Best Techniques

Sight Fishing

You can often sight fish for trout in the shallows.  Redfish are more popular for sight fishing on the flats, but you will often find trout in the same areas feeding on the same baits.  You may not always see them tailing like you would see a redfish, but in clear water, you can definitely move through the shallows and find trout that you can cast too.

Fly Fishing

Many anglers will fly fish for sea trout.  Because these fish are aggressive feeders, it’s a great fish to get some practice with on the fly fishing gear.  Trout will usually cooperate when trying to get them to eat a fly.  You just have to find the fish and present it to them.

Still Fishing

This is an easy way to fish for them.  Cast out your baits and just wait for the bite.  With trout schooling up in such big numbers, if you find a school of them, you can easily just cast your bait out, sit and wait.  You won’t be waiting that long either when the bite is going strong.


Drifting works well, especially when trout are in the channels or around bridges in some deeper water.  Get 4 to 5 feet of water at least and drift over a good spot and you’ll catch some fish.  If you’re drifting in shallow water, keep your lines farther back from the boat.  If you’re drifting in deeper water, stay vertical with your lines and you’ll get plenty of bites.


When the trout are deeper, jigging can work really well.  Sit in one spot, drift along or slow troll and keep your lines vertical.  With a slight jigging motion, you should be able to catch some trout with live baits, dead baits and artificials.


Trolling can be effective, although, it’s probably the least popular way to fish for them.  Trout will eat plenty of different hard baits, so you can troll with crankbaits or swimbaits and catch some fish for sure.  Slow it down with the trolling motor and you can troll with some live bait rigs and that will work too.