If you are anything like me, there is no place on earth that you would rather fish for trout than in the flowing waters of a river. Preferably the kind of river that can be waded and fished effectively. As a matter of fact, this is trout fishing as far as I am concerned, and if I had my way, these beautiful fish wouldn’t be able to be caught anywhere but in the flowing waters of a river. But, be that as it may, I have been fishing for trout in rivers for more than twenty years and have learned on thing above all others; the type of bait that you use if of the utmost importance.
Therefore, in this article I will outline a few of the most effective types of bait for trout when fishing for trout in rivers, so that you can make sure that you have one (or all) of these baits available the next time that you head out to your local river in search of trout. The baits are being listed in no particular order and are all effective baits for trout when fishing in rivers.
- Live Worms – Live worms have long been known as an effective bait for trout fishing, but nowhere is this more true than when fishing in the flowing water of a river. Trout are no different than any other species of freshwater fish and will gladly gobble up a live worm that is drifting with the current.
- Synthetic Worms – This bait is often overlooked by trout fishermen and this is a big mistake, because synthetic worms are so effective as bait for trout. The most popular and effective synthetic worms for trout are Powerbait trout worms and Gulp Alive “pinched crawler” as well as the Gulp floating trout worm. When rigged naturally on a set of gang hooks and “drift fished” through the current of a river that contains trout, synthetic worms can be difficult trout bait to beat.
- In Line Spinners – In line spinners have long been known as an effective bait for trout, but these baits are often forgotten in river fishing scenarios. They certainly shouldn’t be forgotten, because they are a great bait for trout in river fishing scenarios (especially when drifted slowly).
- Dressed Spinners – Dressed spinners are an inline spinner that has a hackle covering the treble hook. Dressed spinners work particularly well in rivers due to the action of the hackle in the current. This action mimics a “fly” to a large degree, and if your color pattern that you are using matches a hatch that might be taking place on the river that you are fishing, it’s game on!
- Micro Jigs – Micro jigs that are from 1/32 to 1/64 of an ounce are very effective baits when fished under a lightweight float in a river. Many trout fishermen never think of using a “jig” as bait for trout, but this is a big mistake. Hungry trout will readily gobble up these little meals when they are presented to them. A popular and effective type of micro jig is called the “trout magnet.”
The next time that you head out to your favorite river to fish for trout, make sure that you have one or two of the aforementioned baits in your fishing vest. I promise you , you’ll be glad you did because they are some of the best baits that there are for trout in the flowing water that rivers provide.