Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout are probably the most common and easiest to catch of all trout. 4th most popular fishing in North America

Where To Find Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout are most often found in most often found in cold waters such as rivers and creeks.

Rainbow Trout can also be found in a variety of lakes and ponds, which they are commonly called and known as Lake Trout and are usually one of the most commonly stocked fish across the United States.

Best Bait to Catch Rainbow Lake Trout

To imitate the creatures trout eat, there are a few main types of lures. If you’re going trout fishing, make sure to pack at least one of each of these.

PowerBait, Dough & Pellets

Stocked Rainbow Trout where born and grew up in fish hatcheries where they were feed food pellets. Dough baits like Powerbait  (shown below) were specifically created  to solely imitate those pellets in sight, texture and scent as the Rainbow Trout were fed in their hatcheries.

PowerBait Trout Nuggets
PowerBait Natural Glitter Trout Bait
Berkley Powerbait Magnum Floating Power Eggs
PowerBait Chroma-Glow Crappie Nibbles
PowerBait Trout Nuggets
PowerBait Natural Glitter Trout Bait
Berkley Powerbait Magnum Floating Power Eggs
PowerBait Chroma-Glow Crappie Nibbles
$4.56
$4.16
from $3.56
$3.96
PowerBait Trout Nuggets
PowerBait Trout Nuggets
$4.56
PowerBait Natural Glitter Trout Bait
PowerBait Natural Glitter Trout Bait
$4.16
Berkley Powerbait Magnum Floating Power Eggs
Berkley Powerbait Magnum Floating Power Eggs
from $3.56
PowerBait Chroma-Glow Crappie Nibbles
PowerBait Chroma-Glow Crappie Nibbles
$3.96

Artificial Worms & Bait

Stocked Rainbow Trout where born and grew up in fish hatcheries where they were feed food pellets. Dough baits like Powerbait  (shown below) were specifically created  to solely imitate those pellets in sight, texture and scent as the Rainbow Trout were fed in their hatcheries.

Berkley PowerBait Floating Mice Tails
Lip Ripperz Natural Hatchery Dust Prepared Fishing Bait, Brown
Shadow Mini-Mite Glow Jig-in-a-Tube, Clear
Atlas Mike's Corn Salmon Fishing Bait Eggs
Berkley PowerBait Floating Mice Tails
Lip Ripperz Natural Hatchery Dust Prepared Fishing Bait, Brown
Shadow Mini-Mite Glow Jig-in-a-Tube, Clear
Atlas Mike's Corn Salmon Fishing Bait Eggs
$7.43
$8.88
$9.00
from $3.99
Berkley PowerBait Floating Mice Tails
Berkley PowerBait Floating Mice Tails
$7.43
Lip Ripperz Natural Hatchery Dust Prepared Fishing Bait, Brown
Lip Ripperz Natural Hatchery Dust Prepared Fishing Bait, Brown
$8.88
Shadow Mini-Mite Glow Jig-in-a-Tube, Clear
Shadow Mini-Mite Glow Jig-in-a-Tube, Clear
$9.00
Atlas Mike's Corn Salmon Fishing Bait Eggs
Atlas Mike's Corn Salmon Fishing Bait Eggs
from $3.99

Live Bait

Stocked Rainbow Trout where born and grew up in fish hatcheries where they were feed food pellets. Dough baits like Powerbait  (shown below) were specifically created  to solely imitate those pellets in sight, texture and scent as the Rainbow Trout were fed in their hatcheries.

2100 Live Mealworms, Organically Grown By Bassett's Cricket Ranch
Uncle Jim's Worm Farm 500 Count Red Wiggler Live Composting Worms
500 Live Wax Worms Bee Moth Live Bait Ice Fishing Reptile Gecko Food waxworms
Live 500 Bait Maggots Ice Fishing Grub Worms Pan Fish Bait Crappie & Perch
2100 Live Mealworms, Organically Grown By Bassett's Cricket Ranch
Uncle Jim's Worm Farm 500 Count Red Wiggler Live Composting Worms
500 Live Wax Worms Bee Moth Live Bait Ice Fishing Reptile Gecko Food waxworms
Live 500 Bait Maggots Ice Fishing Grub Worms Pan Fish Bait Crappie & Perch
$17.99
$34.95
$28.99
$27.59
2100 Live Mealworms, Organically Grown By Bassett's Cricket Ranch
2100 Live Mealworms, Organically Grown By Bassett's Cricket Ranch
$17.99
Uncle Jim's Worm Farm 500 Count Red Wiggler Live Composting Worms
Uncle Jim's Worm Farm 500 Count Red Wiggler Live Composting Worms
$34.95
500 Live Wax Worms Bee Moth Live Bait Ice Fishing Reptile Gecko Food waxworms
500 Live Wax Worms Bee Moth Live Bait Ice Fishing Reptile Gecko Food waxworms
$28.99
Live 500 Bait Maggots Ice Fishing Grub Worms Pan Fish Bait Crappie & Perch
Live 500 Bait Maggots Ice Fishing Grub Worms Pan Fish Bait Crappie & Perch
$27.59

