PowerBait Tips for Trout Fishing

Using PowerBait is a great way to catch more trout. PowerBait is actually a brand produced by Berkley, but the term has become somewhat generic for many different types of synthetic baits.

When to Use PowerBait

PowerBait works great in many types of situations, but it is perhaps most effective when you are trying to catch stocked trout, as these types of trout have been raised and fed in hatcheries and are not as selective in what they choose to go after. However, if properly presented, PowerBait can be used to catch many different types of trout in lakes, rivers, and ponds.

Types of PowerBait

There are many different types of PowerBait out there. You can buy the dough-like substance that comes in a glass jar, or you can by PowerBait worms, insects, and other types of bait. Personally, I prefer the floating, dought-like type of PowerBait, because it works nicely as a bottom rig when fishing for trout (see below). However, other types work well too. As for color, it is best to have a variety of colors on hand when you are fishing. Most PowerBaits come in bright colors, and depending on where you are fishing, the trout may prefer one color over another.

PowerBait Rig

I use the following PowerBait rig to catch plenty of trout. Here's what you need.

  • PowerBait (the dough-like kind)
  • A small hook (I prefer a small, size #12 egg hook, but any small hook will work)
  • An egg sinker
  • A barrel swivel

Here's how you set up the rig.

1. Cut a 12-18 inch piece of line to use as your leader. I like to use 4-6 lb. test.

2. Tie one end of the line to your hook and the other end to the swivel.

3. Put your egg sinker on your main line, and tie your main line to the other end of the swivel. Your sinker should now move freely along your line.

4. Take some PowerBait and roll it into a thick ball and put it on your hook. Don't cover the hook completely. Instead, leave a bit of the top of the hook uncovered so you have a better chance of setting your line when you get a bite.

5. Cast out and let your line fall to the bottom. As your sinker touches the bottom, your bait will float about 12-18 inches (depending on the size of your leader) above the bottom. This works great in slow moving water where trout are more likely to be near the bottom. Plus, you are less likely to get snagged on any weeds or other structure.

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