trout and can be cast and retrieved quite easily. A Kwickfish or two is a welcomed addition to any serious trout fisherman's arsenal.
  3. Panther Martin Dressed Spinners As you probably know, in line spinners are great trout lures and Panther Martin's dressed series is arguably the most effective spinner choice out there. They feature a unique shaft through blade design and teardrop body that makes casting and retrieving these rainbow trout lures a breeze. And the unique blade design and hackle covering the hook, also make these lures extremely effective when used for rainbow trout.
  4. Rapala Ultra Light Minnow- Hand-tuned and tank tested for true running perfection and strike-provoking action, this ultralight minnow naturally wobbles and rolls with a unique lip design. Weighted body increases casting distance and slows sinking for more control whether you're fishing for rainbow trout in a river or in a lake.
    1. The bottom line is that if you are interested in catching more rainbow trout this fishing season and you prefer to use ultralight spin fishing gear as I do, a few of the aforementioned lures need to be a part of your fishing vest. They are, without a doubt, among the best lures that you will find for rainbow trout.

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