As time goes on and technology advances, we find ourselves getting more and more glued to electronics. That fortunately this past year was not the case. With travel restrictions and the fear of the pandemic looming over, people all around the globe found themselves staying closer to home and reverting to more traditional forms of entertainment. Among those activities fishing has been at the forefront. Fishing has always been a fantastic way to get out and enjoy the outdoors for some good healthy fun. Which brings us to our topic of discussion for our new Pro-Cure blog. Trout Fishing 101. Trout fishing has been one of the greatest ways to get the kids introduces to the outdoors. Many state fish and wildlife web sites offer stocking schedules, resources for accessible lakes, rivers, and streams, rules and regulations and Types of species those fisheries offer. Listed below are some steps to take as well as helpful tips and hints on rigging and baits to make your experience more enjoyable.
As in most everything it is always a great idea to do your homework.
- Choose which lake or river you intend to fish. It is always a great idea to check dates of when fish are being stocked under local fish and wildlife web pages.
- Be sure and read rules and regulations for that body of water.
- Load up the kids and family and go to your local fishing tackle shop and get the gear needed to make the trip a success. It is always a great idea to include the family in the whole process. It helps build the excitement.
- To maximize time on the water it is always a great idea to get the family together before you head to your local lake or river and go through step by step and rig all the rods up with everything needed minus the bait and scent. Not only is this great time together but it also great to get a basic idea on rigging before your trip. (Shown below are some diagrams on proper rigging methods for trout.)
- Where to find the fish:
In many lakes you will find that trout hold in certain areas of the lake for a reason.
- It could be cover such as overhanging bushes, rocks, weeds or other objects. These obstructions keep them safe from predators, also providing great cover for fish when ambushing feed.
- Certain types of bottoms you will find offer a lot more opportunities for feed. A Trout’s primary source of food is Insects. Insects are usually more prominent in certain areas of the lake. Where there is food there will be trout. Look for areas of insects hatching or fish rising.
- If you are fishing stocked trout, it is always a great idea to fish near the point where the trout were planted. That is why in many cases trout fishing can be good near the boat launch.
- In streams try and fish behind boulders or on current seams or look for medium speed water with a little chop on the surface. Trout are generally a lazy fish; they will hold in areas where they will exert the least amount of energy. Choppier water areas also give trout a sense of security.
- Tips and Hints
Trout at times can be super picky about the offerings. You will see trout rolling all around you and they will not bite anything. That is when it is good to switch things up.
- Bring an assortment of Baits and Scents. Start out with Power Bait. Rainbow, Rainbow with Glitter, Chartreuse and Orange are always great choices. If that is not working add Pro-Cure Super Gel. Trophy Trout, Garlic Plus or Anise Plus. If power bait with or without scent is not working, try a Bad Azz Single Salmon Egg or Nightcrawler. Again, if they do not work alone add some scent. Eventually you will hit the combination that works. Another great option especially for streams, a reaction type of offering such as a Rooster Tail spinner, Kastmaster or Mack’s Cripplure can be a super effective method. Again, enhanced with your favorite scent. It makes a world of difference.
I hope some of these tips and hints as well as the diagrams will be help to you. Great luck on your next adventure.
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