Welcome to another fantastic resource for trout fishing. This time I’m going to give 5 red hot tips for trout fishing in lakes. Winter is the time when I mostly go for trout fishing in lakes. These tips will show you how you can increase your catch rate and achieve more success.
5 Tips For Trout Fishing In Lakes
1. Water Temperature
The very first tip and it’s the one that most of you’ll know but newcomers to the sport of fishing may not and that is water temperature. I’m not going to go into specific details like how many degrees and stuff like that. I’ll keep it as simple as possible.
Basically, all I need to say is that the trout are cold water species and you catch them in the winter. In this season, the water is cold and you’ll find plenty of trout in the lakes.
In the summer, when the water gets really warm the trout will go down deeper in search of cold water. That’s what makes trout the most popular fishing species during the winter month. So, you need cold water.
In the summer months, you’ll still catch them in lakes but you need to cast deeper and this may be a little tough for a newcomer. You need special lures and trout fishing lines to do so.
My final point is: Winter is the ideal time to chase them when the water is at its coldest.
2. Low Light
Tip number 2 applies to all lakes. Whether it’s a great big lake with steep side or a small shallow lake with a lot of aquatic growth, it doesn’t matter. This tip goes for all lakes. Trout don’t like bright light nor direct sunshine.
Focus on the low light periods. Early morning is my favorite time to catch trout and that’s when I have the best success rate. Early morning and late in the evening at sunset is the ideal time for trout fishing. Overcast days are also ideal for trout fishing.
So, focus on low light periods of the day and try to time your day if possible to overcast gloomy day. Foggy conditions are fantastic for reeling in some good trout. Once, the sun goes up, the trout will go down deep.
3. Shaded Areas
Tip number three is looking for shaded areas. Obviously, you will only get shade in the days of sunshine. During the day look for shady areas. Now, some lakes don’t have shady areas because they are open, flattened and not that deep. In this situation, there is not much you can do about that.
But, lakes with steeper sides look for shady areas. Although it will limit your time for fishing, those 2-3 hours will be more than enough for you. So, this tip focuses on shady areas or shaded valleys. Because in these places the trout feel a bit more confident to come to the surface or close to the surface to feed on sunny days.
Tip number four is all about lures and what lures are best to use in lakes. First I’ll talk about boat fishing. If you are in a boat and you are trolling, it’s very hard to beat winged lures. They don’t dive down very deep but they do have a very erratic action.
There is a whole different variety of ways that you can fish with them. Small minnows are also good for trolling. I’ll also vouch for wild bait. They are very lifelike. They have a great color range and natural looking.
You can also use a variety of minnows like rapalas and many more. If you are bank fishing, I would use a 7g blade. TT switchblade is my favorite. I love the blades because they cast so far. If you are in the boat, you can’t troll with them. They are not the best trolling lure.
But, from the bank, a 7g blade will cast further than a 7g jig head with a soft plastic because blades don’t catch the wind. It cuts through the air. That’s why I like 7g blades.
I don’t go for 12-13g lures because trout don’t go for bigger lures. 7 grams is the average size. Tasmanian devils are also good. They are not the best for cutting wind but those wings will let you cast far enough.
So, if you are trolling for trout, try winged lures first, then minnows and if you are off the bank, try a switchblade.
Trout like all sorts of things when it comes to bait fishing. Tip no 5 will focus on trout baits. There is a whole variety of baits. With trout, we all know that it is critical that we match the hatch. We give the trout what’s in the system. In winter, I’ve had some good luck with mud-eyes.
The problem with mud-eyes is that they hatch in October. In winter, it’s pretty rare to find them. You should look for them in stores where they stock mud-eyes. Despite the fact that there are not a lot of dragonflies in winter, mud-eyes seem to work really well.
Worms are also a very good blade. As a trout bait, I really like worms. But, they usually work better after a lot of rain. Also, don’t be afraid to use other worms that you might use for Redfin fishing.
Things like freshwater shrimp, trout will eat those. So, when you haven’t had too much rain and it’s too cold for other crickets and grasshoppers and stuff, don’t be afraid to try small yabby or small shrimp because they will work really well with trout.
So, these are the five tips that will help you increase your trout success rate when you are fishing in lakes. Make sure you get there before the sun goes up and troll in that magical air in the morning. If you have any other tips for trout fishing in lakes, leave them in the comments below and let me know.