Insider Trout Fishing Tips in Salem and Northwest, OR
The Oregon Fishing Club knows how devoted trout fisherman can be and want to give them every advantage. Our members have access to 37 exclusive bodies of water with strong Rainbow Trout populations. No license is necessary for lakes and ponds, but remember to grab a license for river fishing.
The Basics of Trout Fishing
Find a good lake or river without human commotion nearby. Fish are spooked easily, especially trout. Casting upstream is a common tip, as the lure will drift with the current. Furthermore, trout typically face upstream, waiting for food to filter down towards them, and are therefore unaware of your presence if you position yourself behind them.
If trout fishing from the shoreline, look for a clearing with a wide swath of casting space. Trout are always on the lookout for insects, and can often be spotted rising to the surface to nab lunch. Multiple fishing trips will help you get in tune with their feeding patterns, as Rainbow Trout are creatures of habit.
Where to Find Trout
Slow moving, swirling areas of deep water and converging currents are solid bets too. In general, moving water indicates a higher fish population than stagnant water. Trout like to wait next to currents to snag the food moving down. Near rocks or overhanging trees – natural protection for fish – are often places that fish will hang out too. Both rivers and lakes can host Rainbow Trout.
Bait and Tackle
All fly fishing methods work well. Make sure to get a dependable rod, and pair it with a light line that Rainbow Trout won’t spot. Then, try a split shot weight two feet up from the hook. This allows for an effective, controllable cast. Jigs are a popular and easy lure to use. Catchy colors work best. Spoons are also known to be effective for Rainbow Trout fishing.
Rotating through a variety of lures is smart when trout fishing, as they can be finicky biters. This also applies to colors, as the most attractive shade to trout may vary on temperature, sunlight, and other factors. With a spinner or spoon, a steady retrieve is the simplest method, reeling in methodically to draw the fish in. A jig is best when paired with a sink and twitch method. Again, patience is key.