How to Fish for Trout Using PowerBait

by Elizabeth Sobiski
Otters like trout, too.

Otters like trout, too.

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Fishing can be a rewarding or frustrating experience, depending on whether or not you manage to catch fish to bring home. Stack the deck a bit in your favor by using PowerBait to catch trout the next time you go out bank fishing at a local lake. PowerBait is a brand of synthetic fishing bait that comes in a wide variety of colors in little jars. Trout in lakes seem to like PowerBait more than fish in rivers or streams, so give it a try at a lake, first.

Items you will need

  • Fishing rod and reel
  • Line, 6 lb. test or less
  • Hooks, size 8 or 10
  • Egg weights, 1/4 to 1/2 oz.
  • Net
  • Creel
Step 1

String the fishing rod and reel with the line, according to manufacturer's directions. Attach a weight, leave some line, then tie on a hook.

Step 2

Load up your hook with the PowerBait. Make sure it completely covers the hook. Fish have good eyesight, and the likelihood that they will go after your bait if they can see the hook or fishing line is greatly reduced. Since PowerBait is synthetic, it is designed to float gently above the bottom of the lake, which is what you want it to do.

Step 3

Cast your line out into the lake. Slowly reel in the slack until the line is tight. Now you get to wait. You can prop your pole against something, or you can hold it. Either way, you will know when you have a fish on the line when the tip of the pole begins to bounce a little.

Step 4

Give the line a tug to set the hook, when you feel a bite, then reel in the fish. Scoop up with a net, if necessary. Remove the fish from the hook and place it in the creel. Reload the hook and keep fishing until you have your limit.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the day is windy, you may need a heavier weight.
  • Line heavier than 6 lb. test can be seen by fish. They will probably ignore your bait.
  • Always have pliers on hand to help remove hooks. It is not fun to get a hook caught in your hand.

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