A Great Technique to Catch Rainbow Trout in the Spring

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I have developed an incredible effective technique for fishing in lakes and reservoirs for spawning rainbow trout. Every spring between the beginning of May and the end of June (in my area) the rainbow trout cruise the shore in large groups looking to spawn. This is my favorite time of year to fish, because the largest trout can be caught right from shore. I usually use black marabou jigs (my favorite lure) to catch them.

Spawning Rainbow Trout Fishing Technique

One spring I was fishing at Quartz Lake, Alaska with my black jig. I noticed that the fish were very lazy so I needed to really slow down my presentation. My jig was too heavy to be retrieved that slowly. It would drag on the bottom of the lake. Hmmm… I though. How can I fix this problem? I decided to add a small bobber on the line to control the lure depth. I started catching them one after the other. A new trout fishing technique was born.

Not only did the bobber control lure depth but also allowed me to fish the jig super slowly. That’s not all. The best aspect of this technique is that even the smallest of waves would jig the lure up and down giving it a life-like action that the rainbow trout just couldn’t resist. I would catch them without retrieving the lure at all. I would just cast to where the fish were. The waves gave my jig all the action it needed to entice strikes. I would watch my bobber until it went down. I’d set the hook and then… FISH ON!

So far, this is the most productive technique I know for spawning rainbow trout in the spring. I strongly recommend that you try it. Let me know if it works for you.

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2 thoughts on “A Great Technique to Catch Rainbow Trout in the Spring”

  1. Thanks for the reminder. This is a great technique that can be used to catch some very big trout in the lakes of the western U.S. also. Happy hook ups!


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