Lastly, have fun and enjoy yourself. I find most trout in six feet or less, and often in only two feet if there is good cover. They also live in much of the northeastern and Northwestern United States as well. This method has worked year after year for me at Lake Tahoe. Make sure they have the trout pattern and are gold in color. Brown trout, introduced in the U.S. in 1883, have a reputation for being wily and elusive. Worms on the end of a floating line tend to float too high, and a little weight will carry the bait deeper into the water. Without polarized lenses, you are merely making uninformed guesses as to what lies under the surface. Most small lakes have an abundance of frogs and browns love them. I carry a variety of small crimp-on weights, and change weights frequently according to the speed of the water I am fishing in. Because I usually take my family camping with me, I want a place to park my RV. You can experiment with different brands and as long as they look like small browns, you’ll probably find one that works. Trout is a common species of freshwater fish that can be cooked into a delicious meal. Allow the bait to float past the fish you hope to find at home, without guiding it any more than necessary. I live next door to you, in Oregon, but on the western side of the state. Al from Australia, Hong Kong, USA on March 25, 2016: collegedad from The Upper Peninsula on December 23, 2012: There's nothing better than a day spent on a stream with an old fly rod. He will take his float tube out into water filled with ice chunks, and sit in that freezing water all day while it snows on him and his hands become too numb to work the reel. © Kcmatt | – Brown Trout fish. Can you use regular fishing poles in creeks and rivers? I have heard a lot about some fantastic mountain streams. Unlike in lake fishing, once the fish is hooked you can usually tell what shelter or obstruction the fish is trying to reach, and keep him away from that direction. Plenty of info on hub. But there's nothing better than getting away from the city, standing in a stream and catch some trout. This does not mean standing water; trout are an active fish and want moving water to linger in (much different than lake fish, and I believe it makes them stronger and better able to fight). Consider that if you can see him, then he can see you as well and probably won't bite. Riffle:A riffle is a rocky, shallow area in a stream where water cascading over rocks creates a noticeable surface disturbance.To identify a riffle, look for a choppy surface or whitewater spilling over shallow rocks into deeper water. Nearly all of my fishing is in small streams; between wading along both banks I seldom need to cast out more than 20' or so and the fly tackle gives me more control in the shorter casts around brush, rocks and logs in the water. The trick is to pull the line in the opposite direction from where it was going when the hook snagged. Likewise a pool does not mean 20 feet of water. I love the beauty and solitude, though. Each county provides a link to an interactive map highlighting the stream of interest. Although I practice catch-and-release, I do carry a small canvas creel as a convenient way to carry extra hooks, leader, weights, pliers, and other gear. Excellent and informative hub and enjoyed the pics as well. If catching fish is all you want, go to the grocery store, jam a hook into one and drag it to the cashier. I've been trying my luck at a mountain stream in this village in Himachal Pradesh, India. While fish can and will be found nearly anywhere there is water, trout tend to congregate in quiet pools with some depth and a hiding place. Larger rivers or reservoirs with naturally spawning populations in tributary streams can offer trophy (>18”) brown trout fisheries. The purpose of fishing is enjoyment, or should be, not merely catching fish. I like spinning gear. I've done a little trout fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but we don't really like to eat trout. The trick is to remember that you can retrieve a lot faster than normal because browns love the chase. There are big brown trout in the Great Lakes which can be caught by trolling spoons, plugs, and spinners but the best brown trout fishing is in great rivers across the continent. The objective is to have enough weight, perhaps 18" or 2 feet from the hook, to be able to control the location of the hook. You don't want the hook right on the bottom (would you live touching the bottom with escape cut off in that direction? I spent some 22 years living in Virginia and fished extensively for bass, bluegill, perch and other warm-water fish. Jigs can be an effective way to fish for trout in rivers, streams, ponds and lakes. If you wade in most of the other rivers you take