As we move into winter, for many anglers the thought of fishing for trout is a distant memory that won’t reappear until the warmth of the spring snaps them back into action for another season of trout fishing. While this isn’t the case for me personally (as I will fish for trout during any season) I can certainly understand how and why a majority of trout fishermen feel this way. Even still, fishing tips that will help us catch more trout never “go out of style”, as it were and below I will outline a few tips that can be used the next time you head out fishing for trout.
The first of these fishing tips has to do with the moon and particularly the rising and setting of the moon. Whether or not you are aware of it, the moon rises and sets just like the sun (which makes sense when you think about it) but what’s interesting about this phenomenon is that it often happen at unusual times of the day. For example, the moon can and does rise during the middle of the day on certain days, believe it or not.
So, how do you find out when the moon will be rising and setting on a particular day? Simple, all you have to do is do a quick internet search for the term ‘moon rise’ and you will get all of the necessary information. Fish tend to be much more active and thus willing to feed in the hour or so period of time that brackets either one of these celestial events. So, simply by being on the water when the moon is either rising or setting means that you will more than likely catch more trout than you otherwise would, no matter what trout fishing technique or bait you choose to employ.
The next tip is for trout fishing in muddy or stained water, such as you find during the spring or when water flows are running higher than normal for some reason. As trout fishermen when we are confronted with high and or muddy water situations, it’s often extremely difficult to entice trout into biting, as you may or may not be aware. The best remedy that I have found for this is to use a bait that is often used when fishing for largemouth bass. Try casting a Rat-L-Trap or similar rattling bait.
Whenever you are dealing with muddy or stained water the trout can’t see or smell as well as they would prefer and the loud rattling that these crank baits produce under water give the trout something to cue on and they often attack whatever it is that’s making the noise. Two and a quarter to two and a half inch Rattling baits tend to be the most effective sizes for trout, although I have seen larger rattling baits perform well in muddy water situations also. The bottom line is that if you want to catch more trout the aforementioned tips will help you do just that. Add them to your trout fishing arsenal sooner, rather than later and start experiencing more trout fishing success.