It’s All About the Destination
The destination is super important for catching bigger rainbow trout. Most of the better rainbow trout destinations are good for action with an occasional big fish, but you’re not going to find a true trophy fish. If you want to find a big rainbow trout, you need to fish the destinations that are known for producing big fish.
Fish for Steelhead
Steelhead are key to consistently catching bigger rainbow trout. These lake and sea run fish are bigger on average than the rainbow trout that you are going to find in the rivers, streams and smaller lakes.
Fish the Great Lakes
If you want to catch a big rainbow trout, fish the popular steelhead destination on the Great Lakes and fish the rivers and streams that support spawning migrations for these fish around the Great Lakes.