Trout are weird little fish, some claim they are the smartest fish out there and that’s why they are so tricky to catch. First there are dozens of different species making it harder for the average angler to come up with a sure fire way to catch trout. Trout can live in all kinds of different water, but they like their environment quiet and undisturbed so coming in there with a big old noisy boat engine won’t help you. Here’s a video to give you some idea how fishing trout from a boat differs from off the shore.
Tips for Catching Trout off a Boat
- Ease up on the bait. For some types of fish bait will lure them out, trout are nibblers they prefer smaller pieces. Part of the reason is they are generally smaller fish and eat less at a time. Trout is also not going to be attracted to smellier baits. You can check here for some of the best bait.
- Patience, patience and then some more patience. Trout are cautious, picky eaters so if anything seems out of place to them they are gone. Trout also have keener vision than most other fish, who generally rely on sense of smell.
- Fish after heavy rain. If you have had a good bit of rain and part of the lake or river is higher than the others, this is where you are going to find trout.
- Warmer weather is better for catching trout. You will have an easier time catching them in late spring or early summer when they are spawning.
- Hush! Trout in particular rainbow trout scare off fairly easily so cut the engine if you can and remember that sound travels better in water so…shhhh.
- Vegetation gives them protection from natural predators, so you will often find trout near areas with a little vegetation.
Realistically you can catch trout in a row boat at your local pond. Most anglers go a little better than that and have a something a little more comfortable with a lot less manual labor involved. Trout fishing is not like deep sea fishing where you need to store tons of gear and are on open water so you don’t need a yacht.
In most cases a small drift boat suitable for lakes and rivers is fine. They are fine for fast water or small lakes and rivers and they have enough storage for all your gear and tackle to be right at your fingertips. If you want a little more luxury you can get rod storage and built in insulated coolers and foot controlled anchors. Drift boats also come equipped with knee locks, so you can stand to cast without worrying if you’re going to go for an unplanned swim.
After you have decided the features that you want on your drift boat then you need to pay attention to the engine. Trout are sensitive to noise and many anglers catch by trolling so if that’s your plan then ask about the quietest engine you can find.
There you have it, the best way to catch trout from a boat.
Trout are probably one of the easiest species of fish to catch in North America. They’re stocked in lakes and rivers everywhere and you can use a big variety of bait and lures to catch them. Even trout can be finicky and you’ll have to try some different set-ups before they start biting. So what is the best set up for trout fishing?
When you’re fishing for trout try and use the lightest line you can get away with, trout actually have half decent vision and will be scared off by line that is too thick. You can use an ultra light rod and reel with 2lb test line it’s more than enough for the average trout.
You can use a variety of different lures including, spoons, plugs, spinners and jigs roughly 1”-3” in size. Trout can be finicky so bring a couple of different lures with you, what worked yesterday may not work today. Don’t be afraid to swap out the lures if one of them isn’t working for you. Look around and if there are other people catching fish try and see what kind of lure they are using.
Spoons and spinners work very well for trout along with other types of game fish. Silver and red or, green and yellow get the best strike from fish. Cast to where the trout are, let it sink, twitch it every once in awhile and then let it sink again. Working it back to you in that manner and then repeat again.
If you’re going to bait your hook for trout you can go with a classic…worms. You can choose a whole red worm or section off a piece of a nightcrawler and put them on a small baitholder hook. You can use it with a bobber or attach a sliding sinker with the worm a foot or two away from it. Move the bait every once in awhile to get some attention.
You can use artificial baits and for trout PowerBait is one of the most popular, it looks a lot like playdough and comes into a little plastic jar like playdough. It comes in tons of different colors and you ask any fisherman and they will have their favourites. All you need to do is mold some onto a small hook and put a small weigh a foot or more behind it, cast and let it float just off the bottom.
Sometimes trout aren’t interested in any bait you have instead they are focused on insects. You can see the trout rising to the surface and they will ignore anything else you dangle in front of them. Fly fisherman thrive in this type of environment. You can work around this if you’re not a fly fisherman, tie a small clear bobber to your line with a very light lead and a fly on the end. Cast out with regular spinning gear and reel back in very slowly.
Creating the best set up for catching trout is fairly simple, trout fishing is pretty flexible when it comes to bait and lures. Mostly it will be trial and error finding out what works for you