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How To Go Trolling For Trout with Spoon Lures

How To Go Trolling For Trout with Spoon Lures


Trolling for trout with spoon lures is an exciting and effective method for catching these prized freshwater fish. Whether you're an experienced angler looking to refine your skills or a beginner eager to learn, this article will guide you through the essential steps and techniques to become a successful trout troll. Grab your gear and let's dive into the world of spoon lure fishing for trout. Disclaimer, this is a very brief introduction into trolling for trout. More technical questions will be follow up.

1. Understanding Spoon Lures:

Spoon lures are renowned for their fish-attracting flash and vibration. These lures mimic small baitfish or insects and come in various sizes, shapes, and colors. When trolling for trout, it's crucial to choose the right spoon lure based on water conditions, target species, and personal preference.

2. Selecting the Right Gear:

To get started, you'll need the appropriate fishing gear, including:

- A medium to light-action spinning or trolling rod and reel combo.
- A strong and flexible mono fishing line, typically 6-10 lb test.

- Or a lead-core line that can help spoons drop faster.

- A selection of spoon lures in different sizes and colors to adapt to varying conditions. The Mook Lure has a wide variety of colors for many environments.
- Essential accessories like swivels, snap clips, and a landing net. We recommend using an Interlock Ball Bearing Snap Swivel

3. Choosing the Ideal Location:

Successful trout trolling depends on finding the right location. Research your chosen fishing spot to determine the depth, water temperature, and trout species available. Look for underwater structures, drop-offs, and areas with a good supply of baitfish, as these are likely hotspots for trout. 

4. Mastering the Troll:

Once you've identified a promising location, it's time to start trolling. Here's a step-by-step guide:

a. Attach your spoon lure (Hopefully The Mook Lure) to the mainline or leader, if using lead-core, by using a swivel or snap clip.
b. Adjust your trolling speed. Trout are known to be temperature-sensitive, so consider slowing down or speeding up your boat until you find the right pace. We recommend going 2.5-3.5mph trolling with The Mook Lures.
c. Let out enough fishing line (mono), usually 30-100 feet, to reach the desired depth. Lead-core can achieve depth quicker while not losing the feel of the troll. Both lines, Mono & Lead-core, length can vary based on the location and target species i.e. Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Brook Trout and others.
d. Keep an eye on your rod tip for any signs of strikes or bites. Trout can hit your lure with surprising force.
e. When you feel a bite or see a strike, set the hook with a sharp and decisive rod movement.

5. Experiment with Lure Presentation:

Trolling for trout often requires experimentation. Try varying your trolling speed, depth (mono & lead-core), and the type of spoon lure you're using until you find the winning combination. Some days, trout might prefer a fast-moving, shiny spoon, while on others, they may respond better to a slower, fluttering action.

6. Patience is Key:

Trolling for trout can sometimes be a waiting game, so patience is essential. Don't get discouraged if you don't catch fish immediately. Keep adapting your approach, and you'll increase your chances of success.

7. Practice Catch and Release:

Trout populations can be fragile, so practice catch and release whenever possible. If you do keep your catch, make sure you're following local fishing regulations and size limits.


Trolling for trout with spoon lures is an enjoyable and rewarding fishing technique. By understanding the basics of spoon lure selection, gear setup, and trolling techniques, you can increase your chances of landing that prized trout. While at the same time, building lifelong memories. Remember to respect the environment and local regulations, ensuring the sustainability of these beautiful fish for generations to come. So, get out on the water, put your skills to the test, and enjoy the thrill of trout trolling with spoon lures.

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