Do you want to learn how to catch trout? Maybe you’ve been reluctant to try trout fishing because you remember reading a book or magazine article that made it sound like the only people who could outsmart these popular sport fish were either brain surgeons or rocket scientists. Or, perhaps you’ve been hesitant to start trout fishing because you don’t think this is the best time of year to catch them. What are the best seasons for trout fishing?
Well, you can forget the complicated book or article and stop over-analyzing your timing. Read through these simple tips on how to catch trout through the changing seasons, and you’ll be well on your way to catching your first rainbow, brown or brook trout.
Early season trout fishing often means higher water levels and cold water, so it makes sense to find a few shallow streams that will warm up faster than a large river. One or two days of warmer early spring weather and sun will raise water temperatures and encourage trout feeding activity. Note that the optimum temperature feeding range for trout is between 50 and 68 °F, so water temperatures higher or lower than this range will call for slower fishing techniques and more precise presentations.
If you prefer to fish with spin-casting gear during the spring, try weighted spinners with flat blades that will give off plenty of vibration when retrieved at a slow pace. The vibrations from the spinner will help trout find your lure in cloudy or murky water. If your goal is to catch a spring trout on fly, you may want to try casting a nymph or streamer pattern out toward areas of slow current.
To find out when trout season opens near you, and to learn which fishing methods are permitted, check the state fishing regulations. The local fishing regulations on trout streams and rivers can change frequently in order to protect the health of the fishery.
Summer trout trips should take place either early or late in the day, with an emphasis on fishing higher elevation mountain streams. If you head upstream to higher altitudes, you’ll find cooler waters that are more productive. Deeper pockets of water are likely to hold fish since these areas will be cooler and more comfortable for trout during the summer. Try casting a crawfish-imitating lure on spin-casting gear or a weighted insect-imitating fly.