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What’s the Best Bait to Use for Rainbow Trout?

Now that spring is here and summer is just around the corner, you’re probably itching to get out to a lake, stream, river or anywhere else where you can go fishing! Nothing beats the relaxation and calm of being out on the water, either alone or with a few friends or family members—and it’s even better when the fish are biting and you can take your catch home.

One great idea for fishing enthusiasts is to embark on Alaskan fishing trips. We have some of the best rainbow trout fishing in the country. Read on to find out more about what kind of bait is best for catching this kind of fish.

Get the most common trout food

Rainbow trout are only interested in what they usually eat, so you have to take into account the particular conditions of the trout you’re fishing. If they usually feast on minnows, then you’ll want your bait to reflect that.

Trout are predators

Trout also may not eat minnows, so you need to find out about the location you’re heading to and what they eat. Trout are predatory fish, so they could also eat bugs, nightcrawlers or small fish. This means that you’ll likely have the most success using live bait when possible.

Live bait is a better choice because the unpredictable movements small fish and bugs make will attract predators like rainbow trout. They want the thrill of the chase, and they’re attracted to the movement.

Don’t forget color and odor

Along with moving bait, trout also prefer a lot of color. They’re influenced and attracted by flashy colors, as well as by odors. These smells may be hormones that the prey give off. Here again is another reason you may want to consider using live bait when fishing for rainbow trout.

Planning your next fishing excursion

Are you interested in booking an Alaskan fishing trip today? We know that you and your group will have a blast—between the serenity of the Alaskan wilderness and the thrill of experiencing the untapped environment of the remote North, an Alaskan fishing trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many people, and it’s one experience that you won’t soon forget!

That’s why, at Phantom Tri-River Charters, we’ve assembled a team that’s here to help you cultivate a lasting memory of your time on the water with unique and one-of-a-kind fishing expeditions in Alaska. We fish for a variety of salmon types, along with rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic grayling and more. And if you need help with getting equipped, we’ll provide all of the freshwater gear you need to get your line baited and in the water, making it easy to enjoy your trip while reaping the benefits of a bountiful habitat.

Come find out why people from across the country are choosing Phantom Tri-River Charters as their go-to for exciting fishing expeditions. Reach out to us today to learn more about your premier service for Alaskan fishing trips—we look forward to welcoming you!