Trout Fishing Tips and How-To Techniques to Catch More Fish

William Adams
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Trout fishing tips will help you rack up your catch count!

Trout Fishing Tips and How-To Techniques to Catch More FishTrout fishing is super fun and approachable, and with our tips, it becomes even more accessible.

Trout fishing is fun and relaxing, and to add to your success, fish in the morning or evening, adapt to the weather and the season, vary your bait, use throwing weights with rattles, and wear polarized sunglasses for better vision. Also, check your reel size and use a sensitive rod.

Trout fishing is done chiefly on trout ponds where the trout are stocked, but you can also fish for trout in the wild.

Read on to make your next fishing trip the envy of all your friends.

Trout fishing tips: Introduction

Because trout fishing is fun and relaxing, you want to get the most out of it and thus not miss out on trout.

Here are some handy practice tips that will ensure you catch more trout!

Tips for trout fishing

Some of the tips may be long-established or obvious to you, but you probably don’t know all of them yet. Here they come!

Keep an eye on your neighbors

Is your neighbor pulling trout after trout out of the water, but you’re not catching any yourself?

Then cheat a little and pay close attention to what bait and fishing techniques are used around you.

If these do result in a catch, switch to that technique yourself.

Fish in the morning or evening

Like all fish, trout are particularly active in the morning and evening.

Therefore, avoid the time between 12:00 and 16:00 because the catching chances are less.

The warmer the weather, the more this plays a role.

Adapt your technique to the season and the weather

In winter, it is colder at the water’s surface because it cools the fastest.

The trout will then seek warmth like any other fish at the bottom. So fish in the deeper places in the winter.

Trout are not very keen on the sun and are more likely to come to the surface on an overcast day than on a sunny one.

Tip: To make the most of your day, make sure you’re well dressed when fishing in winter, as explained in our other article Winter Fishing Clothing Tips to Stay Warm on the Waterfront

Vary bait types

When you talk about bait and trout fishing, two kinds of bait stand out.

These are the larvae, such as wax moth larvae, and trout dough and especially on ponds, these are the two most efficient baits you can use.

But when you’re on a heavily fished body of water where all flavors of trout dough and an abundance of wax moth larvae are floating in the water, it’s often better to do something different from the rest.

You can also catch excellent trout with artificial lures! Spinners and crankbaits are often particularly effective.

Many trout ponds do not allow lure fishing precisely because it works so well! So be sure to check the local regulations.

Use a fish killer

With a fish killer, catches become more valuable. Most trout fishermen will take the fish home after catching it or trade it for a smoked trout.

You are not even allowed to put a caught trout back in the water on some ponds.

It is then absolutely advisable to quickly put the fish out of its misery by using a fish killer, also known as a fishing priest.

This prevents the fish from suffering unnecessarily, but it also benefits the taste. This is because the taste of the fish diminishes as it contains less oxygen.

A fish can no longer breathe out of the water, causing oxygen levels to drop.

Giving the trout a short tap on the back of the head with a fish killer will keep the oxygen level from dropping further and preserve the flavor in the best possible way.

This will make your caught trout even tastier!

Use throwing weights with rattles

With a casting weight such as a glass casting weight, you give weight to your bottom line, and you can cast further. This allows you to fish a larger area of water, and therefore you have a better chance of catching trout.

There are throwing weights with small balls, which give a rattling sound.

This sounds to the trout the same as dropping pellets commonly used as feed in trout ponds. So the sound immediately attracts the fish’s attention!

Use a reel with good slip

After the hook is set, you haven’t caught that hooked trout yet; first, you must land it.

A trout can still escape, and line breakage often occurs if the slip is not working perfectly.

Therefore, make sure your equipment is in good shape. For example, use a reel that allows you to finely adjust the slip while providing a steady resistance under pressure.

Wear polarized sunglasses

With regular sunglasses, you won’t see that much under the water’s surface, but with polarized sunglasses, it’s like you can see right through the glimmering surface.

You will spot trout on the surface much easier with polarized sunglasses. Especially in the summer, this is a significant advantage to see where the best place to cast is.

Even when fishing for trout in the wild, they allow you to easily see the underwater obstacles and where you should stay away.

Not only are you more likely to see fish swimming, but if it’s shallow, you can better see the contours of the bottom.

Even on a cloudy day, you can see more in the water with (not too dark) polarized sunglasses than when you look into the water without them.

Use a trout dough shaper

With a dough shaper, you get shapes you can’t make by hand

When fishing with trout dough, you need to knead it into a shape and fold it around your hook handle. This is much harder to do by hand than with a so-called dough shaper or dough former.

