Nov 16
Trout Fishing

If you love trout fishing, you might have experienced the difficulty in looking for this amazing fish in turbid water during springtime. Rainwater, runoff and snowmelt make water in rivers and streams turbid during this time. Such turbid water poses challenges to trout-fishing-lovers. However, just a little knowledge and appropriate tackle can increase their success rate. Here are a few tips.

1. Pay Attention to Color Contrast

Anglers commonly think that bright or white colored lures work best in stained water and it’s not wrong. However, you should not underestimate dark colors because actually black lures are often some of the most noticeable lures in dark water. One of the best trout fishing tips for beginners as well as pros is to opt for black lures or the total opposite spectrum of colors like red, orange or chartreuse. A standard silver- or gold-bladed inline spinner can be an excellent choice as well offering vibration and flash.

2. Prefer Big Lures

Dirty water can be highly opposed with large lures. Large lures stand out better in the dirty water and will even move more water when retrieved. When the fish have a low clarity and limited vision, they rely more on other senses to catch food. When the larger lures move more water, fish detect their location due to vibration.

3. Explore New Habitats

Due to rainfall, snowmelt and runoffs, water levels rise and new parts of riverbank and stream are flooded and new habitats will come under water. Exploring these areas is a good idea because fish typically use the new structures even if it wasn’t there before a few days. Usually these are slow water areas that provide excellent trap points, particularly if they’re on inside banks.

Trout Fishing in Turbid Water

4. Find Slower Water

High water caused by rainfall, snowmelt and runoff is also fast water. Trout generally leave these fast waters and try to find slower waters so that they’d have to spend less energy while feeding. In such conditions, anglers are better off focusing casting efforts in eddies, pools and inside seams. The areas where there are bends and turns in the river and stream provide a nice spot for trout to keep away from the main faster current. These spots provide fish perfect locations to capture food as it passes by in the current.

5. Get a Diverse Selection of Lures

Stocking diverse types of lures is a good idea for springtime trout fishing. Here are some options:

  • Power bait floating trout worm
  • Minnow imitators
  • Inline spinners
  • Tungsten missile nymph
  • Wooly buggers

Follow these tips and try these techniques and tackle to keep your enjoyment of springtime trout fishing undisturbed. Happy trout fishing!