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12-10-2019 10:11 PM
Copymutt We have fat grubs in our compost pile. Have not seen any fish resist them. Almost as good as a perch eyeball.
12-10-2019 09:03 PM
556308dawg When I lived in Colorado years ago, cutthroat trout gobbled up small pieces of pork liver like their stomachs were rented.
12-10-2019 05:50 PM
NW GUY I SPENT years of my youth stalking Ontario beaver dams on the hunt for trout.

Nutt'n beat a good old gob of worm and bumping it on the bottom.
09-17-2019 02:47 PM
America's Patriot worms and grubs
09-17-2019 12:55 PM
Originally Posted by Goodwrench708 View Post
If it is legal in your area......whole Kernel Corn

I have great luck with it..... and itís cheap. And if you get your
Most trout streams and lakes it's illegal to use. Smaller fish eat it but can't pass it which ends up killing them.

I agree though, where legal it's a good bait for trout.

Believe it or not my go to bait for huge trout is dead minnows. I do t know what it is but all the large trout I've ever taken hit a dead shiner or hunt.

I read about that tip in an ancient copy of field and stream. Tried it and it's a doozie.
07-18-2019 08:37 PM
ImStillHere A lot of lakes and rivers here are regularly stocked.

Dent corn dried then soaked in garlic oil. Not used it in years though, to passive I like to move and troll. I would use it on a trot line.
07-18-2019 06:46 PM
iyaayas Helgramites. Hands down.
07-18-2019 11:21 AM
saln Butt of a worm, #6 baitholder hook, 4# test, max, crystal clear mono, 3/8" - 7/16" bobber, spray painted sky blue, far enough up to put the bait down in the zone, under the rock, etc.
07-15-2019 10:00 PM
wellbuilt I use 5 /6Ē herring on a # 2 hook 1/4 to1/2 oz egg sinker 27 30í down in the reservoir
My fish donít eat cheese
07-13-2019 07:30 AM
wldwsel 4 lb test line, very small crimp sinker, very small bobber, very small treble hook, if legal, just enough velveta cheese to cover the hook and stay on. put the bobber 4-6 feet above the bait. in clear water, you can see them slap the bait with their tail on the first pass. They are trying to knock it off the hook. This will also cause the bobber to dip and if you react, the bait usually falls off. Wait until the bobber starts moving away then set the hook.

This is for stocked trout below dams, small lakes, etc. Wild trout are way smarter than stocked ones.


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07-12-2019 05:41 PM
ridgerunner1965 ive used a lot of baits for trout. night crawlers and red wigglers are some of the best. small crawdads and small minnows are just as good if that's what they are used to eating. they must be lively tho.

presentation was always the key for me.small hook and light line.2lb test works best but 4lb offers a lot more leeway in getting a bigger trout to shore.

a 2lb wild trout will fight like a wildcat in cold water.

another good bait is a brown sculpin. they are hard to catch but will stay alive on a hook quite awhile.

I have never used a hellgamite for trout but ill bet they would work well.
07-11-2019 04:28 PM
animalspooker I almost always use Powerbait, but the old timers who are always outfishing me are always using corn!
07-11-2019 03:44 PM
NY Yankee Pull up some big clumps of grass or corn stalks by the roots. shake out the soil and collect the small red worms in there.(young nightcrawlers). use a #8 or #10 hook and hook them once through the thickest part. put a small split shot 18" up and dip it into a pool or eddy in the creek. Trout will hammer those things. The second best is a grasshopper floated on the surface with no weights. I have seen trout explode out of the water to engulf a hopper. That is why there are worm and hopper imitation flies for fly fishermen.
07-11-2019 01:04 AM
workquik I use raw chicken skin cut worm like as my go-to bait. In the water it wiggles like a worm and is so tough that the nibblers can't tug it loose. Trout, bass and especially your pond fish including catfish can't resist it. Sometimes if I take the trouble I marinate the strips in water down bait.
07-10-2019 11:47 PM
Kalifornia Guy I use Salmon eggs, Power Bait and my old stand by of jet puff mini marshmallows.
07-10-2019 10:52 PM
347PS Crawlers !!!!!!!!!! All of him two if their small.
07-10-2019 07:34 PM
RedTail Grasshoppers. Put the hook in just behind the head, then feed it down through the body and back out. Use a split shot about 18" up the line depending on the water you're fishing. If they're still alive when you cast them out even better, but not required. My grandfather used to freeze mason jars full of em. I haven't fished with bait for over 30 years, but it worked great when I was kid.
07-10-2019 07:31 PM
AZ_HighCountry Worms or salmon eggs always worked fine for me.
07-10-2019 06:30 PM
Goodwrench708 If it is legal in your area......whole Kernel Corn

I have great luck with it..... and it’s cheap. And if you get your
07-10-2019 06:27 PM
charliemeyer007 Regular mash-mellows weighted to about 2' from the surface. Salmon eggs. Local bugs.
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