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what is your favorite live bait for trout (i.e. waxworms, butterworms, nightcrawlers)?

Question by tygardner. Uploaded on February 26, 2009

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from koeka wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

large meal worms on a size 24 hook

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from pumakitchen wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I've had most of my luck with nightcrawlers and crickets or grasshoppers. Grasshoppers work well with a clear bubble, because they can be dragged across the top of the water.

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

nightcrawlers and grasshoppers

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from VT Outdoorsman wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Night-crawlers, i usually cut them into a bunch of pieces, depending on how big they are. Sometimes we dig our own worms at my buddys house and those are pretty small usually so we use the whole worm. Ive also had good luck with the little powerbait balls in a couple different colors.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Crickets!

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Get a clean hypodermic needle from a diebetic friend. Hook a nice fat 'Crawler on a rig with a 12" leader with a sliding sinker above it. insert the needle into the worm and inject some air. Don't worry the worm won't die. When you thow this out the worm will float above the moss & mud on the bottom and wiggle thus becoming much easier for a Trout to see. I watched an old guy hauling them in one day at a local lake while others caught nothing and this is what he was doing. I did it and caught a 6 pounder. Give me a few and I will post the pic. Just click my name and then click on my pics.

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from ETangler wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

crickets on a number 10 hook, but I prefer a fly to anything.

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from Chris Carpenter wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

crickets and craw tails

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from bomberpride wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Night crawlers

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from bear hunter wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

worms or small minnows

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from koeka wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

trout streams, live meal worms size 24 hook, outfish anything else in the water......

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from tourneyking734 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

hellgramites kill trout up north, but they will bite you if they get half a chance

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from codymeyer11 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

i dont usually fish trout with bait. But i can tell you my favorite bait (not live bait though) is canned corn, it sends out a scent and is visible for the fish to see at a greater distance

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from Milhouse24 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

if im using live bait waxworms but i usually use canned corn cuz i fish wit cody all the time... its alot better it lets off the most smell nd its easy to c in the water

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from littledeer wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

ummm..... great lake shiner minnows with a salmon egg at the top of the hook.

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from 2Poppa wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Night Crawlers and Minnows

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from Skeeb wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Wax worms and red worms.

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from hothar wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Currently, when stream fishing bait, I use nightcrawlers, most often on a circle hook and unweighted on 2# line. If the current is strong, I'll add small nymph weights.

One day, when nothing (lures, worms, and eggs) was working for me and locals were catching fish left and right, I asked them what they were using. They told me grasshoppers! I grabbed one from some tall grass, threaded it on and hooked a nice rainbow on my first cast!! This repeated -- sometimes taking two or three casts -- until I soon had my limit!! I've used live grasshoppers several more times when a lot of them were flying around and having little or no luck with anything else with the same results. They seemed so good, I've bought several grasshopper lures that can be cast with ultralight, but haven't had the same success as with the live ones.

Had a similar experience with hellgramites on a lake. Wasn't catching anything while a group of guys were having a ball. Asked them what they were using and they rolled a floating log over and pulled several of the nasty critters off and showed me. I subsequently did that, put it on my hook, and like with the grasshoppers had a trout on, on my first cast!! Didn't take long after that to limit that morning either.

Canned corn must be great bait. I don't know if it still is, but it used to be banned as a bait in CO. I once watched an old lady fishing a warmwater lake and having a lot more success than the other fishers. She was tossing canned corn out as chum, baiting her hook with several kernals and hauling 'em in!!

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from mikeinpa66 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

home made dough bait. start with trout pellets then use your imagination

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Night Crawlers!!!

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from zackm wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Minnows, maggots, and waxworms have all produced well for me and friends, even when nobody else could catch the fish.

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from Skeeb wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Wax worms and red worms.

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from koeka wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

large meal worms on a size 24 hook

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from pumakitchen wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I've had most of my luck with nightcrawlers and crickets or grasshoppers. Grasshoppers work well with a clear bubble, because they can be dragged across the top of the water.

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

nightcrawlers and grasshoppers

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from VT Outdoorsman wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Night-crawlers, i usually cut them into a bunch of pieces, depending on how big they are. Sometimes we dig our own worms at my buddys house and those are pretty small usually so we use the whole worm. Ive also had good luck with the little powerbait balls in a couple different colors.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Crickets!

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Get a clean hypodermic needle from a diebetic friend. Hook a nice fat 'Crawler on a rig with a 12" leader with a sliding sinker above it. insert the needle into the worm and inject some air. Don't worry the worm won't die. When you thow this out the worm will float above the moss & mud on the bottom and wiggle thus becoming much easier for a Trout to see. I watched an old guy hauling them in one day at a local lake while others caught nothing and this is what he was doing. I did it and caught a 6 pounder. Give me a few and I will post the pic. Just click my name and then click on my pics.

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from ETangler wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

crickets on a number 10 hook, but I prefer a fly to anything.

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from Chris Carpenter wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

crickets and craw tails

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from bomberpride wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Night crawlers

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from bear hunter wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

worms or small minnows

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from koeka wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

trout streams, live meal worms size 24 hook, outfish anything else in the water......

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from tourneyking734 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

hellgramites kill trout up north, but they will bite you if they get half a chance

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from codymeyer11 wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

i dont usually fish trout with bait. But i can tell you my favorite bait (not live bait though) is canned corn, it sends out a scent and is visible for the fish to see at a greater distance

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from Milhouse24 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

if im using live bait waxworms but i usually use canned corn cuz i fish wit cody all the time... its alot better it lets off the most smell nd its easy to c in the water

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from littledeer wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

ummm..... great lake shiner minnows with a salmon egg at the top of the hook.

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from 2Poppa wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

Night Crawlers and Minnows

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from hothar wrote 4 years 42 weeks ago

Currently, when stream fishing bait, I use nightcrawlers, most often on a circle hook and unweighted on 2# line. If the current is strong, I'll add small nymph weights.

One day, when nothing (lures, worms, and eggs) was working for me and locals were catching fish left and right, I asked them what they were using. They told me grasshoppers! I grabbed one from some tall grass, threaded it on and hooked a nice rainbow on my first cast!! This repeated -- sometimes taking two or three casts -- until I soon had my limit!! I've used live grasshoppers several more times when a lot of them were flying around and having little or no luck with anything else with the same results. They seemed so good, I've bought several grasshopper lures that can be cast with ultralight, but haven't had the same success as with the live ones.

Had a similar experience with hellgramites on a lake. Wasn't catching anything while a group of guys were having a ball. Asked them what they were using and they rolled a floating log over and pulled several of the nasty critters off and showed me. I subsequently did that, put it on my hook, and like with the grasshoppers had a trout on, on my first cast!! Didn't take long after that to limit that morning either.

Canned corn must be great bait. I don't know if it still is, but it used to be banned as a bait in CO. I once watched an old lady fishing a warmwater lake and having a lot more success than the other fishers. She was tossing canned corn out as chum, baiting her hook with several kernals and hauling 'em in!!

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from mikeinpa66 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

home made dough bait. start with trout pellets then use your imagination

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 1 week ago

Night Crawlers!!!

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from zackm wrote 3 years 5 weeks ago

Minnows, maggots, and waxworms have all produced well for me and friends, even when nobody else could catch the fish.

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