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Catching Stocked Trout, Fishing for planted trout in streams and how to fish for stocked trout with the best bait for stocked trout


Catching stocked trout is much different than catching wild trout.  Knowing how to catch planted trout and the best bait for catching stocked trout are handy things to know, given that the majority of streams in some areas are stocked with planted trout and catching stocked trout is a great way to spend a day with friends and family. The best places to catch stocked trout might be right at your doorstep and you have a great trout angling opportunity awaiting you and your kids or grand kids.  My friends and I have an annual tradition of meeting at a nearby creek on opening day of trout season every year and fishing for stocked trout and having a great lunch of trout wrapped in tin foil with butter, garlic, and corn on the cob!  The best tackle for catching planted trout is inexpensive and, unlike fishing for wild trout, which there is a great article on here in this blog site, you can fish at any time of day and even kids can have a great trout fishing experience.  Fishing for planted trout is fun for all ages, and a great way for beginners to learn to fish.  So here is how to catch stocked trout in creeks and streams so you can have a successful trout angling trip!
Catching stocked trout is easy and requires minimal equipment.  It is best to use a lightweight fishing pole when fishing for planted trout, along with light line.  I like to use 4 to 6 pound test.  The best bait for catching stocked trout is usually salmon eggs or by using power bait.  Only use Pautzkie red salmon eggs even though the others are cheaper.  Don’t ask me why, but you will catch ten times more planter trout on Pautzkies than any other salmon egg bait than any other type.  Do not make that mistake!  As far as power bait, I like to use either the lime green with sparkles or the rainbow color with sparkles.  I use a little larger hook for catching planted trout than many fishermen.  I will use a sized 6 hook where many folks use a very little hook.  Planted trout are usually pretty good sized and using a slightly larger hook makes it easier to hook them as well as allows you to use more bait making it easier to cast.  

When fishing for stocked trout in a stream, I usually don’t use split shot or any weight so my drift is natural.  Even though these are planted trout, by nature they like to see their food presented somewhat naturally.  There is a great article here in Capt. Garry’s Fishing Blog that explains how important bait presentation is and all about the “drift” in  the trout fishing section which is a must read for the trout fisherman, so I won’t elaborate on it here in this stocked trout fishing article.  The light fishing line allows my bait to be all the weight I need to cast most of the time.  Once in a while, if the creek that I am fishing is large or swift, I might add a small split shot.

The best place for catching stocked trout is usually very close or right at where the trout are planted.  When planted trout are stocked into a creek, they usually remain very near that very area that they are put in the creek or in a pool or area where the water is flowing somewhat slower.  I have heard that stocked trout are given a drug to relax them for transport and to keep them from shocking, but I have never verified this.  These planter trout like to hang in a school so when you do catch one, stay in that area until you have fished it thoroughly and then move on.  Much of the time, you will have your limit before you move!

When fishing for planted trout a few days after they have been planted, they will separate and scatter more throughout the stream.  However, they seldom travel very far and you will catch many more fish if you stay within a hundred yards of the planting area than if you hike the stream a long distance as you would when fishing for wild trout.  If you are fishing for planted trout weeks after the first planting, then these more distant places might be good as the trout have become comfortable and are feeding more naturally and have moved away from where all the people and activity is.  If the trout have been fished out from the most recent planting, hiking upstream or downstream might be your best bet along with a great relaxing experience whether you catch many or not.

The best lures for catching planted trout is the same as catching wild trout.  I use a Panther Martin lure only.  There is also an article here in these fishing blogs on the best lures for catching trout you might enjoy reading.  I use only the black with yellow dots and gold spinner or the black with red dots and gold spinner.  Some folks prefer a Castmaster or Mepps, but trust me on this, use what I recommend!

If you are fishing for stocked trout with kids or folks that don’t get around too good, find a slower deeper hole in the creek that is easily accessible an close to where the trout were planted in the creek.  Put a heavier split shot or two on and cast it out and let it sit like you would if you were catfishing.  Sometimes, this is a great way to catch planted trout for everyone as they are concentrated there.  I have limited out many times fishing this way when they weren’t biting anywhere else!  It’s great when you can trout fish in a stream while sitting in a lawn chair drinking a beer!  Another great benefit of catching planted trout is that they feed all day and even better later after the sun is on the water than first thing in the morning like wild trout, as this is when they are accustomed to being fed at the hatchery.  No need to get up at the butt crack of dawn to have a good trout fishing trip!  Bluegill and perch fishing is  the same way and great for the lazy fisherman and for kids.

Later in the year or after most the planted fish have moved on and become more wild, you can fish for them the same way as fishing for wild trout.  Fishing this way is a lot of fun and much more challenging and I truly love it.  Read the killer fishing article I have here in my blog on fishing for wild trout and you will see why and also how to catch planted trout after they have gotten a little wild.  That way, you will know how to catch stocked trout anytime and be the old pro of the campground!

No matter what kind of fishing you like, there is probably a great article in this blog about it and this includes everthing from steelhead fishing, crappie fishing, and frog gigging to abalone diving and clam digging and a whole lot more!  Share your tips and stories in our fishing forums or better yet, write your very own fishing blog on our site which is Free and easy!  We would love to have your fishing knowledge shared on our site and your comments are welcome here.


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