I am a huge fan of these. They are dynamite on trout and they cannot resist attacking them. I like to whacky rig them and run them about 8 inches up from a weight or bobber. They are very realistic and with the added scent the trout love them.
They work well for me in natural swims as well as stocked lakes and will often catch a few trout on the same worm 🙂
75mm or about 3 inches is perfect for most trout and in most conditions so stick to that. If you find you are not getting the fish to bite try dropping down to a smaller trout hook size and a shorter or chopped up worm.
Fishing with Powerbait
A lot depends on the size of the fish you are targeting.
I like to use a whacky rig setup for larger trout but will chop up a worm and use it on smaller hooks if chasing small brook trout.
The worms are fairly sturdy and you can often reuse them for multiple fish.
Keep the bag sealed and they are good for quite a long time.
PowerBait Trout Bait
We discussed using PowerBait worms when trout fishing so now let’s look at something really special.
PowerBait has been on the shelves in good tackle shops for quite a while and is hugely popular with trout fishermen.
When it comes to rigging up there is nothing to it.
Just mold a bit of dough around the hook and fire it into the water.
The glittery flash from the bait, coupled with the strong scent pulls in the trout from miles away.
You can get this bait in a wide variety of colors but I always go for something bright with a hint of glitter through it.
When I first saw this bait I said ‘no way will this work’
How wrong I was.
The trout went mad and I filled my bag in record time.
Every tackle bag or box should have a tub of PowerBait inside – trust me you won’t regret it.
I like to mold these baits around my hooks leaving the tips just barely visible.
It holds firmly together and is easy to use.
The strong scent this stuff gives off really draws in the trout from surrounding areas.
Make sure to use a long enough leader if you want it to float on the surface.
Salmon Eggs Trout Bait
Another fantastic natural trout bait is Salmon Eggs.
Found in abundance during spawning season in rivers all over the world this natural bait is a favorite of hungry trout.
The only challenge is getting your hands on it – fresh from the river anyway…
Worry not though, because you can buy it in small tubs straight from your local tackle store.
The last thing I want to cover off is the tackle and rig setup for trout fishing.
I like to keep things very simple and light when it comes to trout.
Wild trout are very nervous and spook easily so the more natural your bait is presented, the better the chance you have of catching fish.
For my rod, I use a fast action minimum 7foot rod like this Okuma Celilo. I don’t spend big money on trout rods because I like to wander off into the thick scrub around river banks hunting for trout that have never been caught before.
This is great but you tend to go through rods as the ends get caught up in everything and inevitably snap off. This rod is fantastic value for small money and well worth it.
Sticking to lightweight setups for trout I use something like this reel – the Shimano Sienna. A sturdy offering from Shimano that is lightweight but can handle larger fish if you are lucky enough to hook one up 🙂
For trout fishing, I like to use fluorocarbon line as my leader. To keep cost down I don’t fish this all the way through the reel but rather back it off onto cheaper mono or even braided line. My line of choice here is Berkley Vanish all day long.
Hook selection depends a lot on fishing conditions and the size of the trout you are targeting. I wrote a full review on trout hooks here so check it out and make sure you have a good selection in your bag on the day.
Trout fishing is a fantastic sport and with the right bait and set up you will enjoy endless hours of fun.
I like to fish with many different methods to catch trout and work on the principle of the easier it is to rig up the more natural the presentation and the more time you have to fish.