Best Rainbow Trout Lures

When choosing a lure, make sure to pick the one that closely resembles the food source preferred by rainbow trout. Some of the popular lures include jigs, spoons, and spinners.


Spoons are a highly effective lure rainbow trout and with so many different colors and types of spoons, you’ll never run out of choices. A spoon’s ability to catch a trout is based on how it reflects and flashes in the sunlight. When fishing with spoons, you need to be focused on the speed, casting distance, and lure depth. They’re easy to use since you just need to cast and reel with an occasional twitch to add life-like movement.

The best way to cast a spoon is to use a standard reel spooled with a braided line. You should vary your speed along with the spoon’s action to maximize its effectiveness. You can also use a spoon while trolling at slower speeds. To keep the spoon beneath the surface, tie a cigar sinker or similar weight in front of the leader.



You can catch bigger trout with jigs because they have a heavy head that sinks fast in the water column. 

Jigs work best in deep water, but you can still use them in shallow areas if you know how to do it properly.

A jig has a hook attached at right angles to the head of the lure, which can come in different colors and sizes. They are typically used with heavy rods since they have thick hooks that can easily hook into a fish’s mouth. When fishing with jigs, you need to cast upstream so your lure falls down through deep pools. 

The best way to use a jig is to cast and let it sink close to or into your targeted areas then twitch and shake until it gets their attention. Once you notice that the lure has been nibbled, give them time and wait until they bite before setting the hook. When using a jig, you need to be aware of weather conditions since rain and waves can change their action as well as currents in rivers or freshwater bodies.


Spinners have a metal blade attached to the head of the lure, which spins while traveling through the water. These baits work well in slow-moving waters or even rivers where there’s plenty of debris or vegetation around. These baits are best used with lighter lines because they won’t get caught up in weeds and snags quickly.

You can use spinners effectively in different types of streams. To start, begin by reeling the spinner to produce motion and activity in the water. While doing this you’ll notice a vibration in your rod handle while also seeing it in the tip of the line once the blade begins to rotate. If you feel constant ticks from the spinner blade, reel at a faster rate since it is too close to the bottom. 

When using spinners, be observant of currents around you and the water’s depth. Also, pay attention to what lies beneath since spinner blades can easily get caught up on rocks or branches. To avoid this from happening, you should try using a different color as well as a larger-sized spinner blade for better visibility in murky waters. 

When using any of the lures above, be sure that they aren’t running at a constant speed or in a straight line. Every few seconds, twitch the rod tip, speed up, and then slow down the lure for a few seconds. The more variety you add to your lure’s action, the higher your chances of catching a rainbow trout. Also, if you are just starting out and aren’t sure what lure suits you best, then try spoons.

Still wondering what to catch rainbow trout with? Check out our article.

For specific lures, check out this website.

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