Trout Fishing Tips
There are countless books already written on troutology. This is not a trout tutorial. My treatment of trout in this chapter is somewhat cursory, touching only on some of the considerations of chasing them from a tube or toon. There is more info on trout within other chapters. Floatation and fly-fishing are natural go-togethers for trout and most species are generally pretty easy to fool with fur and feathers. Balance the size of your tackle and your flies to imitate the preferred food source in the area…and to fit the size trout you are most likely to encounter…and you will get maximum enjoys. More on this topic in the section on Tackle & Techniques. Trout are predators and readily smack spinners and spoons. Retrieve your lures through their “zone” or vertical jig your offerings in front of their noses when they are suspending or holding on the bottom. Trout also take a lot of different jigs hair, feather or plastic. If you really want larger fish tie on a big “hardbait”. Many of the minnow imitating lures and crankbaits will catch the big ol’ cannibal trout.
Of course you can dunk bait for trout from a tube or toon too. All of the standard baits work. Bait can be simply cast out and soaked…on the bottom or under a bobber…or you can slowly drift or bottom bounce baits or lures from your unanchored craft. Fishing from a tube or toon allows you to fish out where the fish are, without having to use a lot of extra weight or make excessively long casts to get the bait or lure to the fish. When fishing
baits for trout, the less weight the better. Natural presentations are often more effective. There are several species of trout and chars. Some of them have more than one subspecies. We are also seeing more trout hybrids being stocked in different waters around the country. As a general rule, the subspecies and the hybrids tend to act pretty much like either or both of the parents.
Macks are a breed apart from most trout…or chars. They are not generally thought of as being good candidates for tubing and tooning. They are native to northern waters. Most of the lakes in which they hang out, in the “lower 48”, are deep and cold. And, the macks usually dwell in the deeper parts of those lakes. However, there are a few lakes in the upper Midwest and in the higher altitudes of the western states that can offer real floatation fishing for macks, if you have the right tackle and know how to work for them. Macks spend most of their time on or near the bottom. When actively feeding they may come up many feet off the bottom to whack a lure. In the cooler waters of late fall, winter and early spring, macks are shallower than during warmer months, especially during the fall spawn. No matter when or where you fish for macks you have basically three options…trolling,
vertical jigging or bottom bouncing…with or without bait. Trolling is difficult from a float tube but you can troll at just the right speeds from a pontoon fitted with oars or an electric trolling motor. You don’t need to troll fast.
When fishing from a float tube, you are limited in how far you can kick to reach the fish. They can be a long ways from your launch area on big lakes. However, there are some lakes in which you can reach fishable macks only a short ways from shore. It pays to know the lake and to have some GPS points for the areas that tend to hold the fish. Just don’t get foolish and venture too far offshore on big waters. That can be dangerous when and if the weather changes. A colorful tiger trout taken by TubeDude from Huntington Lake in Utah. This small high mountain pond is ideal for float tubing, since boating access is limited and the tigers are often in deeper water, out of
range for most shore casters. The tiger trout is a sterile hybrid formed by crossing a brook trout with a brown trout. They hit hard, fight well and usually have bright pink flesh that is excellent on the table.
When the macks are shallow enough you can fish them very effectively from tubes and toons by vertical jigging with spoons or jigs…hair, feathers or plastic tubes and grubs. Most mack pros tip their lures with whole minnows or a piece of flesh from a chub, sucker, cisco or other baitfish, where legal. Sometimes macks want a lot of action on the lures. Other times you will do better with a slow jigging motion or even “dead-sticking”. Macks are most often either laying right on the bottom or suspending close to it. At such times they may not rise to take a fast moving lure…or even a slow one that is very far above them. That is the time to send down a whole minnow or a big jig head with a slab of sucker meat or some other suitable “sweetener”. Kick slowly over the holding area, occasionally lifting the jig or bait up off the bottom and letting it settle slowly back down. Be alert for fish to intercept it on the fall. No matter what tackle and techniques you use, good sonar is vital to finding and fishing macks effectively. That is true whether you fish from a boat, tube or toon. Smaller fish may travel in groups, but the bigger ones are often singles or doubles and may be widely separated. Mack fishing is often more about hunting than fishing.
When you are planning to go fishing this coming weekend and your ideal catch is a delicious and juicy trout. First thing you should know is the fishing rules of every state for there are some of them regulating outdoor fishing to preserve and protect their local wild life preserves. Choosing the proper gears for this activity is also essential like tackles, baits, and a lot more.
You should also make a survey of your chosen spot if there are any sign of trout’s living. Knowledge of when the peak season is also important to insure good and quality catches. Some folks say that the ideal month for fishing trout’s is May for this is the hatching of mayflies and they get plenty to eat when this month comes. Trout’s are mostly found in the areas where the current is strong and where the bubbly white foam of water is formed, the main reason why trout’s dwell in these parts is because they act like filters. They get their food from small animals to insects that are carried by the strong water flow.
Choosing the right bait is also a critical point when it comes to trout fishing because some baits doesn’t apply to other species of trout’s, the ideal bait for trout’s are live earthworms, salmon roe, and canned corn kernels. They also prefer night crawlers if the three mentioned baits are not available. You should also take into consideration how strong the current is so you can decide which bait you should take. Whenever the current is strong and heavy type of baits is necessary to avoid getting your fishing lines to break and snap. When using worm baits be sure to show a little portion of the hook to make a dangling effect.