Although right now the weather is cold and gloomy, as we look just a short distance into the future, we can see that the spring will be “springing” in a fairly short period of time. So, what better time is there to start to talk about rainbow trout? As a person who has enjoyed fishing for these beautiful fish for almost three decades, the springtime is always an exciting time for me. I would have to assume that if you are reading this you feel similarly, and below, I will outline three tricks that have helped me over the years with the hope that they will do the same for you.
The first, and more than likely the easiest to use, has to do with when you fish for springtime rainbow trout. Many trout fishermen don’t realize that when they fish has as much to do with them catching or not catching trout as any single factor. Well, I can tell you from experience that it does matter, and the easiest way to determine when to head out fishing for rainbows is to learn the simple ways in which the weather and the moon impact fish behavior, and thus trout fishing. This is easily one of the easiest ways to catch more springtime rainbows; be on the water fishing for them when they are the most likely to be feeding and the weather and the moon play a big role in this phenomenon. Learn the simple ways in which these two forces of Mother Nature impact fishing and you will catch more rainbow trout this spring.
If you prefer to fish for rainbow trout in rivers and streams as I do, fish early and late and I don’t mean early in the morning and late in the evening. I mean the best time to fish for rainbow trout during the spring in rivers and streams is before and after the runoff. You see, in a majority of the areas where rainbow trout fishing is popular, the springtime brings a serious river runoff from the mountains as warmer temperatures melt mountain snow. Well, when this happens, the rivers and streams become swollen and un-fishable, but before and after the water becomes chocolate milk like, the trout fishing can be very good. In the springtime fish early in the spring and late in the spring, before rivers become swollen with dark and high flowing water and you will experience much more success.
Finally, we have the specific approach that you take when fishing for rainbows during the spring. Whether you are fishing in a lake, river, or stream, you are often going to experience less than ideal water conditions, both because of the run off mentioned above and because of spring rains, so your trout fishing approach often needs to be modified. This means that any trout lures that you employ need to have as much “flash” and/or make as much noise as possible. The goal is to help the trout to locate the potential meal in these less than ideal water conditions. The springtime is the time for small rattling crank baits and spinner colors such as chartreuse’s and other bright color patterns so that the trout will have an easier time locating their potential meal.
Keep these simple tricks in mind the next time that you head out in search of springtime rainbow trout and you will experience more success, I promise you. I will be using them all in a couple of months and you should as well.