WOW! Number one on the list is, of course, a valid fishing license. I like spinning gear. Thanks for the article Dan. If you’re fishing rivers or streams, be aggressive and sporadic in your retrieval but make sure to use cover. 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. 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. Some of my bug-tying friends make fun of my worms and me, but they seldom catch more than I do and they seem to spend half their time playing with a new fly to put on. Brown trout generally move up streams to spawn, and the best concentrations will be in the upper ends of river systems or just downstream of dams that block the fish’s upstream travel. If you throw your line in and it travels downstream 20 feet in 10 to 20 seconds, that water speed is about right. It's a different kind of fun, though, and I wouldn't trade it for my own little mountain stream. I like to use the crimp on weights as you suggested although I don't break out my fly rod as much as I would like. And yes, "Tight lines to all". Lures and spinners that work well on rivers and streams include the Panther Martin (my favorite is the black with yellow dots, size 4), Blue Fox and Kastmaster. How to fish for brown trout, brook trout, cutthroat trout, and trophy rainbow trout. Description. If you’re fishing rivers or streams, be aggressive and sporadic in your retrieval but make sure to use cover. Curiously though, this technique seems to be the opposite in the northeast. Trout fishing techniques for rivers and streams are mostly a matter of common sense and learning to think like the fish. The engagement can often be intense. Alongside large rocks, or downstream from rocks and logs, are good places; the water is usually quieter and the area not easy to see. Larger rivers can be wall to wall people, and lakes are full of other boaters and jet skiiers. Setting the hook in stream fishing is a little different than in lake fishing. Species Name: Salmo trutta Common Names: German trout, Loch Leven trout State Record: 22 lbs. Wish I could get more, but Idaho is a long ways from the ocean. I'm really looking forward to trout fishing over here in Central PA. WHEN. Or not! CYBERSUPE from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A. on July 13, 2010: As a fly fisherman mayself and an avid trout fishing dude, your Hub is Excellent and most Informative. You gotta admit it, trout fishing gets into your soul. I love eating fish. 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 wouldn't dare to show up fishing anywhere without the proper license.... Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on October 27, 2011: Those surroundings are half the reason I'm there; as you can see from the hub I seldom find monsters in the areas I fish in. Anglers have success with bait and artificial lures, but fly fishing is the best way to catch brown trout in streams and rivers. Can you use regular fishing poles in creeks and rivers? Great hub! Brown Trout can switch from life in a hatchery to that in a stream and easily adapt to a diet of natural food items. So the first thing you should do is think like a predator. Even sturgeon. Allow the bait to float past the fish you hope to find at home, without guiding it any more than necessary. We get a few brookies around here, but mostly it's rainbow. It was all small mountain stream. Look for a Big Rock in the Middle of a Current. 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 … If it's too cold to go out early in the morning, wait for a while! Brown trout are some of the most popular trout to fish for. 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. Let the rest hang and inflate the worm (worm blowers are cheap and can be found wherever you find worms). Water temperature needs to be cool to cold; trout thrive with high-quality water in the mid-50-degree range. Mae Williams from USA on December 06, 2011: I was surprised to find you like fishing. © Kcmatt | – Brown Trout fish. Rivers and streams of the size I have described do not produce two-foot trout, but fortunately I am quite content fishing for trout in the 12" to 18" range. I haven't done much saltwater; some for bluefish in the Chesapeake Bay and a little for salmon off the Oregon coast but that's about it. 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. Tips for Trout Fishing Southern California. Yes, he earns bragging rights for stupidity, and may even catch fish, but it isn't fun in my book. I simply take an oval sinker (just heavy enough to keep from drifting) and run it up the line about two feet. I have tried lures, salmon eggs and flies, but have had the most success with worms. In fact, we went down 2 weeks ago! 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. 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. Browns typically cruise the shallows looking for food but they are easily spooked. We have bass and other warmer water fish in the lakes, along with some trout, but I much prefer a quiet mountain stream. Thanks for sharing. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on February 01, 2011: I grew up in the northeast corner of Oregon; that's where I learned to trout fish. I have never considered nightcrawlers and short casts with a fly rod. There must be good access to the river, with frequent open areas in the underbrush where I can actually enter the water. Thread the worm through the clitellum (the thick ring) just enough to cover the hook. 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. 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. If it's raining cats and dogs, sit it out for an hour! 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. Not even taking a header into the river can ruin a fisherman's day like not having a license when the game warden shows up. A word on weights. Tight lines to all. I carry a variety of small crimp-on weights, and change weights frequently according to the speed of the water I am fishing in. I live next door to you, in Oregon, but on the western side of the state. 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. 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. Plenty of info on hub. If my feet don't get rather numb, it's too warm. Cool hub. test Hook Size -- 6-14 Lure Size -- 1/32 to 1/8 oz. They do have trout here and I did manage to snag one out of what seems to be beginner's luck, attempts to get the same results today failed and I see why after I read this article. TROUT (BROOK, BROWN, RAINBOW) FISHING TIPS WHERE. South Holston Creek is a premier Tennessee trout destination because it is home to over 8,500 fish per mile. Do try to get to a mountain stream, though. If you’re tossing an arsenal of lures lakeside, make sure the wind is blowing in your face. Jigs can be an effective way to fish for trout in rivers, streams, ponds and lakes. Many lakes are stocked with Trout, and some even hold native populations. We have newly revised trout fishing maps of classified trout waters in Wisconsin, sorted by county. Unfortunately as good as they are on the stove, they also contain a high level of mercury. Living in Dallas now I fish mainly lakes for crappie and various bass and make the occassional trip to the gulf to fly fish for red fish. Lastly, have fun and enjoy yourself. I eat trout sometimes, but I much prefer grouper, flounder, seatrout, redfish, cod, and sharks. 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. He has also done repairs on all of these. Likewise, I've hooked a few by pulling the hook upstream in slower moving water, for perhaps the same reason. Bait -- Minnows, worms, salmon eggs, corn, cheese, prepared baits fished on light wire hook drifted on the bottom Lures -- Spinners and small crankbaits Line -- 2-8 lb. Put a small split-shot to hold it from sliding toward the hook and put a number six hook on. They also live in much of the northeastern and Northwestern United States as well. I love the beauty and solitude, though. I spent some 22 years living in Virginia and fished extensively for bass, bluegill, perch and other warm-water fish. If you’re accustomed to brook trout vs. brown trout for example, think about taking it up a few notches – trophy trout have to eat much more to sustain their body weight.