How to Fish for Stocked Trout

by Robin Reichert

Stocked trout are usually raised in a farm pond and fed on a regular basis. They are not accustomed to eating their natural foods. Stocked trout that are released into ponds and streams generally will not respond to lures, such as spinners and flies. Stocked trout may not be as aggressive as wild trout so a gentle approach to casting may be in order. Stocked trout do not have the same hunting instincts as wild trout and will not chase bait. The best approach is to bait your hook and wait for the hungry trout to come to your line.

Items you will need

  • Variety of bait
  • Several fishing poles
  • Size 8 and size 10 hooks
  • Sinkers
Step 1

Contact your local state department of natural resources or fish and wildlife department for stocking dates. Choose a lake, pond or river. Wait 24 hours after fish are released into natural waters so that they are hungry when you start fishing.

Step 2

Place a sinker on your line about eight inches above the hook to suspend the bait just below the surface of the water. Bait your hook with grain, such as corn, or a commercial bait, such as worms and salmon eggs, for stocked trout. Allow the bait to remain suspended in the water and wait for the stocked trout to come to the bait.

Step 3

Cast a line against the current if fishing for stocked trout in a river or stream. Slowly reel your line in past the place where the trout are congregated. Bring your line in slowly back upstream to avoid startling the fish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bring several fishing poles and use a different type of bait on each pole. Fish with the bait that attracts the most trout.
  • Try bait that resembles the food that the trout were fed in the farm pond. Commercial baits are available that mimic the food that farm-raised trout are fed.
  • Use any bait that the fish will take, such as dog food, liver or even marshallows.
  • Always use extreme caution when handling sharp fish hooks.
  • Use only bait that is approved by your state's department of natural resources or fish and wildlife department.

About the Author

Robin Reichert is a certified nutrition consultant, certified personal trainer and professional writer. She has been studying health and fitness issues for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health from Clayton College.

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