How to Go About Fishing for Trout

There are two parts to the question of where to find trout. One is what streams hold trout and the other part – where to aim in a stream to actually catch a trout. But since trout is a favorite of many, there are not many streams left where you will find them in plenty. Instead what you can do is fish in a stream that has been stocked. Fish are raised in hatcheries by the government and the private organizations and then released into the streams from where the public could catch. On the other hand the ‘wild trout’ that are bred naturally and not stocked from hatcheries have limitations on fishing to preserve the naturally reproducing fish populations.

In order to know if a certain stream is regularly stocked, you have to check with the state agency in charge of the fish stocking. The departments may vary according to the states, do a little research on the internet and you will know. There is also another way to find out if a stream has been stocked or not. Review the fishing regulations of the local streams. Heavily stocked streams will have more lenient fishing regulations with the creel limits, extended seasons or smaller size limits. Naturally fishing in these waters will bring in more results.

On the opening day of the trout season you can drive up to different spots and just observe where the others are fishing. You will always know that a place is a good fishing hole; it would be crowded. So, you have found out a good fishing stream. Now as you are about to fish, you should be focusing on three main things – holes, banks, big stuff in the water. The fish generally hide in the holes along the bank. The holes protect the fish from predators. Try and cast as close to land as possible without hitting the bank. There are low hanging branches and so to be on the safe side, carry a few extra lures with you in case you lose one in a tree.

The water in the holes is deeper and the current is also pretty slow here, thus the fish have to use less energy to stay in place. At this very same place insects and debris tend to gather, making it a great place for the fish to be feeding. While you are fishing for trout here, make sure you start from one end to the other so that the sudden splash of the lure does not startle them and see a member of its school thrashing after being hooked. This will only caution the fish. Work both upstream and downstream of big stuffs like fallen trees, a large rock or an old truck tire, this is where the trout likes to hide.

When you are fishing for trout, try fishing from one place for quite sometime. Running about all the way along the stream casting your line in different spots where you can actually spot a fish will not help much. Instead, find a good spot, cast your line there and wait for the fish to strike. Fishing is not rocket science but a little experience in the field coupled with a little research as a back up. Tight Lines!