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Best Fishing Lures for Trout

best lures for trout


Trout are one of the most popular game fish in the world, as they are not only delicious to eat, but are cunning and can be tricky to catch. There are many species of trout, but by far the most popular ones are rainbow, brown and brook trout. Trout are found naturally throughout North America, northern Asia and throughout Europe. Most trout live in freshwater streams, rivers and lakes for their entire lives, whereas some spend two or three years at sea before heading back up the rivers and streams to breed in freshwater. These are called steelhead trout. Trout generally feed on other smaller fish and various aquatic invertebrates, such as flies, mayflies, caddisflies and various insects that fall into the water. Trout can be caught by using artificial bait. With them being a predatory species, you can opt to try to catch them with lures such as spinners, spoons and plugs, which represent small fish like minnows. The other way to target trout is by fly fishing for them with either a dry or wet fly.


The best trout fishing lures are the ones that have been proven fish catchers over and over again. Donʼt use lures that are too large for trout, something between 1.5”-4” work well. The Floating Minnow is one of those lures that consistently catch fish and has stood the test of time. Great range of spinnerbaits are proven trout catchers as is the range of Wordens Rooster Tails. Small wedges such as the Dexter range have taken large numbers of fish, as have small crankbaits such as the Salmo Tiny range, in both floating and sinking varieties.


The best ice fishing lures for trout are the types that you need to jig with. Since lake trout are generally going to be close to the bottom, ensure that you're jigging as close to the bottom as possible.

The best lures to use are gliding baits, jigging spoons and soft plastic lures mounted on a jig head. The one thing youʼll notice when you look at a gliding bait is that the diving vein is on the rear of the lure. This is because you need the action to work as the lure is falling through the water column after youʼve jigged it up. Remember to let these baits sink on a slack line once youʼve jigged them up.

The Jigging Shad Rap and the Snap Rap by Rapala are good choices, as are the Northland Puppet Minnow and the Straight Up Jigs by Lunkerhut. Jigging Spoons donʼt have any flash or wobble, but are designed with a darting action instead. Jig this type of lure up with small sharp jigs and let it sink on a slack line. Good makes are the Rapala Jigging Rap and the Jigging Spoons Reins Palpuntin.

Soft plastic lures mounted on a jig head are a very popular method of catching trout through the ice. The VMC Nymph jig heads are very popular as are the Lundy Tungsten Fat Boy Jigs. As far as bodies go, opt for a minnow-shaped design such as the Berkley Gulp Alive Minnow or the Lunker City Shaker.


When it comes to choosing the best lake fishing lures for trout, you have more options available to you than you do when you ice fish, as you donʼt just need to jig. The best types of lures for lake fishing are crankbaits, spinners and soft plastics that represent insect life.

As far as crankbaits go, look at lures like the Rapala Jointed Shad Rap and the Strike King Bitsy Minnow. The Rapala Jointed Shad Rap is a suspending lure with a quick diving lip design. It has a lightweight and durable body and comes rigged with two treble hooks.

The Strike King Bitsy Minnow features a unique action, has detailed finishing and reflective eyes that make this lure absolutely irresistible to fish. These lures will dive to around 5 feet. When it comes to using spinners for trout, two stand out. These are the Blue Fox Vibrax Shad and the Mepps Aglia Spinner.

The Blue Fox Vibrax Shad has a stainless steel shaft, a two-part body and a built-in rattling bell. They are also fitted with sharp VMC hooks. The Mepps Aglia Spinner is available in copper, gold or silver and comes in five size options. These French spinners have probably accounted for more fish than any other spinner on the market today.


When choosing the best fly fishing lures for trout, itʼs important to consider what the trout are feeding on. Dry flies are such as Elk Hair Caddis and the Adams Classic Parachute are popular, as are sinking flies that represent invertebrate. The Elk Hair Caddis should be fished dead drifted over rising trout. The wing shape is the key to this fly being as successful as it is because it mimics the scurrying adult caddis to perfection, something which the trout look out for.

The Adams Classic Parachute is the ideal fly to use when trout are feeding on emerging insects on the surface. The bright white parachute wing make this fly easy to see, even in low light conditions. As far as invertebrate go, the bulk of these are made up of midges. These have three stages of life which are important to the fly fisherman. These are larvae, pupae and adult.

A bloodworm patterned fly will represent the larvae stage of the midge well as will something like a San Juan worm. Once the larvae become pupae, youʼll need to use a fly called a buzzer. One of the most successful patterns in recent years is the Epoxy Buzzer. Other proven patterns are the Beadhead Buzzers and Shipman Buzzers. The final stage of the midge is the adult. This is when your nymph patterns come into force. The Pheasant Tail Nymph is a very popular pattern as is the Adams and GRHE.