September 25, 2022

Top 10 Trout Baits for 2017

Trout season is here and it’s time to restock and update your trout arsenal. While we all have our go-to baits, it’s always good to try new baits and tactics when heading into a new season. Here are ten trout baits to try this season:


Acme Kastmaster
The Kastmaster is very simplistic and does not appear to be anything out of the ordinary. These baits have a standard minnow profile and a very contained wobble. Kastmasters are unique because they will not twist your line and do not require the use of a swivel. They can be retrieved or jigged and can be fished at any retrieval speed. This bait is, by far, one of the most diverse trout baits.


Berkley Powerbait 3 in. Floating Trout Worm
These Floating Trout Worms are already a staple for many trout anglers. With a large variety of color options and multiple ways to fish them, they are a great option. They can be jigged or simply drifted under a float and they will produce fish. They also have the classic Powerbait scent that drives trout crazy.


Worden’s Original Rooster Tails
The Rooster Tail Spinner should be one of the first lures every trout fisherman purchases. They can be fished fast or slow and come in several sizes to target all fish. With different blade color options, they resemble either a baitfish or an insect pattern. These are extremely diverse and are highly regarded as a top trout bait.


Berkley Gulp! Alive! Minnows
These Minnows have been a huge success for panfish over recent years, however, they are also great for trout. Typically, the one-inch model works best, but the larger two-and-a-half-inch model has proven itself with more aggressive fish. They can be fished fast or slow and can be tipped with a jig or maggot. The scent on these baits will draw fish in all by itself.


Acme Little Cleo Spoons
Little Cleo Spoons are known more for their dominance of steelhead and salmon fishing, but they work great for small trout as well. They have a contained, yet erratic, action and come in a wide variety of colors.


C.P. Swing Spinners
Sure, they may not look like much, but these lures catch fish. The C.P. Swing is one of the most “old school” baits on the market and has a huge following of anglers. This bait is known for being a top producing, go-to bait for trout year after year.


Rapala Original Floaters
If you have not used the Rapala Original Floater for trout, do yourself a favor and at least give it a try. They come in a variety of smaller sizes and can be retrieved at nearly any speed. With a very lifelike appearance and action, they will fool even the most stubborn trout.


Leland’s Trout Magnet
The Trout Magnet is a proven trout catcher. They work best when tipped with a jig or maggot under a float. When fished using the correct colors and conditions there are not many baits that will outfish a Trout Magnet.


Mepps Aglia Spinners
This is another classic bait that many anglers have named a staple when it comes to trout fishing. The Aglia Spinner will spin at even the slowest speeds and its construction will make it through several trips and even more fish.


Dynamic HD Trout
This is a new lure on the market that is already proving to be an instant classic. With a good minnow profile and colors specifically designed to target trout, the Dynamic HD is a great bait for aggressive trout. From casting to trolling, this bait can produce trout of all sizes.

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John Scherrer

Erie, PA John is a freelance writer and a life-long Erie resident who has fished across North America. Fly fishing, light spinning tackle, and ice fishing are his preferred methods to fish his home waters of Lake Erie.

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