a chance of encountering stumps, snags, cottonmouth moccasins, not to mention, alligators! A true trout that was first brought to Vermont from their native Europe in 1892. Great article, voted up. I typically fish close to home in the Rogue River where you will find brown and rainbow trout along with steelhead runs twice a year. Behind bass, panfish, and catfish, trout fishing are the 4th most popular fishing in North America.Trout always put up a good fight, are abundant from sea to shining sea, and are pretty tasty when anglers decide to keep them. I very often see deer and other wildlife, while finding few people. This need not be of the highest quality (or cost), as I do not fly-fish, but it does need to be a decent setup. Instead, pull out a few feet of line (a fly reel is not a casting reel), and, using an underhand flipping motion with that long pole, put the bait a little upstream and out from where you stand. Browns are very fast and aggressive and are also very smart. Once you spot this big rock in the stream, you’ll notice … If you do need to provide some guidance, do it well before the bait is where you think the fish might be. Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on July 12, 2010: Always wanted to go trout fishing in a mountain stream. I have made more than a few trips deep-sea fishing for bluefish, flounder, salmon and sea trout and have even caught a shark. These include stocked brook trout streams, streams that hold both wild brookies and wild browns, and creeks that are home to wild brook trout, alone. The Brown Trout is more tolerant of warm water temperatures and pollution than other species of trout. It's difficult to use fly rod here cause of the overhanging trees and close quarters streams. The polarization is necessary as it eliminates most of the glare from the water and makes it much easier to see down into the stream. Move quietly both on shore and in the water, and do not allow the hook and weight to hit the water anywhere near the fish: if you plop that weight and worm over his head, he's gone for the day. Curiously though, this technique seems to be the opposite in the northeast. If you throw your line in and it travels downstream 20 feet in 10 to 20 seconds, that water speed is about right. I use floating fly line on the reel, along with about a six-foot leader of usually 6# to 8# weight. I'm really looking forward to trout fishing over here in Central PA. Do try to get to a mountain stream, though. A large, dirty river cannot provide this, and even a mountain lake does not provide the peaceful feeling and sounds of water rushing downstream. I enjoy fishing as well. Have taken some big trout there. A favorite is kayak drifting (when river level is low). It is now time to get ready for hunting. I have had a great deal of luck using lures. I am fortunate enough to have all kinds of fishing near me (except salt water). South Holston Creek is a premier Tennessee trout destination because it is home to over 8,500 fish per mile. If it's too cold to go out early in the morning, wait for a while! Neither one is my idea of a quiet day communing with nature. The engagement can often be intense. There must be rapids in the stream to oxygenate it well, but there must also be small, quiet holes with rocks and logs for the trout to congregate in - they want hiding places as well as open water. It also thrives in larger lakes of sufficient depth to maintain cool water temperatures year round. The fly rod is great for casting or poking a worm into a tight spot that would be almost impossible with a spinning rod and reel. Try throwing a gold lure with a silver spinner—then hang on! Find the best trout fishing tips at Field & Stream. I have tried lures, salmon eggs and flies, but have had the most success with worms. Your hub brought back many great memories of my youth fishing with my Dad which I will always cherish. A good riffle will fulfill all of the basic needs of a trout. Wild trout of this size will give quite a fight and are a lot of fun to catch, but as much as anything I simply enjoy the peace and beauty of such a setting. I really enjoyed reading your article on worm fishing with a fly rod. Many lakes are stocked with Trout, and some even hold native populations. Small mountain streams just don't support large fish very well - they move downstream to larger rivers and lakes. I do mostly ocean living in California, when I have the time that is. The longer rod also gives more control in many situations of directing the bait around underwater obstacles. TROUT (BROOK, BROWN, RAINBOW) FISHING TIPS WHERE. Aside from putting up a great fight (even the little guys), they are probably the tastiest trout you’ll ever eat. The fish are usually a little smaller, and the long, limber fly pole has a different feel to it. Did that get your attention? The pole will mostly just bend as the line tries to move quickly through the water, so it may take more or less effort than you are used to. Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on December 18, 2010: I also am a trout fisherman(woman) we take our grandsons every year. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on July 13, 2010: As a fly fisherman you have the equipment; if you can find a suitable stream give my odd and unorthodox methodology a try. If my feet don't get rather numb, it's too warm. Enjoyed the great info. If you like trolling out of a small boat or kayak on lakes that don’t allow motors (my favorite lakes), try a frog patterned Flatfish and stick to low traffic areas. My favorite is the Crooked River upstream from Prineville. Edwin Brown from Oregon, USA on February 01, 2011: Really nice hub! Good article and great tips! Brown Trout can switch from life in a hatchery to that in a stream and easily adapt to a diet of natural food items. One of the biggest browns I ever caught was at Boca Reservoir near Truckee California while still fishing from shore using a worm. The shallow, highly oxygenated water is a perfect environment for the aquatic insects trout eat. I fish in Bennett springs, Missouri. Likewise, I've hooked a few by pulling the hook upstream in slower moving water, for perhaps the same reason. I simply take an oval sinker (just heavy enough to keep from drifting) and run it up the line about two feet. Boulders and rocks create plentiful hiding and resting spot… The Atlantic salmon has no … Optimum temperatures range from 53°F to 66°F, although they can tolerate temperatures … Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on October 30, 2011: I've fished a little in both the Atlantic and Pacific and enjoyed it immensely. I do remember sitting in a small stream in SW Oregon and playing with a crawdad swimming in a small pool while thinking I should get out the fishing pole. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on July 12, 2010: Thanks, Randy. I grew up on venison and elk, but haven't hunted in years and years. These fish have a dark green back, with spotted bands on their sides, and a belly that ranges from pink to scarlet. Great article thanks, I live right outside of Philadelphia and fish creeks and streams that are PA stocked water. I am not a biologist, but it seems reasonable that trout can smell (you are standing in their atmosphere, after all) and might detect your odor. Trout fishing, however, is fun, and it's usually done in beautiful surroundings! Fish With Slow Twitches – Mix up your retrieve and stripping pattern with alternating fast movements followed by varying duration pauses. I am in Idaho fishing the Big Wood, silver creek and trail creek. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on September 27, 2010: Thanks for the compliment. What advantage do you see with your setup? For good trout fishing, I go to central Oregon. While they prefer cold spring-fed rivers and streams, and lakes with cold water inlets, brown trout also can be more tolerant of warmer streams and lakes. Look for a Big Rock in the Middle of a Current. But I still plan to go sometime! I just made a trip to washington state a few weeks ago to fish for rainbows and cutthroats and it was a blast. When the fish bites—and only experience will tell you what is a bite, as opposed to a bump as the when the hook or its weight passes over a rock on the bottom—give a sharp tug upwards on the pole to set the hook. If you think you’re gonna catch one on corn or marshmallows, think again. I just made a trip to washington state a few weeks ago to fish for rainbows and cutthroats and it was a blast. I have occasionally found the best fishing in the middle of the day; it doesn't make much difference to me, as I am up and moving around the campsite before daylight and, if the fishing is poor, I'll return for breakfast and wait a while before going out later. Salmon, steelhead and trout runs in rivers create lots of eggs for resident trout to dine … WanderingFisher from The shore of Lake Erie on September 12, 2011: Excellent hub! Thanks for the comment; I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. I just find that long fly pole useful in controlling the bait, in putting it just where I want it. Looking at a creek, river, or stream and trying to find trout can be a big task in itself. I get a better idea of exactly where my bait is with the floating line. Thank you. A landscape of forested hills, picturesque farmlands and enchanting trout streams, the southeast is chock-full of flowing waters where you can stalk riffles and pools for brook, brown and rainbow trout. