Top 10 Trout Lures

Below are the best lures to use when targeting the popular species

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Want to increase your trout catch count when each day ends? Start by adding these dependable fishing lures to your arsenal.

Topwater Plugs

Bomber Badonk-A-Donk

Bomber Badonk-A-Donk
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Made of hard and soft plastic or wood, topwater plugs mimic mullet, needlefish and other forage fish. Worked with short twitches of the rod tip, "walk-the-dog" side-to-side movement triggers explosive surface strikes.To maximize action tie to the leader with a loop knot. Use in low light conditions or a light chop in depths less than 8 feet.

Suspending Twitch Baits

MirrOlure MirrOdine

MirrOlure MirrOdine
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Also made from hard and soft plastic or wood, suspending twitch baits sink slowly to mid-depths. Crafted to mimic pinfish, pilchards, mullet and other forage fish, work these lures slowly, with tan occasional twitch to create a wounded-bait impression. Effective in cooler weather lure on lethargic fish.

Jerk Baits

Bass Assassin Jerkbait

Bass Assassin Jerkbait
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Soft plastics, slow sinking or neutrally buoyant, these lures excel in depths less than 6 feet. Rigged weedless with worm hooks or through the nose with a light-wire circle hook, jerk baits dart and sink like a wounded needlefish or lizardfish. A loop knot connection imparts best action with short, quick twitches of the rod tip.

Shrimp Lures

LiveTarget Rigged Grass

LiveTarget Rigged Grass
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Shrimp lures remain the mainstay in the trout angler's arsenal. Designed to slowly sink through, shrimp lures should be barely twitched. Often rigged underneath a clacker-style or popping cork.

Trout Touts

Bass Assassin Paddle Tail

Bass Assassin Paddle Tail
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Soft plastic tails in combination with a lead jig head mimics shrimp or small baitfish. With a quick darting action, trout typically strike as the tout falls. Available in a variety of colors and styles, including paddle tails and shrimp tails.

Jigs

Spro Andrus Jig

Spro Andrus Jig
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Bucktail or nylon jigs have fooled untold numbers of trout. Available in different head shapes, weights and colors, jigs should be as light as possible to sink slowly without snagging on the bottom. A loop knot allows an enticing fluttering action. Work jigs moderately-fast, with short twitches to make them dart.

Weedless Spoons

Johnson Silver Minnow

Johnson Silver Minnow
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Weedless spoons excel over seagrass beds and oyster bars. The fluttering action mimics crabs or distressed baitfish. Tie spoons on with a swivel to reduce line twist, and retrieved slowly with and steadily so the lure wobbles just off the bottom.

Shad Tails

Matrix Shad Midnight Purple

Matrix Shad Midnight Purple
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Soft-plastic minnow look-alikes, shad tails should be rigged with a jig head and worked with an erratic retrieve through the mid-depths. Available in many sizes, shapes and color combinations, shad tails are inexpensive yet deadly on seatrout.

Chuggers

MirrOlure Popa Dog

MirrOlure Popa Dog
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Surface plugs that pop, spit and splash draw trout, particularly during low light in calm to light chop. Chuggers simulate wounded baitfish and are best rigged with a loop knot or swivel/split ring for unhindered action.

Prop Lures

MirrOlure Prop Bait

MirrOlure Prop Bait
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Still a classic, surface stick baits with propellers still fooling trout years after their creation. The props spin and create a wake and noise, signaling feeding activity. Steady, quick retrieve with brief pauses triggers strikes.

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