Rainbow Trout are great to catch, and one of the tastiest fish species to target. You can target them in high mountain streams and lakes, or lower elevation lakes, and larger rivers. In lakes and larger rivers, you can troll for them, throw out lures, bait fish, or try your luck with the peace and tranquility of fly fishing.
Rainbow Trout Fishing Guides
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Trolling for Rainbow Trout
Dodger / Flasher - Yes, bright, flashy, silver Depth - 15 ft - 25 ft Location - 15 ft to 100 ft off the shoreline Lure - Needlefish, Spoons, Kastmaster, Apex Hook Tipped With - Worm or MinnowScent - Trophy Trout Scent or None Trolling for Rainbow Trout can be quite fun. They love just about everything you can throw at them, but my favorite go to setup is a small silver dodger, or small blades, in varying patterns with a matched up lure with some shine. Kastmaster’s, needlefish, wedding ring’s tipped with a minnow or a worm, spoons, small apex, small stickbaits that are silver or rainbow trout pattern, small flatfish. Sometimes I’ll use scent added to the lure, and sometimes not. It’s important to try something, and if it works that day, to stick with it. If it doesn’t work, or stops working, try different lures, different dodgers, different blades. Check the motion of your setup throughout the day right next to the boat to make sure it’s moving right. A snag, or a big fish, can really change the way a lure moves, which will affect whether you get bit or not. As for depths, I like to fish on top, or in the top 15 feet of water in the morning, and slowly drop down to 25 feet as the day warms up. Try to stay about 15 ft to 100 ft off the shoreline. Keep your eyes on the fish finder to find the depths that they are swimming at and adjust accordingly. Troll in a long S pattern, which changes the depth and speed of the lure as you troll and helps you find the zone that they are hanging in. Never troll straight just waiting, it won’t work well. You may catch a fish here and there, but by trolling in a long S pattern, it changes things up and attracts more strike’s!The top lure for Rainbow Trout Fishing in our experience are the Trout Mini Jigs. Check them out!
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