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on March 28, 2018: I don't know if it's true or not but it very well could be. It is a passion and a great way to spend time with friends and family. I've pulled a five-foot sturgeon from the Snake River in Idaho, and I've enjoyed it all immensely; but nothing can compare to wading a small mountain stream trying to hook a wild rainbow trout. Great hub. My son has just purchased a boat, however, so I suppose I'll have to learn to lake fish now. He’s been fishing the small streams of Iowa’s Driftless Region his whole life, and to call a trout outing a success by his standards, he needs to land a brown measuring 24 inches or better. I've had incredibly violent fights in a small hole only to return immediately and catch 3, 4 or 5 more out of the same hole. Brown trout can easily retreat into the depths for safety. Have you done much saltwater fishing? Fun Facts. Overhand casting is also possible when needed. Put a small split-shot to hold it from sliding toward the hook and put a number six hook on. The Brown Trout typically inhabits the lower reaches of cold-water streams, characterized by deep, slow-moving pools and runs. Each year the DEC stocks around 2.3 million catchable-size brook, brown and rainbow trout in almost 300 lakes, ponds and roughly 3,100 miles of streams … Not perfect; 4 or 5 feet of leader gives the bait lots of room to move around, but better than if I couldn't see the line at all. A longtime camper, Dan has experience with tents, pop-up trailers, camp trailers, and motorhomes. One or two, caught at daybreak, make a wonderful breakfast with some eggs to go with it. As noted, fish can smell—don't contaminate the water with odors of any kind. I have been fly fishing for many years but my 10 year old has just picked up the hobby and she loves to research everything online. We have newly revised trout fishing maps of classified trout waters in Wisconsin, sorted by county. Thanks! You must decide where a hidey hole is likely to be, without actually peering into that hole. Productive fall brown trout fishing locations during the spawning run include the mouths of tributaries, deep pools which offer a sense of security from winged predators and the prying eyes of human anglers, gravel-bottomed riffles and tail-outs that make superior sites for redd-building and, best of all, the holes at the bases of impassable waterfalls. lol. It's a different kind of fun, though, and I wouldn't trade it for my own little mountain stream. In subsequent trips over a few years' time, I probably caught 6-7 of the top 10 biggest trout I've caught in the park in this stream. Thanks for the article Dan. Strom, 44, has done this many times—his personal best measured 30 inches and weighed 14 pounds. Thanks for sharing. Anglers can choose from 2,989 trout streams stretching more than 13,175.82 miles, up from 2,677 streams and 9,562 miles in … Time of day can play a large part in whether you catch a trout or not. We get a few brookies around here, but mostly it's rainbow. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on March 04, 2011: Like you, I learned from my Dad, and those are memories I cherish. Sometimes they're stupid. Here is some footage of me using a crimp on weight along with trout magnets which I seem to have had a lot of success with last May once things warm up a tad and I feel the stocked trout are a little more acclimated and active: ... thanks again for your article and good luck this season Dan! I look for a stream shallow enough and narrow enough to wade across. Just can't get enough of it. The sinker will sit on the bottom and your inflated worm will float two feet from the bottom, keeping it out of the weeds and away from the crawfish. With a 10 foot pole it is quite easy to reach out 20 feet or more and by wading in the stream you can reach almost anywhere. Usually, but not always, the best time of day is just before the sun hits the water and just after it leaves in the evening. I always loved trout fishing. So the first thing you should do is think like a predator. A lighter leader might be nice and increase the "feel," but there are inevitably a lot of snags on the bottom of a moving stream that you can easily pull off of with a little heavier leader. We've got some dandy streams. Wish I could get more, but Idaho is a long ways from the ocean. Affiliate Disclosure: Evolve Media LLC, and its owned and operated websites may receive a small commission from the proceeds of any product(s) sold through affiliate and direct partner links. Browns can conceal themselves better and are less spooked. I like the fly tackle for the longer rod and floating fly line. Fishing for Stream Trout. I use a ten-foot fly rod with a normal fly reel. You should fish Utah, assuming you haven't already. 