Here on our rainbow trout guide you will find all kinds of information on how to catch, locate and track these fish. These fish are usually the first species that open in spring and can run all the way till the first snowfall. They are a blast to catch if you are able to locate them correctly. Usually found in fast moving water these fish travel upstream to spawn. With that being said the best place to find these fish are in rapids or at the bottom of waterfalls. One of the most basic fishing set-ups is a 2 foot liter, spawn bag treble and a bobber. Also commonly known as Steelhead Trout, these fish are admired by many, making it one of the most prized freshwater fish to catch in the early spring and late fall. Before we tell you more tips about the rainbow trout we will first go over the fish’s biology and their patterns.
Background Information and Facts
These fish are also known as Oncorhynchus mykiss, there Binomial name. Native to cold water these fish can be found in North America and Asia. The term steelhead is commonly connected to the sea run form of the rainbow trout family. These types of fish live in the ocean and make there way to fresh water to spawn after living a few years. In most cases these types of fish are distinguished by there red tinted strip that runs from there gills to talk, most visible by males in the spawning season.
Fun Fact: Steelhead Trout is the state fish of Washington.
Rainbow Trout Fishing Tips & How To Catch Rainbow Trout
Ok, ok we know why you are here and this section will dive in on how to catch these things. When it comes to season these fish run hard in the months of March-April and October through November, if you live in North America of course. Usually located in fast moving water these fish can be tough to catch depending on if you have hip waiters or not. We do recommend a set of hip waiters to get the most out of your Rainbow Trout fishing experience. Rapids fishing can also be beneficial depending on how strong the water is moving. A popular destination in North America is the rapids of the St. Marys river located on the Canadian American boarder in Sault Ste. Marie Ontario. Canada. The trout like the cold fast moving water because of it high levels of oxygen. Spawning sites for freshwater rainbow trout include fine gravel, mainly for its protective properties.
Small to medium sized hooks will fair well when trying to catch these kinds of fish. Ranging is sizes mostly 5-6 pounds these fish have been know to become monsters, upwards towards 15-20 pounds. We have personally encountered a rainbow trout on a fly set up and it is probably the hardest fighting species of trout we ever had on the line.
Use Fluorocarbon line wherever possible, These fish can sometimes get spooked very easily and can ruin a good day of fishing if you scare them off.
Rainbow Trout Baits and Lures
Great go to lures for catching rainbow trout include the popular mepps/blue fox lure (#1 in this case), Rooster Tail, and our readers choice lure the Vibrax. If you are looking to go a little more old school the tried and true set up we recommend is 2 feet fluorocarbon liter with a treble spawn bag lure, Add a bobber and toss it in the water. These fish can be very sensitive at times and may take a while to land. A great place to toss the liter set up is at the bottom of waterfalls, usually places where the water tends to swirl.
Live baits we recommend can be as simple as a hook and worm, meal worm or the most common spawn bag setup consisting of 3 eggs per sack.
The other most common way to fish for Rainbow trout is to fly fish them. Regarded a popular game fish anglers life to throw the fly at them. In Most cases we like using a red or green fly, medium sized, These two colors seem to have been doing the trick for us lately.
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