This tool ensures that your dough is perfectly wrapped around the hook and is also shaped perfectly.

Some dough shapers make it take on a shape that spins underwater like a spinner, while others mimic a natural bait like a wax moth.

Your bait presentation is then twice as effective; visually and scent!

Take a reel in size 500 to 2000

Too often, anglers are still fishing for trout with a reel in size 4000 or even larger.

Unfortunately, no matter how expensive and high-quality, such reels do not have the finesse to reel in a trout properly.

Therefore, use a reel in size 500, 1000, or maximum 2000 if you really need to.

Do you fish with a braided line? Then it is additionally advisable to first spool up a piece of nylon to prevent the line from sliding across the spool.

When using a fluorocarbon main line, this is not necessary, and you can reel the line in directly.

Use fluorocarbon

You can use three types of fishing line for trout: nylon, braided line, and fluorocarbon.

Most trout anglers fish with nylon because it has several advantages over the other two.

Nylon is, in fact, the cheapest, and the stretch in it ensures that you can take the blows of a fighting trout well.

However, nylon is not the least visible line of the three, but fluorocarbon is.

In the underlines that are being made, you’ll see it recurring. Fluorocarbon has a much lower refractive index, making it barely visible underwater.

Trout, along with perch and zander, have tremendously good eyes, so using as little visible material as possible is essential.

Fluorocarbon has a little less stretch than nylon, so you can feel bites even better. That can make just the difference between catching or missing!

It is also used more and more as the main line because the quality of the line is getting higher and higher. The latest generation of fluorocarbon lines is excellent for this.

If you find that too expensive or still want to continue fishing with nylon, at least use a fluorocarbon leader when fishing for trout.

Make sure your float is properly plumbed

Too often, trout anglers go fishing with a trout float that is not correctly weighted.

This causes the float to give unnecessarily more resistance, which may keep the already shy trout from biting through properly.

Therefore, make sure your float is perfectly aligned and does not stick out more than necessary.

Use a sensitive rod

A subtle approach is often the best to entice a trout to take a bite. The bites are not always there for the taking and certainly not on heavily fished waters.

Therefore, it is crucial to be able to feel every bite well so you can strike immediately.

Once you have a trout on the hook, it is also essential to perform the reeling as well as possible.

Especially on trout ponds, you hardly have to deal with obstacles you need to keep the fish away from, so a smooth rod with lots of damping is the best choice.

Use a three-way barrel swivel against kinks

If you use trout dough and knead it well, your trout dough will start to spin for extra visibility and attractiveness.

But this can cause your line to kink or twist, something you definitely want to avoid.

Therefore, it is recommended to use a three-way barrel swivel made up of three barrel swivels that prevent your line from twisting.

The tastiest recipes for trout

Trout from the oven

Enough for 2 people:

  • 2 trout
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 4 oregano sprigs
  • pepper and salt
  • olive oil

Preheat the oven to 430 degrees Fahrenheit. Clean the trout according to the step-by-step plan above, or ask the fishmonger to give you the trout cleaned.

First, rinse the trout with tap water and dry them with kitchen paper. Then, go over the fish with salt and pepper and also inside the fish.

Next, grab a baking dish where you put some olive oil, place the trout in the bowl and add another splash of olive oil.

Spread the herbs over both trout and, for extra flavor, place a slice of lemon on top and inside.

Then place the dish in the oven for about 35 minutes until the fish is cooked.

Grilling trout on the bbq

Feeds 2 people:

  • 2 trout
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 4 oregano sprigs
  • Pepper and salt
  • olive oil
  • fish clip

Cooking trout on the bbq is similar to cooking it in the oven.

When preparing trout on the barbecue, a fish clamp is indispensable to ensure that the fish does not stick to the grill and cannot fall apart.

After cleaning the trout, rub it all over with olive oil and put some salt and pepper on it. Then you put the sprigs of herbs in the trout and 2 parts of the lemon.

You don’t have to worry that the trout will seize up quickly because it was first well oiled with olive oil.

The trout should be on the grill for about 6 minutes on each side.

Should you want to be sure the trout is cooked, you can measure it with a thermometer at its thickest. At a temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit, the trout is cooked.

It is lovely to squeeze another wedge of lemon when serving the trout.

Trout fishing tips: Conclusion

Now that you know everything you need to know about trout fishing, there is only one thing left to do, and that is to enjoy it.

We hope these tips will help you perform even better when you go trout fishing again. In any case, we wish you well out there!

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About William Adams

I’m an engineer and a happy plus-size individual myself. I love to blog online if I can have a positive impact on the lives of others. I help other plus-size people with in-depth product guides to make shopping for products and services less stressful in their busy lives. Read More