How Trout Fishing Lures and Baits Work

Trout Fishing with Lures

So now that you have an idea of ­where you'll be fishing and what type of fish will most likely be at the end of your line, let's delve in to the world of lures. Remember to keep in mind your location, since lures are meant to imitate the bait fish in that specific area. Lures come in various shapes, sizes and colors in order to deceive the trout into thinking it's captured one of its prey.

Though you might find yourself as mesmerized by the vast array of lures as the trout you're fishing for, picking the right lure is integral to your fishing experience. For example, if the trout in the lake where you are fishing typically eat silver fish, you'll want to consider a silver blade lure. Likewise, if the prey, such as a chub, is more gold in color, you'll want to purchase a gold blade lure. Be sure to check under rocks or submerged logs to see what kind of critters are down there, and then try to select a lure that will blend in well. [Source: Hoffman]

You should be prepared with multiple lures, though. Don't think that just one or two different styles will suffice. During a single fishing trip, you might find yourself trying several lures to find the lucky lure of the moment. The success of lures can depend on water temperature, clarity, plant life and sunlight, which are all factors that may vary throughout any given day.

For trout, some common lures you'll find are called spinners, spoons and jigs. Spinners are a popular choice if you're aiming to catch rainbow trout in the spring, because their movement in the water resembles that of the chub. Spoons are a great place to start for amateurs employing a cast-and-reel technique, while jigs and their complicated patterns are for more experience fishers. [Source: Steelheader]

Ready to get your hands really dirty? Read on to learn how the different types of live bait work.