Fish Specific Bait Recommendations





Apache Trout – Artificial flies are the best bait for this type of fish but if you prefer natural bait try grasshoppers, worms, salmon eggs and beetles. Use a size fourteen to eighteen hook.

Blue Back Trout – Naturally, this variety actually eats plankton. Catching them with bait is based on smell, such as a Powerbait, or annoying them with a spinner.

Brook Trout – Natural bait is best for this fish including grasshoppers, flies, snails and beetles.

Brown Trout – Aquatic bait is the favored meal of this fish. Look to minnows, insects, crawfish and smaller fish. This is also a popular fly fishing species but it takes some skill to get the fly close enough to lure them.

Bull Trout – Aquatic insects are perfect for young bull trout. Adult bull trout prefer other fish. Be careful of where you go to fish for these, though as it is illegal in some areas.

Cutthroat Trout – Cutthroat trout are considered opportunistic eaters. They will eat insects, small crustaceans and other fish. For live bait, minnows are a great choice. Fly fishermen owe it to themselves to try streamers with this type of trout.

Dolly Varden Trout – As with bull trout, aquatic insects are a great choice for young Dolly Varden trout. The adults prefer small fish but are still opportunistic in their feeding habits.

Gila Trout – Artificial flies and lures are typically the only bait allowed for these fish and catching them, when allowed is typically “catch and release” only.

Golden Trout – These fish prefer aquatic insects such as cadges and flies. They also enjoy small crustaceans.

Lake Trout – These fish feed on small fish and ells and also like smelt and minnows.

Rainbow Trout – Insects work best with rainbow trout but there are also other options. Salmon eggs, worms, artificial lures, corn, marshmallows and cheese can be used. Another option is “Power Bait”, a synthetic bait that is molded on to the hook.

Speckled Trout – Speckled trout begin eating aquatic insects and begin to become more opportunistic as they grow larger, being known to eat anything that their mouth will accommodate. Live bait works well but a good minnow spinner or caddisfly, mayfly or midge fly will work as well if it is found naturally in the environment you are fishing.

Steelhead Trout – Steelhead trout are opportunistic feeders. In warmer waters, they will actively hunt smaller fish as well as crustaceans and other small marine animals. In cooler waters, they tend to wait for insect larvae to float by and grab them up.

Tiger Trout – Artificial lures are effective with this fish as are worms and flies. Flashy lures that attract the fish are also great bait. If ice fishing, try night crawlers and meal worms.



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