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August 27, 2016

Best Way to Catch Trout from a Boat

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Vegetation gives them protection from natural predators, so you will often find trout near areas with a little vegetation.

The Boat

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.

Drift Boat

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.

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