How to Fish for Trout With Berkley Gulp Minnows

by Zach Lazzari
Jig the minnow off a dock for summer trout fishing.

Jig the minnow off a dock for summer trout fishing.

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Berkley Gulp Minnows are effective for trout fishing. The soft minnows are easy to rig and available in several small sizes that are useful for trout fishing. The Gulp Minnow is available in a variety of colors, and the choice is largely dependent on preference. Trout do feed on minnows in some areas, and your color choice could reflect the area's natural minnow or baitfish, when applicable. Fishing for trout with a Gulp Minnow works well in lakes and rivers because of its flexible motion and the scent attached to the minnow. The scent attracts single fish from river bottoms and schools of fish in lake environments.

Items you will need

  • Clip swivel
  • Leader with bait hook
  • Split shot
  • Bobber
  • 1/16 oz. jig hook

Float Fishing

Step 1

Tie the end of the line to the round end of a clip swivel. Pinch the clip to open the swivel, and hook a leader with a size 4 bait hook to the clip. Pinch the clip to lock the leader in place.

Step 2

Pinch two pieces of split shot weight immediately above the swivel. Push the button on a bobber to expose the clip, and hook the clip on the line above the swivel. Slide the bobber 2 feet above the swivel.

Step 3

Hook the Gulp Minnow through the bottom of the head. Cast the rig into the water, and let it settle. Watch the bobber for movement to indicate a strike.

Step 4

Begin retrieving the bobber as slowly as possible after 1 minute. The 1 minute allows the scent to spread through the water and attract trout. Continue retrieving the minnow until you have reeled all of the line.

Step 5

Repeat the process from different points on the shore until you catch a trout.

Jig Fishing

Step 1

Hook a 1/16 oz. jig under the belly of the minnow. Position the weighted jig head immediately in front of the minnow head.

Step 2

Cast the jig as far as possible, and allow it to sink until you feel bottom. Quickly jerk the rod in an upward motion, and reel the slack line as you lower the rod tip.

Step 3

Repeat the process until the jig is completely retrieved. The bouncing motion creates a realistic swimming motion, covers several depth levels and spreads scent to attract trout.

Tips & Warnings

  • Carry a full pack of the Berkley Gulp Minnows. The material is soft, and minnows will tear off the hook after several fish are caught.

Photo Credits

  • Noel Hendrickson/Photodisc/Getty Images