Trout fishing can be one of the most fun and rewarding experiences enjoyed by the whole family, and there are numerous places where one can find a trout stream, river, or lake to fish. There are many different baits that have been used over the years, which consist of live organic as well as artificial lures. These different baits have different effects depending on what type of conditions that one is fishing in. However, there is one failsafe that has been used since the beginning of fishing itself, which are earthworms. Earthworms have been the key to fishing for any kind of fish and continue to be one of the most popular live baits available. Worms such as night crawlers and earth worms are great for fishing for all types of fish, but they seem to be especially good for trout fishing. There are different techniques where one is fishing in a river versus fishing in a lake or pond although the outcome is almost always the same: success.
River fishing for trout is one of the most common forms of trout fishing. There are many rivers and off shoots of streams scattered across the United States and Canada alike that hold trophy sized trout. There are a few pieces of terminal tackle that you will want to take with you when fishing in rivers and streams with worms.
First, get a small sized can that will fit into your fishing vest or pocket. This will hold your worms in a convenient and dry place when they are needed. Next, river trout are very temperamental so you will want to use a small poundage line when fishing for trout. The average size test line that should be used is either six or eight pound. A small hook should be used as well although one should use circle hooks instead of the traditional “J” hooks. Circle hooks allow the fish to ingest the bait without deep hooking in the bowels of the fish. Trout are especially notorious for deep hooking and they are very delicate fish. For that reason, many trout are killed each year due to deep hooking. Circle hooks will be allowed to flow back up the fish’s throat and hook on the lip and are just as effective as traditional hooks. After you have your reel spooled with fishing line and your circle hook tied on, you should attach a small weight approximately two feet away from the hook. The weight should be no more than 1/4 of an ounce. This is to keep the worm near the bottom of the river.
Now, you are ready to fish. Cut a bit of worm about one inch long and thread it on the hook. There are many ways to place the worm on the hook and usually most are efficient as long as the worm is firmly attached. When casting, find a large pool that has a way for water to flow in and out. This is usually the best place to look for trout as they will school in large and deep pools. The darker the water looks normally indicates a deeper pool. If there are no deep pools around or you have fished the deep pools with no luck, you should try fishing upstream. Fishing upriver can be a difficult skill to learn although once mastered, he or she will catch fish as often as fishing deep pools. When fishing upriver, cast upstream and let your line float down river. Feel the weight bounce off of rocks and other debris on the bottom. You will want to keep the line moving so it does not get stuck on rocks and limbs on the bottom. Eventually, you will feel the strike of a fish but you must make sure that you keep the fish away from rocks or the line may become entangled and your game may escape.
Fishing with worms can be a fun adventure for the entire family and everyone will enjoy catching fish. Many streams are catch and release during the present so be sure to check with the local tackle shops to find out the streams that you can keep fish and those that you have to throw your trout back.