2.5 oz. Larger rivers can be wall to wall people, and lakes are full of other boaters and jet skiiers. Hey Dan, this article is very informative and just what I needed for a starter course on stream fishing. Stalking rising and cruising brown trout takes on a whole new level of fly fishing in trout streams, in particular, back waters. The brown trout also has dark spots on the dorsal and adipose fins and vague spots on the tail, though nothing like the prominent radiating spots on the tail of the rainbow trout. Species Name: Salmo trutta Common Names: German trout, Loch Leven trout State Record: 22 lbs. I've enjoyed all of it, but my favorite remains a peaceful, lonely mountain stream looking for trout. Holle Abee from Georgia on October 27, 2011: I don't really like any fatty fish. Browns prefer warmer water in the spring and area also likely to be near the shore when the wind blows out of the east. This direction is not always obvious, because moving, swirling water can carry the hook in unexpected directions, but you will usually be able to get the line off without much trouble. It makes for a shaky day, always looking over my shoulder and I usually find some excuse to go back to camp and collect it. If it's raining cats and dogs, sit it out for an hour! Polarized sunglasses are a must, and make sure they are polarized. I have never considered nightcrawlers and short casts with a fly rod. I grew up fishing for native brookies and brown trout in small New England streams and rivers mainly in CT. Like you said the peace and serentiy of the remote streams was as much enjoyable as pulling a few native brookies from the stream. If you’re fishing rivers or streams, be aggressive and sporadic in your retrieval but make sure to use cover. These lakes offer an amazing Trout angling opportunity that can rival productive rivers and streams, as their forage and climate often produce larger and more abundant populations. Because their eyes are located on the sides of their heads, trout enjoy an ultra-wide … I doubt I'll ever go back to hunting, but I surely enjoy my trout fishing. The water is 55 degrees in the summer. I love eating fish. Brown and rainbow trout predominate below the falls, but there are some brook trout … While Southern California generally has warmer temperatures and waters than most trout destinations, both rainbow trout and brown trout are often stocked in larger, deeper impoundments and reservoirs.. Keep these two tips in mind when fishing Southern California for trout: I have a friend that fly fishes in the winter. At the same time you don't want too much weight, because if the hook doesn't move at least somewhat with the currents, it will not look natural and will probably not be taken. The fishing for trout around me in the northeast is equally fun on small streams however we mostly have brook and brown trout rather than rainbows. Much like how you describe in your article. Although I've heard stories of Crooked River fishing and always wanted to go there, I never have. If you want to try fishing for trout, you can easily catch them in rivers or streams. I’ve also had better luck near shelves that drop off sharply. Never allow your shadow to come anywhere near your suspected hidey hole. That doesn't mean to whip the pole back over your shoulder in an effort to disembowel Mr. Trout, just a sharp tug. You're right - I'm not sure I would care to wade around much, especially further south. Guess I just want both! The fishing for trout around me in the northeast is equally fun on small streams however we mostly have brook and brown trout rather than rainbows. At the same time, I have caught many nice trout by slowly raising the bait to the surface; I suspect that they think it's "getting away" and it's taken before it can escape. test Hook Size -- 6-14 Lure Size -- 1/32 to 1/8 oz. They taste so darn good though, most folks will take the chance, especially considering how challenging they are to catch. It's worth the trip. I also fished lakes, ponds, farm ponds, and salt water. If you’re tossing an arsenal of lures lakeside, make sure the wind is blowing in your face. Even sturgeon. A good supply of the small crimp-on weights in various sizes is necessary as well. However, it’s important to adapt the size and style of your jig depending on the type of water you are fishing in. Browns typically cruise the shallows looking for food but they are easily spooked. In the meantime enjoy your new trout-fishing techniques in a small mountain river or stream and may you limit out each time you go! They are very helpful. Serve Eggs. Jeremy Richmond from Hubbard on August 30, 2019: I've noticed both natural and stocked trout in my area seem to prefer minnows to other live bait offerings but fish using much the same presentation.