Fishing – The Best Baits to Use For Rainbow Trout

There are many different types of bait that can be used when fishing for rainbow trout and in this article I will outline three of the best. I have been fishing for these beautiful fish for more than two decades and have found all of the baits in this article to be effective. I will list the type of bait and then a few tips for using them effectively.

The bottom line is that these three baits should be a part of your fishing repertoire when fishing for rainbow trout. Although some anglers use baits such as corn and cheese to catch these beautiful fish, I will not be listing these types of baits. These types of baits are used exclusively for stocked trout, which are trout that have been raised and subsequently released by a local government agency or similar conservation organization. In my mind, these “trout” (that will eat corn or cheese) are a far cry from a true rainbow trout.

In any case these baits are among the best baits to use when fishing for rainbow trout in various trout fishing situations. Raibow trout


  1. Flies – Anyone who has ever seen or even considered fishing for rainbow trout is probably aware that fly fishing is an excellent method of catching them. Flies are, without a doubt, among the best baits to use for rainbow trout. The only problem with fishing flies is that specialized equipment needs to be used to cast and fish lightweight flies effectively. You’ve got to become a “fly fisherman” and many anglers have no need for learning an entirely new skill set when it comes to fishing. This is where a casting bubble comes into play. With the use of a casting bubble, traditional spin fishermen can fish flies in an effective manner. The bottom line is that flies are an excellent bait for catching trout of all kinds, including rainbow trout.
  2. Live Worms – Live worms, such as night crawlers and red worms, are an excellent bait for rainbow trout. The biggest key when using live worms as bait for trout is to use this bait in river and stream fishing situations. Live worms aren’t nearly as effective in lake fishing situations. If a live worm is rigged on a set of gang hooks and allowed to flow with the current of a river or stream, bouncing along the bottom as it flows, it is certainly among the best baits that can be used for catching rainbow trout, there’s no doubt about it.
  3. Small Rooster Tail Spinners – There are various small spinners on the market that can be used for rainbow trout fishing, but in my two plus decades of experience, there are none more effective than rooster tail spinners in the 1/16 to 3/8 ounce size range. These spinners are very effective rainbow trout baits, especially in river fishing situations when live bait doesn’t seem to be working. The bottom line is that small Rooster Tail spinners are excellent bait for trout of all kinds, including our friend the rainbow. These baits are effective in both river and lake fishing scenarios