2012 RI Trout Fishing Season is Open
Trout fishing basics will offer tips to make opening day of trout season productive for the beginner with some tips that can improve the catch rates for experienced fishermen.
Trout fishing Opening Day is spring ritual, RI opening day of trout season pits 20,000 trout fishermen against 80,000 trout that are stocked by the RI DEM. This year's opening day is April 14th 2012, RI opening day of trout season is always the second Saturday of April.
Light Tackle Outfishes Heavier Tackle for Trout
Trout fishing is a light tackle game. Trout fishing rods can vary in length from 4'6" - 7' depending upon whether you are fishing in streams, rivers, lakes or ponds. Line test ratings for spinning tackle should be 2lb - 6lb for monofilament lines. Lighter lines and tackle allow smaller baits to be cast further and presented more efficiently that heavier lines. Light tackle offers sensitivity and a more natural presentation of baits and lures. The smaller diameter of the line the less visible it wil be to the trout. Opening day trout often feed voraciously but as time goes by the fish become naturalized and more wary. The use of light line requires smaller terminal tackle to create the best presentation.
Best Artificial Bait for Opening Day Trout
Dough Baits like PowerBait Trout Baits are excellent for opening day of trout fishing season. The stocked trout are hatchery fish they have been reared in tanks and fed trout pellets that are grain based. The trout have never been caught so they are not suspicious or line shy, yet..
PowerBait comes in many forms and colors. Many people prefer the nuggets as they require no forming and can be placed on a hook without any fuss. Berkley trout paste is more economical than nuggets and it is easy to form a ball of dough. The brighter colors of powerbait are favored by many fishermen. I suggest a few different colors and I prefer the dough with glitter as the glitter reflects light and can be seen more easily by the trout. Powerbait is best fished with small hooks size 10 or 12 treble hooks hold tha powerbait securely but still suspend due to the buoyant nature of the powerbait. Snelled baitholders hooks in size 10, 8 and 7 work well too.
Best Lures for Opening Day Trout
Best Trout fishing lures for opening day of trout are small and shiny.
Acme Tackle of RI makes a huge selection of great trout fishing lures.
Acme Kastmasters in 1 /12 to 3/8 ounces come in a variety of colors that are hugely effective for trout.
The Kastmaster has been around for decades, and for good reason, its a proven fish catcher. Its simple, yet deadly design has not been modified since its conception in the '50s. Its basic function, to mimic the actions of an injured baitfish, make it equally effective for both fresh and saltwater fish, and can be cast, trolled, or vertically jigged. The ability to cast the Kastmaster long distances and cover large areas of water continues to make the Kastmaster the lure of choice in many situations for trout.
Acme's Little Cleo
The Little Cleo run deep and as such are best for reaching down to early-season trout in fast water. These a spoons are comparatively thick in proportion to their overall surface area; they cast like rockets and are great lures for covering lots of water in a hurry.
Use the smallest available sizes on small to midsize streams. Go up to 3/8- or even 1/2-ounce models on really big water. Basic colors are silver or gold, often with colored stripes or spots added. You can also customize your own spoons (see "Doctor Your Lures" sidebar).
Cast up and across in deep, fast water, but don't use a steady retrieve. The art of trout fishing with spoons is in reeling just fast enough to keep a tight line while pumping the rod tip to give a darting, tumbling action to the lure. A steady retrieve will catch some fish, but an erratic retrieve will catch more. Thinner spoons -- meaning less thick in proportion to their surface area; standard Dardevles are a good example -- don't fish as deeply. They work better later in the spring when the water is shallower, a little warmer, and trout are more aggressive.
Mepps In Line Spinners
Lure size is important. The rule of thumb is use smaller lures to catch smaller fish and larger lures to catch larger fish. Keep in mind plain spinners present a smaller profile than dressed spinners, so they will appear smaller to the fish. This makes them perfect for panfish and small stream trout. Fishing with dressed spinners can produce larger fish, but, when stream trout fishing, you will probably catch more fish using plain spinners.
Plain Treble and Single Hook
Mepps plain treble or single hook Aglias in size #00 or #0 are perfect for panfish (bluegills or sunfish) and small stream trout. They are very light, however, and require a nimble rod, equipped with a light action reel spooled with light line; nothing heavier than six-pound-test. Two-pound-test to four-pound-test is better. Aglias in size #1 and #2 are perfect for larger stream trout and large bluegills, sunfish and crappies. Size #2 Aglias are also excellent for smallmouth bass and walleye. These sizes are ideal for teaching youngsters the basics of spinner fishing, as they are heavy enough to cast well with light tackle, yet they are small enough to catch a wide variety of fish.
Size #4 and # 5 Aglias are ideal for large rainbow trout and steelhead, as well as coho (silver) and chinook (king) salmon.
Mepps single hook Aglias can be used virtually anywhere single hook lures are required. They are perfect for Alaska.
Mepps dressed Aglia spinners come in sizes #00 through #5. A #00 is a Mepps Ultra Lite and it weighs only 1/18 oz. These little trout and panfish lures are dressed with natural hackle. They are also available as wooly worms. The #0 Aglia Spin Fly is also a Wooly Worm. It too is perfect for both panfish and trout and weighs 1/12 oz. Larger dressed Aglias weigh up to 1/2 oz. (#5). The hooks on dressed Aglias in sizes #1-#5 are dressed with natural squirrel tail or bucktail.
Dressed Aglias (Ultra Lites and Wooly Worms) in size #00 or #0 are perfect for panfish (bluegills or sunfish) and small stream trout. They are very light, however, and require a nimble rod, equipped with a light action reel spooled with light line; nothing heavier than six-pound-test. Two-pound-test to four-pound-test is better. Dressed Aglias in size #1 and #2 are perfect for larger stream trout and large bluegills, sunfish and crappies. Size #2 Aglias are also excellent for smallmouth bass and walleye.
Mepps Aglias in sizes #3 and #4 are preferred by largemouth bass fishermen. In fact, the #3 dressed Mepps Aglia was rated the best all around lure for largemouth bass by the readers of Sports Afield magazine.
Size #4 and #5 Aglias are ideal for large rainbow trout and steelhead, as well as coho (silver) and chinook (king) salmon. Northern pike and giant tackle busting musky will inhale a dressed #5 Mepps spinner.
Live Bait for Opening Day Trout
Fishing with natural baits is the simplest means of catching trout. Trout feed on a variety of live baits.
Shiners or minnows are a great trout bait, Smaller shiners catch more fish as the stocked fish are less tha 1.5 pounds average weight and can eat smaller baits without much effort. Shiners are fished with bobbers or floats and can be fished at different depths. Weighted bobbers allow you to cast further and do not burden the shiner as the buoyancy of the bobber allows the shiner to swim relatively unencumbered compared to having a split shot on the line.
Nightcrawlers, Dillies and Trout worms
Nightcrawlers, Dillies and Trout worms are excellent trout baits. These can be fished with a bobber or fished off the bottom suspended above a sinker. The use of small hooks enhances presentation.
Magic Worm Blower
One way to outfish your friends with worms is to use a worm blower.
The Magic Worm Blower uses a bottle with a small hyperdermic needle to inflate the nightcrawler or dilly worm so it is both larger and suspends above the weed bed keeping it visible and in the strike zone.
Hook the nightcrawler with your hook, through the head or collar of the nightcrawler. This will allow the rest of the worm to dangle freely.
Remove the cap of the worm blower and inject the needle into the tail of the nightcrawler and squeeze once or twice to pump air into the nightcrawler. You will see the nightcrawler inflate. Remove the needle after inflating, by pulling it out of the nightcrawler.