November 26, 2022

Lake Trout Fishing Flies, Lures and Bait

If you are going lake trout fishing, it is important to understand more about the types of flies, lures and baits that are available to you and how …

If you are going lake trout fishing, it is important to understand more about the types of flies, lures and baits that are available to you and how and when to use each type.

***Note*** Know your zones. There are certain areas that allow trout fishing during season but that have certain rules and restrictions in that particular zone. Some zones have restrictions on flies, lures and bait so be sure you become familiar with the rules of that place you are going fishing.

Flies, lures and baits are often classified as you see below:

Class A: Natural and scented baits. This includes natural fish food such as bait fish, crayfish, frogs permitted as bait, grubs, insects, larvae, worms, salmon eggs, cheese, corn and other food substances. Class A is anything that is not designed to injure or kill the fish. Class A does not include fishing flies or artificial lures. It does include dough bait, putty or paste-type bait, any substance designed to attract fish by taste or smell and any fly, lure or bait containing or used with such substances.

Class B: Soft plastic unscented bait. This includes synthetic eggs, synthetic worms, synthetic grubs and soft plastic lures.
Class C: Artificial Lures. This includes lures constructed of any material excluding soft plastic bait and natural and scented bait defined in (A) or (B) above.
Class D: Fly. This is an artificial lure made from a single-point hook, using any material except soft plastic bait and natural and scented bait as defined above, that is tied, glued or otherwise permanently attached.
When zone restrictions are present, they will usually be listed by referencing to type A, B, C, and D. Be sure you look into any and all possible restrictions before you begin fishing in an area.
When it comes to choosing a type of lake trout fishing fly, lure or bait, you need to remember that trout tend to be very finicky and unpredictable. Because of this, you may want to bring several different types of each choice with you so that if you are unsuccessful with one, you can try another. You can always try to ask other fishermen in the area what they are using but there is no guarantee that it will work for you or even that they will tell you.
Trial and error in a particular area of trout lake fishing usually works well. When you are not seeing results from one type of bait after some time, then simply try another and see if the trout enjoy it.