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Trout Tactics

My friends at Seven Fish recently posted a video on casting spinners for some of our put & take trout.  There are some excellent fishing tips in the video, take a few minutes and watch it!

That reminded me a similar video from a few years back, and besides the spinners you can catch those trout on small crankbaits and spoons too!

If I am fishing one of our put & take trout fisheries, I often start by casting and retrieve an artificial lure.  I prefer small crankbaits like the Countdown Rapala, Husky Jerk or X-Rap, but a variety of spoons and spinners work too.  I like to start with that presentation because I can cover water and find fish.

Whenever I am fishing those artificial baits I am watching for fish as much as I am trying to catch them.  Often you will see trout flash at the baits, or see them follow the baits (always wear those polarized sunglasses!).  If I am not actually catching fish on those artificial baits, at least I am discovering where there are trout.  Then, if I need to, I can slow down with other presentations to get them to bite.  You cannot catch ’em where they ain’t, you gotta find fish first!


About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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