Fishing for a trout can be a fun activity for the entire family. However coming back home empty handed isn't, so follow these easy steps to increase your chances of catching a trout at your local lake.
Prepare your rod and reel and slide the line from the reel through the eyeholes of your rod and out the end. Give yourself enough line past the last eyehole to easily work with for the next step.
Insert the end of the line into your sliding sinker (weight). See the picture on the left for an example of what the sinkers look like.
Insert the end of your line into the small bead.
Insert the end of your line into the end of your snap swivel that is not the actual snap. See picture.
Tie a clinch knot or improved clinch knot to tie it off and make sure you cut off any excess fishing line. Set the rod aside. We're now going to work on the "leader" or your assembly.
Take your spool of 2 lbs. test fishing line and cut off a piece that is about arm's length. This piece of fishing line is what we call a "leader."
Take your swivel without the clip (see picture) and tie a clinch knot to it with one end of your arm's length leader.
On the other end of your "leader", tie a clinch knot to your small treble hook. Be careful because the book is very small and sharp. Cut off any excess fishing line.
Unsnap the clip that is attached to the end of your snap swivel that is attached to your rod and reel. Insert the swivel from your leader into the open snap swivel. Close the swivel. You may be wondering why there are so many swivles. This accomplishes two things: 1) Your line will not be tangled as your bait spins around in the water, and 2) If your leader breaks or your hook comes off, you can easily add another "leader" without having to take apart your entire rig.
Open your jar of powerbait and use your index finger to take a marble sized portion. Roll the powerbait in your hands until it is in a spherical shape.
Insert the treble hook into the ball of powerbait so that the entire hook is covered. Use your finger to safely squish the bait around the hook so the hook is secure inside.
Carefully cast into the lake as far as you can and let the sinker take your bait close to the bottom. Keep your reel open as your bait sinks, and do your best not to disrupt the line as this happens. Close your reel.
Gently rest your rod and reel at an angle so that your rod tip is in the air and your reel is close to the ground.
Let it sit for about 20-30 minutes before you reel it back in just incase you lost your bait. Trout are very smart (hence the thin leader) and may take a while to give in and take the bait. During this time, you can read or talk to your family!
If you get a bite, pick up the rod and set it (pull it back and up) so that the hook will lodge into the trout's mouth. Remember, it's not a shark, so you don't have to pull back too hard. Just enough to set the hook.
Reel it in slowly. Your fishing line is very thin and could potentially break. If you have a fishing net handy, get it ready for when you bring the fish close to shore.
Net the fish, store it away or throw it back, and repeat! Congratulations!
- Be careful when tying hooks. They are made very sharp and can easily dig into your fingers or hands. If you do get "hooked", pull out the hook slowly. If the hook has inserted itself past the barb, find help at the local tackle shop.
- Make sure you have a fishing license and permit before you cast anything into the water. The fines can be very hefty if you do not comply with the local and state rules. Check with your local tackle shop for more information.
- Before doing anything, it's smart to wash your hands to get rid of any scent that may be on your hands. Fish have a good sense of smell and will be able to detect anything in your hands. DO NOT USE SOAP or any lotions.
- Try different colored and scented powerbaits. Depending on your location, different fish have different tastes. I have personally found that the yellow and chartreuse colors work the best in most areas.