Spoons

Flashy spoons, especially those tipped with feathers and sometimes even wax worms, are effective for trout all year long. They thrive, however, in colder weather when the bite slows down. Their flashiness can annoy and entice into a bit bite.

Mepps Little Wolf Treble Hook Fishing Lure, 1/4-Ounce, Brown Trout
Acme S303-C 1/6-Oucne Phoebe Spinning Spoon, Cooper
Acme SW105/G SW105-G Kastmaster, 1/8-Ounce Gold
Eppinger 916 Dardevle Spinnie, Red/White, 1/4-ounce
Mepps Little Wolf Treble Hook Fishing Lure, 1/4-Ounce, Brown Trout
Acme S303-C 1/6-Oucne Phoebe Spinning Spoon, Cooper
Acme SW105/G SW105-G Kastmaster, 1/8-Ounce Gold
Eppinger 916 Dardevle Spinnie, Red/White, 1/4-ounce
$10.34
$6.81
$4.26
$5.99
-
Mepps Little Wolf Treble Hook Fishing Lure, 1/4-Ounce, Brown Trout
Mepps Little Wolf Treble Hook Fishing Lure, 1/4-Ounce, Brown Trout
$10.34
Acme S303-C 1/6-Oucne Phoebe Spinning Spoon, Cooper
Acme S303-C 1/6-Oucne Phoebe Spinning Spoon, Cooper
$6.81
-
Acme SW105/G SW105-G Kastmaster, 1/8-Ounce Gold
Acme SW105/G SW105-G Kastmaster, 1/8-Ounce Gold
$4.26
Eppinger 916 Dardevle Spinnie, Red/White, 1/4-ounce
Eppinger 916 Dardevle Spinnie, Red/White, 1/4-ounce
$5.99

Rooster Tails & Spinners

Trout spinners are one of the most effective and versatile trout lures. Spinners and rooster tails are the bread and butter of trout anglers nationwide. Easily changed in and out on a swivel, they get bit anywhere in a lake, but their flapping blades are suited to add flash to a river current.

Yakima Bait Wordens Original Rooster Tail Spinner Lure, Yellow Coachdog, 1/8-Ounce
Panther Martin Spinner
Blue Fox Classic Vibrax 02 Plated 3/16 (Silver/Chrome Blue, Size- 2.44)
Blue Fox 60-20-71C Classic Vibrax 3/16-Ounce Fishing Spinner, Size 2, Chartreuse Tipped and Silver Flake Painted Finish
Yakima Bait Wordens Original Rooster Tail Spinner Lure, Yellow Coachdog, 1/8-Ounce
Panther Martin Spinner
Blue Fox Classic Vibrax 02 Plated 3/16 (Silver/Chrome Blue, Size- 2.44)
Blue Fox 60-20-71C Classic Vibrax 3/16-Ounce Fishing Spinner, Size 2, Chartreuse Tipped and Silver Flake Painted Finish
$4.99
from $2.92
$7.15
$7.82
Yakima Bait Wordens Original Rooster Tail Spinner Lure, Yellow Coachdog, 1/8-Ounce
Yakima Bait Wordens Original Rooster Tail Spinner Lure, Yellow Coachdog, 1/8-Ounce
$4.99
Panther Martin Spinner
Panther Martin Spinner
from $2.92
Blue Fox Classic Vibrax 02 Plated 3/16 (Silver/Chrome Blue, Size- 2.44)
Blue Fox Classic Vibrax 02 Plated 3/16 (Silver/Chrome Blue, Size- 2.44)
$7.15
Blue Fox 60-20-71C Classic Vibrax 3/16-Ounce Fishing Spinner, Size 2, Chartreuse Tipped and Silver Flake Painted Finish
Blue Fox 60-20-71C Classic Vibrax 3/16-Ounce Fishing Spinner, Size 2, Chartreuse Tipped and Silver Flake Painted Finish
$7.82

Best Tackle Gear to Catch Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout usually grow to about 12 inches, making them pretty light to fish for, you are pretty to ultralight tackle if you prefer.

