Basics


Rainbow Trout


Habitat

Rainbow trout like cool water, but they are found in many different types of lakes, rivers, streams and ponds.  Rainbow trout are very popular throughout the country and many states do spring and fall stockings of these fish as a catch and keep fish because once the waters warm up in the summer, the remaining fish will die.  They prefer cold water and they really shouldn’t be found in so many different places, but due to the stockings, you can find rainbow trout all over the country in so many different places.


Fishing Rigs

There are a variety of rigs you can use for targeting rainbows.  Depending on how you are fishing for them will dictate what rigs are best.  Take a look at our fishing rigs for rainbow trout section to learn more.


Live & Natural Baits

There are so many live and natural baits that you can use for rainbow trout.  Take a look at our live & natural baits for rainbow trout section to learn more about what to use and how to use it to catch more .


Rod & Reel Recommendations

With rainbow trout, you can use many different types of rods and reels and the weight of them will depend on how you are fishing for them.  You will have entirely different gear based on whether you are using spinning gear or fly fishing gear on rivers, streams and small lakes or are trolling for them on large lakes.  Learn more on our rod & reel recommendations for rainbow trout page.


Fishing Line Recommendations

The weight of line and type of line will vary based on how you are fishing for them.  It will be different based on if you are using spinning gear, fly fishing gear or trolling gear.  Learn more on our fishing line recommendations for rainbow trout page.


Eating Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout are hit or miss for many people.  You will find plenty of people who love to eat rainbow trout while others will say they have a stronger taste to them and they don’t prefer to eat them.  Many people do eat them.  You can fillet them up and fry them.  Some people remove most of the bones and cook the entire fish whole.  Depending on the size of the fish, you may choose to fry them or bake them.  Some people smoke them too.