DUNKIN WORMS FOR TROUT   Leave a comment

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Spring catchable trout programs allow anglers catch these denizens of the cold water often not normally available the rest of the year.

Rainbow trout live in water that remains below 72-degrees and within 4 feet of the surface.  They can survive in spring-fed lakes and ponds.  Baring these conditions, they stocked in colder waters surviving until late spring.

This aggressive eater is fed supplementally with the use of commercial fish food at the hatchery prior to being introduced our waters.  Once at the site location they are known to take a variety of bait, artificial and natural.

In the first few days of survival in the stocked ponds, trout can be caught using just about anything as bait.  In-line spinners, marshmallows and even Velveeta cheese spread placed on a very small hook will do the job.  The hook is suspended beneath a bobber about 18 inches deep.

After a few days it is advisable to switch to live bait.  Rainbow trout have about 2,500 taste buds.  That compares with about 9,000 in you and me.  Trout are known to be one of the least selective feeders.  But, they soon turn to only baits that contain tastes commonly found in living tissue.

They seek out live baits such as mealworms, red worms, maggots, minnows and nightcrawlers.  One bait popular with anglers is a one-inch piece of nightcrawler threaded on a number 10 hook.  This bait is suspended beneath a slip bobber about 18-inches down.  Fresh from the hatchery, a trout feeds in the top 1-2 feet of water.  Later they become bottom dwellers but will come up to eat.

Live bait suspended just off the bottom is also a good prospect.  The bait is still placed on the hook but instead of a bobber one places a slip sinker just above it.  The bait is allowed to move on the bottom and the sinker helps it stay down.

Most of the ponds into which these fish are stocked have relatively featureless bottoms.  If there is any structure of vegetation available they usually soon find it and stay there.  Otherwise it is a good idea to fish facing into the wind when the indigenous forage is blown toward you.

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