You don’t have to use fly rods and match the hatch to catch trout. When trout get hungry, anyone can catch them on their favorite lightweight spinning or spincasting combo.
Purist fly fishermen don’t like to think about this, but trout also crave nightcrawlers, angle worms, red wigglers, wax worms, and even maggots. Minnows dead or alive work,as well as live crayfish and crayfish tails. They even go bonkers over leeches.
The most popular bait for trout is probably Berkley®’s PowerBaits® and a variety of different types of salmon eggs. Human treats also catch trout. Try mini marshmallows, canned corn, peas, cheese, and even hot dog chunks. One of the biggest trout ever taken on Lake Taneycomo in southern Missouri was caught by a kid using a McDonald®’s French fry.
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