In most area’s of the country if you are going to head out fishing for trout this spring of the year you are going to be fishing for stocked trout and in this article I will outline a few stocked trout fishing tips that will serve you well. As we all know a trout that has been “stocked” (or placed into a body of water for the express purpose of being caught by anglers) aren’t the most wary of creatures, but this doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that can be done to help to make you more successful when you are fishing for them.
Because stocked trout are so prevalent in many areas and are often the best trout fishing option during the spring trout fishing season, I have spent many a morning or early afternoon on the shores of lakes fishing for these often less colorful and much less feisty versions of trout in an attempt to feel the enjoyable pull of a fish on the end of my line. In that time I have learned a few tips and tricks that have enabled me to catch trout on virtually every excursion I take and you will find these tips outlined below.
Fishing Tips For Stocked Trout
Don’t Be Too Patient
Although this might sound like an oxymoron when it comes to fishing, you don’t want to be too patient when it comes to fishing for stocked trout. What I mean by this is that you want to change baits from time to time until you discover what configuration is working best. For example, try one color of Powerbait or flavor of marshmallow for a while and if you get no bites, try a different color or flavor. My general “rule of thumb” is to give a color/flavor a thirty minute trail and change it if I get no bites until I find the one that is most effective on a given day.
Use The Proper Fishing Hooks
Many trout fishermen (especially those who are new to fishing for trout) tend to use fishing hooks that are too large or are the wrong configuration for the trout bait that they are using. For example if you are using salmon eggs a salmon egg hook should be used.
If you are using a Berkley trout worm a set of #8 or #10 gang hooks should be used. What about Powerbait? Either a #12 treble hook or set of gang hooks should be used.
This could easily be one of the best stocked trout fishing tips that you ever receive.
Be Mindful Of Human Scents
Although stocked trout aren’t the “sharpest knives in the drawer” when it comes to the species of fish known as trout they still tend to be instinctively wary of human scents on the bait they are considering eating. For this reason you want to be mindful of any unnatural human scents (such as gasoline) that might be present on your fingers and will transfer to the bait that you intend to use when you touch the bait with said fingers.
A great tips is to rub your hands with a handful of grass or dirt before baiting up. This will effectively eliminate any unnatural human scents that might be present.
The bottom line is that although they might seem sophomoric and over simplistic the aforementioned stocked trout fishing tips will serve you well for many years to come and will help you to catch more stocked trout on your next fishing excursion there’s no doubt about it.