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How do you catch a rainbow through ice?

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Asked by: Curtis Zeiter

What is the best bait for rainbow?

When fishing bait for rainbow trout, here are some top picks:

  • Powerbait Trout Nuggets (especially for hatchery fish)
  • Worms.
  • Live nymphs and minnows (best used in winter)
  • Kernel corn and colored marshmallows (for hatchery fish)
  • Salmon eggs.


What is the best bait for ice fishing trout?

The best live baits for anglers ice fishing for rainbow trout are mealworms, wax worms, spikes, and small live minnows. These are all readily available at tackle shops that cater to ice fishermen. Live baits can be presented on a small hook. A small split shot can be used to get the bait down to the desired depth.

Can you catch rainbows?

Rainbows often jump when hooked and are a fun adversary on light tackle. As an added bonus, many of the mountain rivers and lakes where they are found are very scenic which adds to the fishing experience. Wild-caught rainbows taste delicious.

How do you rig a Powerbait for ice fishing?

Take one very small splitshot sinker and put it just above your hook and cover the hook and sinker with powerbait. Doesn’t take much weight to sink. Another method is to add the splitshot about 6 inches up from the hook. Then you just put the sinker on the bottom and your power bait floats 6 inches off bottom.

How do you target rainbow trout ice fishing?

Use light line, thin wire hooks or 1/125- to 1/80-ounce jigs, and a small lead shot 18 inches or so above the bait. Suspend the rig in the top half of the water column, since rainbows usually cruise above the bottom. In the Great Lakes and in larger reservoirs, minnows often are a top bait.

What is the best time to catch rainbow trout?

spring

Conventional wisdom suggests that late spring is the best time to catch trout, especially if you’re looking for larger fish. The warmer it gets, the more fishing pressure from other anglers, the thicker the grass and brush surrounding their habitats and the lower the water levels.

Do worms work for ice fishing?

Can you use worms for ice fishing? Although worms are not the best live bait option for ice fishing, an earthworm on a jig can catch crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, trout, whitefish, and even small bass. If worms are what you have for bait, you can absolutely catch some fish using them.

Do Nightcrawlers work for ice fishing?

Nightcrawlers can be an excellent bait for ice fishing, depending on the fish species you want to catch. They are one of the best ice fishing baits for all kinds of trout, and also work well for crappie and other panfish.

Is Power bait good for ice fishing?

When ice fishing many times less movement is more productive than a constant jigging action. Powerbait – Powerbait is an excellent bait for trout, especially if those trout have been planted, which is the case many times with trout in lakes. Again smaller is better when fishing trout bait such as Powerbait.

How do you catch rainbow trout in the winter?


Water moving provides. So target slower water in streams creeks and rivers. And for fishing lakes or ponds fish close to the bank. As water temps drop trout move from the deeper to shallower.

Where can I find trout under the ice?

Work all depths from 6 inches off the bottom to a few feet below the ice. Trout will tend to suspend in depths that run parallel to the shallow ledge depth. So if the water is only 4 feet deep where the ledge quickly drops off, the fish may be suspended at 4 feet over deeper water.

How do you catch brown trout in ice fishing?

Jigging spoons are the best all round lure when targeting brown trout through the ice. It is usually tipped with a head or tail of a lake shiner. If you are using larger spoons you can put a full minnow on because it won’t mess up the action of the lure.

How deep do you fish for brown trout?

20-40 ft

Under average conditions without ice, focus on fishing for brown trout in 20-40 ft of water. Locating structure at these depths such as sunken timber, rock piles, boulders, etc.

What is a jigging spoon?

Jigging spoons are not search lures but are “location specific”. That is, you first locate the bass with your electronics, put your boat on top of them, then drop the spoon right into the middle of them. A jigging spoon is generally considered as “deep water” lures when it comes to fishing spoons for bass.

How do you target brown trout?

The best baits are live nightcrawlers, minnows, and spawn on a #4 hook or smaller. Get some weight above your hook, such as a split shot or an egg sinker (depending on the conditions), to keep your bait in the strike zone. Let it move through the water like an easy target.

What is the best color lure for trout?

Chartreuse and white or red and white produce the most contrast and are the best combinations under any light. Black, due to its contrast is the most visible color under most conditions and best at night. Use darker colors like black, blue and violet under low light or when fishing deep.

How do you rig for trout fishing?

And the hook that's all you want you know what nothing fancy. One is little hardware as possible to try to have very good eyesight and you don't want to do anything spooky.

How do you catch rainbow trout?

The other thing is no matter what kind of rod and reel you have you could be using a shark fishing rod but if you use white line such as the six pound fluorocarbon on the end you will catch more fish.

What lures do you use for rainbow trout?

The top rainbow trout lures can be broken down into four categories: spinners, spoons, jigs and plugs. All four can be both cast and trolled effectively. Most can be used to cover the entire water column. All can be used in both rivers and lakes.

How do you get rainbow trout from shore?

Shore fishing is productive when rainbows congregate in shallower waters in spring. Live worms and PowerBait are the baits of choice for many shore anglers, but you can also have great success patrolling the bank with spinners and small Rapala crankbaits. New Melones Lake has a lot of accessible shoreline.

What depth do rainbow trout swim at?

from the surface. During the warmer months, Trout are at-least 15 ft. deep and can even get down to 160 ft. Advanced trolling equipment and techniques are required to target these deeper areas.

How cold is too cold for trout fishing?

Trout generally are more active when water temperatures are in their comfort range: 45 to 65 degrees. They can survive in water temperatures as low as 35, but rarely do mountain streams get that cold.

Do trout bite when its cold?

Trout do feed in winter, especially if water temperatures climb above 40 degrees. If the law allows, try winter trout fishing in your area. Trout won’t be found everywhere, though, in fact they will probably be concentrated in just a few pools.

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