Basic Tips: Trout Fishing in Streams**

Amazingly, only about 2% of the trout spawned in any given year reach their first birthday. In order for you to get your share, you need to know about the trout’s habits.

Trout Habitats

Trout cannot survive in water that is consistently hotter than 75 degrees!**  Most stream trout prefer the water between 50 and 60 degrees.

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Lake and brook trout prefer water at the lower numbers (low 50’s), while brown trout like their water warmer (high 50’s to low 60’s).

Trout are to be found in deeper waters during winter and mid-summer, because the water temperature is more consistent there.

Fishing for trout? Fish in deeper waters during very cool and very warm weather.

When Trout Eat

Trout like to dine in the early morning or late evening hours. Actually, trout are opportunistic eaters (they eat when food is available), but they prowl for food at times when there is less light.

In a river or stream, trout are most likely to be close to or under rocks, near the edges of water and on ledges – where the land drops away under water.

If these options are not available, trout are likely to move to deeper water.

What Trout Eat

During insect-hatching times, trout are there in the shallows, snapping up the young insects. During the seasons in which worms, flies, flying ants and grasshoppers are available, the trout are happy to eat them.

Much of the year, trout eat small minnows, but trout have been found to eat fish that are as big as 1/3 their own size!

Where Do I Fish for Trout in Streams?

The answer depends on the stream; if the water is fast-moving,  drop your line along the edges of the fast-moving water.

Trout can hold their own in water with a strong current, but they usually look for food along the edges.  This is because minnows cannot handle swiftly-moving waters. Therefore, the minnows are along the edges and trout are there, hoping to dine on the minnows.

After a hard rain, trout will troll along the banks, hoping to catch the earthworms, insects and grubs the rain has brought their way.

Other times they tend to feed in the shallows (and quiet places):  when the water level is high or the water becomes muddy.


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** When water is warmer than 75 degrees, trout move to deep parts to survive. If there are no deep pools, they die. (Info added to clarify statement).


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