TACTICS FOR MISSOURI TROUT   Leave a comment

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The season for Missouri trout park fishing is open.  River banks are wall to wall with anglers early in the season and on holiday weekends.  Then the crowds gradually disappear.  But the fishing for these little torpedoes remains excellent.

Classic trout fishermen typically throw very small flys.  The reason they can do that is due to the fish’s is very acute vision.  Certain environmental conditions call for the use of certain flys.    Trout are sight feeders.

Using dry flys is not the only way.  Their eyes are mid-range.  That means they are comfortable looking up for food as well as down.

Simple is good when trout fishing.  Trout have an amazing ability to consume large baits when it comes to natural ones.  They are little Billy goats.  They may prefer only very tiny offerings but it they are hungry they will take almost anything in the tackle box.

Trout prefer moving water in the 40 to 55-degree range with a rocky bottom.  They survive in pond water but on a more limited basis.

In rivers where water levels change during the day they survive through adaptation.  In fast current they move near the edges shore.  As water levels lower and current decreases they move toward the middle or anywhere.  They will range most of the river system relating to structure to conserve energy and preserve calories.

Trout have a lateral line like all fish.  They respond to movement, vibration and sound.  The lateral allows then to pinpoint a direction from which those things emanate.  They move toward that sound and use their sight to zero in on it.

A Trout’s tiny scales allow them to live in a moving water environment.  This and their slime coat allow them to go nose into the current with less energy.  They are also very slippery to handle while landing.

Southeastern Missouri has rainbow and brown trout.  Rainbows are the prominent stocking fish because they are the easiest trout to grow.  They take to the food, they take to the overcrowding and they take any water pollution a little bit better than a brown trout.

Taken from a hatchery and placed in any body of water there are two things to remember about trout.  Where did that truck back up to? And what do you have a lot of in your tackle box?  For about 3 days trout are stupid.  They spend some time where they are released trying to get acclimated.  They will bite anything.  They do not have the instincts and intuition of a wild trout because they have never had to do anything for their meals.

Most manmade lakes have an area where there is a little bit of a spring found when it was dug.  If the fish find the area they may hang out there and feed to survive through the summer.

Stocked lakes do not usually experience a trout kill.  Anglers remove most of the trout.  Every once in a while someone catches a whopper in a lake where they have been stocking them for a number of years.

Spin tackle is the main mid-western tackle for trout fishing.   Use a relatively light rod to match to your style of fishing.  Light to medium-light action is best because it is very soft and very limber.  You can throw very small lures with it.  The reason you might like the open spinning reel for trout is that you can use lighter line.   It works well with 4 to 6 pound test line.

Most of the time trout are going to respond to lures of 1 1/2 inch or less.

In stained water you might want to use something a little larger.  You can also get away with a little bigger line of 6 to 8-pound test in camo-green.  You might use the bigger line with a 2 foot leader of 4-pound monofilament.

For lures use anything from micro jigs up.  Rainbow trout and the color pink seem to go together.  Red, brown and orange are good colors for brown trout.  You can dress a jig by putting a bobber six or eight feet above it.  It is not as much as a strike indicator but to give the line weight for casting.  In clear water a clear bobber is best.  If you need to cast a long way you can put some water in the bobber or add split shot.

If you are getting short strikes because the fish is attacking the feather portion of the jig presentation, trim the tail a little making the whole presentation shorter and closer to the hook.

Adjust the bobber according to the water depth you are wanting to fish.

Spinners catch more fish than any other class of lure.  It is basically a piece of metal that goes round and round.  It creates a visual flash and a good deal of vibration.  Fish pick up the vibration through the lateral line and come from a long way away.  In clear water the flash is a big advertisement.

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