A standard rainbow trout fishing rig would include:

Trout Fishing Poles/Rods

An ultra light rod and reel are usually sufficient to land most trout in still waters.  You want a rod with a soft tip because Rainbows shake their heads a lot and you want a soft tip to absorb those shakes without pulling the hook.

Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod
KastKing Perigee II Fishing Rods, Spinning Rod 4ft 6in-Ultra Light - Moderate-1pc
St Croix Triumph Spinning, TRS70MHF
Fenwicks HMG70MH-FS HMG Spinning Rod Rod
Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod
KastKing Perigee II Fishing Rods, Spinning Rod 4ft 6in-Ultra Light - Moderate-1pc
St Croix Triumph Spinning, TRS70MHF
Fenwicks HMG70MH-FS HMG Spinning Rod Rod
$39.95
$49.99
$109.99
$86.23
Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod
Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod
$39.95
KastKing Perigee II Fishing Rods, Spinning Rod 4ft 6in-Ultra Light - Moderate-1pc
KastKing Perigee II Fishing Rods, Spinning Rod 4ft 6in-Ultra Light - Moderate-1pc
$49.99
St Croix Triumph Spinning, TRS70MHF
St Croix Triumph Spinning, TRS70MHF
$109.99
Fenwicks HMG70MH-FS HMG Spinning Rod Rod
Fenwicks HMG70MH-FS HMG Spinning Rod Rod
$86.23

Trout Fishing Reels

Trout have good eyesight and will often be scared away by line that is too visible, especially in heavily pressured waters.

Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod
KastKing Perigee II Fishing Rods, Spinning Rod 4ft 6in-Ultra Light - Moderate-1pc
St Croix Triumph Spinning, TRS70MHF
Fenwicks HMG70MH-FS HMG Spinning Rod Rod
Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod
KastKing Perigee II Fishing Rods, Spinning Rod 4ft 6in-Ultra Light - Moderate-1pc
St Croix Triumph Spinning, TRS70MHF
Fenwicks HMG70MH-FS HMG Spinning Rod Rod
$39.95
$49.99
$109.99
$86.23
Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod
Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod
$39.95
KastKing Perigee II Fishing Rods, Spinning Rod 4ft 6in-Ultra Light - Moderate-1pc
KastKing Perigee II Fishing Rods, Spinning Rod 4ft 6in-Ultra Light - Moderate-1pc
$49.99
St Croix Triumph Spinning, TRS70MHF
St Croix Triumph Spinning, TRS70MHF
$109.99
Fenwicks HMG70MH-FS HMG Spinning Rod Rod
Fenwicks HMG70MH-FS HMG Spinning Rod Rod
$86.23

Trout Fishing Line

Trout have good eyesight and will often be scared away by line that is too visible, especially in heavily pressured waters. I generally fish with 2lb test line in nearly all situations when fishing for rainbows in heavily pressured areas, especially in still waters where they have a lot of time to inspect your offering.

Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod
KastKing Perigee II Fishing Rods, Spinning Rod 4ft 6in-Ultra Light - Moderate-1pc
St Croix Triumph Spinning, TRS70MHF
Fenwicks HMG70MH-FS HMG Spinning Rod Rod
Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod
KastKing Perigee II Fishing Rods, Spinning Rod 4ft 6in-Ultra Light - Moderate-1pc
St Croix Triumph Spinning, TRS70MHF
Fenwicks HMG70MH-FS HMG Spinning Rod Rod
$39.95
$49.99
$109.99
$86.23
Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod
Ugly Stik GX2 Spinning Rod
$39.95
KastKing Perigee II Fishing Rods, Spinning Rod 4ft 6in-Ultra Light - Moderate-1pc
KastKing Perigee II Fishing Rods, Spinning Rod 4ft 6in-Ultra Light - Moderate-1pc
$49.99
St Croix Triumph Spinning, TRS70MHF
St Croix Triumph Spinning, TRS70MHF
$109.99
Fenwicks HMG70MH-FS HMG Spinning Rod Rod
Fenwicks HMG70MH-FS HMG Spinning Rod Rod
$86.23