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Trout fishing

Trout are the most popular and abundant species of game fish throughout the state and in all water types, from small streams and ponds to Idaho’s largest lakes and reservoirs. One of the best things about spring trout fishing is that anglers of all ages and experience levels can enjoy it, and Idaho Fish and Game will stock approximately 450,000 catchable trout statewide. in May alone, and hundreds of thousands more throughout the summer and fall.

Whether you want to catch freshly stocked rainbows in a pond or catch a native trout in a secluded mountain stream, there are great opportunities.

Here are 10 tips for new and experienced trout anglers

1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT FISHING SPOT

If you want to find the best places to fish for trout, it often comes down to the type of fishing experience you want, whether it’s a popular local fishing hole or a backyard getaway. -country. Check out Fish and Game’s Fishing Planner, which is a database of all the fishing spots in the state and gives you information on where they are, what fish you might find there, and a stocking history.

2. IDENTIFY GOOD TROUT WATER

Good trout fishing spots are generally characterized by rocks, gravel bars, holes and a change in bottom contour. You should also look for eddies and current seams or shadow lines created by a bank when fishing for trout in the river. Trout can often be seen feeding on insects on the surface, so keep an eye out for those telltale rings. Trout inhabit many different types of habitats, but where you find them once, you’ll likely find them again unless the water temperatures get too warm.

3. KNOW THE FISHING RULES

Most of Idaho offers year-round fishing, but there are exceptions. It is quite easy to find out if there are any special rules at a certain fishing spot. Look into the 2022-24 Idaho fishing seasons and rules. Don’t be intimidated by the booklet – it’s quite easy to understand. It is divided into seven regions of the state and at the beginning of each section is a list of waters subject to special regulations. If the body of water you are fishing or planning to fish is not on the list, you only need to know the general rules for that area.

4. KNOW THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO FISH TROUT

The best time of day to fish for trout is early in the morning. To be more specific, fish from dawn until about two hours after sunrise. The second best time is late afternoon, around three hours before sunset until dusk. When determining the best times to fish for trout, be aware that water temperature and cloud cover will also play a role.

5. GET THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT AND TROUT FISHING GEAR

When shopping for trout fishing equipment or tackle, for family fishing trips, you will want to look for ultralight spinning tackle. The best rod and reel for trout in small streams and rivers is an ultralight 5-6 foot rod and reel combo. If you’re fishing for trout over 20 inches or planning on trolling, go with a medium power rod.

6. CHOOSE THE BEST LINE FOR TROUT

The best fishing line for trout is usually a 4 to 8 pound test monofilament for coarse fishing or spinner fishing. Line weight depends on the species and size of trout you are targeting (go on the heavier side for larger trout). It is generally easier to cast small lures with a lighter line. When trolling with a medium power rod, use a 10-20 pound braided main line with a 6-10 pound monofilament or fluorocarbon leader.

7. CHOOSE THE RIGHT TROUT BAIT

If you are fishing with children, use live or natural bait for more bites. The best bait for trout in the spring is garden worms or night owls. Garden worms are smaller worms that usually measure around two to five inches in length. These are the best and most widely used trout baits, especially in the spring when they end up in rivers, streams, lakes and ponds after a period of rain. Nightcrawlers are available almost anywhere fish bait is sold.

8. KNOW THE BEST TROUT FISHING RIGGINGS

The best trout fishing rigs to use with bait would be either the fixed bobber rig (best for shallow ponds and small streams) or the sliding bobber rig (when the trout are feeds in the middle of the water column in deeper waters), or weighted at the bottom. Anyone can learn the basics of trout fishing in minutes. See Fish and Game’s Learn to Fish webpage for instructions.

9. CHOOSE THE RIGHT TROUT LURE

Small line lures are some of the best lures for trout fishing, especially those that come in gold or colors that match the local baitfish in your area. Line spinners in sizes #00, #0 and #1 are good lures for trout fishing when used on an ultralight spinning combo for brook trout, rainbow trout or brown trout in rivers or streams.

10. DON’T BE AFRAID OF TROUT FLY FISHING

It’s a really fun way to fish for trout and very effective. When fly fishing for trout, a 9 foot fly rod designed for 5 weight line is the most versatile when fishing for trout in lakes, streams and rivers. Fly patterns like the Elkhair, Adams, Griffith’s Gnat or Woolly Bugger caddis are good starting patterns for spring trout.

Spring trout fishing can be great fun for everyone in the family once you have the right gear and knowledge to get started. Go out and enjoy one of the best opportunities on your Memorial Day outings or summer travels. Wherever you are, there’s a good chance there’s a spot to fish for trout nearby.

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