In the last issue of Wildlife News, we offered tips to catch more trout using scented dough baits (such as Power Bait), and for all trout fishing, a reminder to use a light to medium-light action rod combo with lighter line from 2-6 pounds.
In Part 2, we’ll talk about how to use worms to catch more trout. The earthworm continues to be one of the best all-around fishing baits.
Trout love ‘em fished near the bottom or suspended below a bobber. If your favorite bait store offers dillys, buy them instead of nightcrawlers—they are a perfect size for trout.
Inspect the worms in the store to make sure they are fresh and lively. Keep your worms in a cooler and out of the sun and they will last up to a week.
A size 8 baitholder hook is perfect for hooking the worm through the “collar” and covering the shaft of the hook with the barb end sticking out. Use minimal weight positioned 12-18 inches above the hook. Either a size 4 or 7 split shot or a 1/8 – 1/4 ounce egg sinker above a swivel works best. Fish this rig on the lake bottom, or suspended below a bobber.
When bottom fishing it is important to let your bait settle to the bottom, then slowly reel in the slack line. Try not to drag the bait along the bottom or you are likely to get snagged.
If you don’t get bit after 10-20 minutes, pick up your rod and reel in quickly to keep your rig from snagging. Replace your worm if it is not lively or is torn up.
A nifty trick to make your worm even more appealing is to use a worm blower. Blowers are simply small plastic bottles with a needle tip used to inject air into the tail half of the worm.
The “pumped up” worm will float up off the bottom, keeping your bait out of rocks and weeds and up in the active feeding zone of trout.
The best bobbers for trout fishing are the smaller ¾-1¼ inch round bobbers, small 4-5 inch pencil bobbers, or slip bobbers. Round bobbers work best on windy days, but it is hard to beat a pencil bobber. They are thin, stick out of the water making them more visible, and offer less resistance to biting trout.
Bobbers allow you to fish your worm 2-5 feet deep. To fish deeper, learn how to rig and use a slip bobber with a bobber stop. These can be very effective and popular.
They take a bit of practice to set up right, but they allow you to easily cast out while letting your bait slip through the bobber to depths from 2-20 feet. Once rigged up, kids can use them easily too.
The more you fish, the more you realize fishing is a continuous learning process. Yet, the beauty of fishing is that you can make it as simple or sophisticated as you desire. Good luck!