When it comes to trout fishing bait, what's an anglers best option? Is it live bait such as: worms, maggots, minnows, or crayfish? Or are synthetic baits such as: Power bait, Power Nuggets, and marshmallows a better bet? What about old stand bys like cheese and corn for trout fishing bait? There are even very effective lures that can be used as trout fishing bait , so which is the best approach?
Not to sound like a politician, but they all have their good points, which I will discuss in this article. There are some simple things that can be done no matter which type of bait you use, such as employing a set of gang hooks that will make all of your bait fishing that much more successful, and much more successful when using live worms as trout fishing bait.
Live Bait - We might as well begin with my personal favorite trout fishing bait, live bait. Not just live bait, but live worms. My personal favorite trout fishing bait is without question, live worms. Other live baits such as: minnows and meal worms can be wonderful trout fishing baits as well, and live crayfish are very difficult to beat if you're into catching trophy trout. As a matter of fact, if you're looking for or have a trophy trout located, a live crayfish rigged on a set of size 8 gang hooks is a hard bait to beat. The bottom line is that I've personally always had a ton of success using live bait (and especially live worms) as my favorite trout fishing bait.
Synthetic Baits - These are the trout fishing baits that come in small plastic jars and come in more colors than you can even imagine. These baits actually work. I used to joke that they must feed hatchery trout this stuff from the time they're born because they seem to be addicted to the stuff. If you're still fishing in a lake that's been stocked with trout, these synthetic baits are hard to beat. As a matter of fact in lake situations while still fishing, synthetic baits will out fish live bait, in many instances. Keep in mind that these baits aren't as effective for native trout, but as far as stocked trout are concerned, synthetic trout fishing baits are hard to beat. It would be impossible to say which color is most effective, since there are so many varieties, experimentation is the key.
Old Stand Bys - These trout fishing baits would include corn and cheese. Both of them can be effective, but again mostly on stocked trout. For example cheese, rigged on gang hooks, with a marshmallow or two for floatation, can be very effective when still fishing in a lake as well. For me personally there's just something wrong with catching a trout on cheese, but hey, maybe that's just me. The bottom line it that these old stand bys have their place in the trout fishing bait discussion
Some trout anglers may get upset that I didn't include insects in this discussion. Of course, insects are a major part of a trout's diet, but hey, most insects are too small to be used as "bait". Thus, we have that group of trout anglers known as "flea flickers". I tend to leave the flicking of the fleas to those anglers who choose to do so. For me, these more traditional trout fishing baits are my passion, especially the live worm.
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