Saturday, March 31, 2007

Where to Trout Fish in Maine

Maine is well known for it's scenic fly fishing and wild brook trout!

But like other areas, brook trout populations have been reduced over the years and so fish biologists have been working the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to restore those populations.

As part of this ongoing effort, several trout waters have been designated as catch-and-release only.

The forests and mountains surrounding Moosehead Lake and the area ranging up through the Allagash Waterway are home to some of the best brook trout fisheries in Maine. And Munsungan Lake is well known for it's Brook trout. Caddis and mayflies work very well here.

The Kennebec, Penobscot, Kennebago, Pleasant, and Rapid Rivers are also popular fishing spots in Maine. The Wyman Dam on the Kennebec River is a great spot for early spring trout fishing.

But trout fishing in Maine offers more opportunities than catching brook trout. You can also catch lake trout (or "togue" as the locals call them) - and the West Grand Lake is one of the best places to do this. Lake trout average 3-8 pounds at West Grand Lake, but have been known to reach as much as 20 pounds.

But in addition to brook trout, you'll also find splake trout! Splake trout are a hybrid trout which result a male brook trout mates with a female lake trout. Maine has been raising and stocking these trout in 30 of it's waters for a while now. Why? They grow faster and often survive better than brook trout.

And in case you're wondering, there are Brown trout in Maine as well. Mousam Lake is heavily loaded with brook, brown and lake trout.

For more information on finding the best trout fishing spots in Maine, click here.

Looking for some Maine trout tips? Click here.

Trout Fishing Opens on April 1st in New York

The wait is over, trout fishing season will officially in New York State tomorrow. Fishing is expected to be good this year. However, many of the popular areas are still covered in ice and snow, so you'll want to be careful when fishing from icy banks.

Anglers may also be in for a bit of a surprise this Spring. Record flooding last June has resulted in much of the landscape surrounding changing in popular fishing spots. Old pools have been filled with gravel and new pools have been carved out. The fish are still there, but may be in a different place than expected now. So you'll have to pay attention to where fish may be holding.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Lake Jocassee Trout Tournament

Lake Jocassee in is a favorite place for South Carolina trout fishers because of it's beauty, trophy size trout, and the trout tournaments. There are several tournaments a year including the Lake Jocassee Trout Tournament and the Jimmy Orr Championship.

The next Lake Jocassee Trout Tournament is on April 14th and will be the last one until November 2007.

The entrance fee is $25 per person for the Lake Jocassee trout fishing tournament - and registration for it automatically enrolls you into the Jimmy Orr Championship . But that's not all! If you'd like a shot at winning the Big Fish Prize, you can throw another $10/tournament into the pot! Kids 15 years and under fish for FREE! The trout tournament kicks off at 8 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m.

For more information about the tournament and registration, call (864) 944-9016.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Arizona's Rainbow Trout Farm

Arizona is blessed to have one of the best rainbow trout farms in the country! It's located in Sedona off Highway 89A between Slide Rock State Park and Sedona's tourist's district in the heart of Oak Creek Canyon.

First opened in the 1950's, the Rainbow Trout Farm is open year-round, seven days a week and gets visitors from all over the country. If you just want to come in and look around, admission is FREE! But if you wish to fish, you will have to pay some fees.

This is a great place to bring the kids and teach them about rainbow trout and pretty guarantee their success in catching them! The Fishing equipment and bait is provided for you. Don't bring your own - it's not allowed!

In addition to being able to see rainbow trout up close, the trout farm also has BBQ and picnic tables for folks to enjoy. In order for the maximum number of folks to enjoy the trout farm, people are asked to limit their stay to 2 hours.

Fishing is allowed at the Rainbow Trout Farm - and you don't even need a fishing license! The fishing fee is only $1 per person - but be forewarned, there is NO CATCH AND RELEASE! You'll pay $8-$12 for every fish you catch depending on size. The average trout size is 11 to 12 inches. So you might want to keep a close eye on the kids!

You'll be given a fishing pole and bait to use while at the trout farm. The staff there make the dough bait which is used for fishing and it consists of fish food mixed with flour and water. They even sell it if you'd like to try it in your local trout waters.

You can also choose to let the staff at the trout farm clean your fish for you at a cost of 50 cents per fish (no filleting). Once your fish is cleaned, you can cook it on the BBQ grills at the park or pack it on ice and take it home (the trout farm does sell ice for this purpose).

Another option is to take your trout to the Heartland Cafe in Sedona and have them cook it for you. Then you and the family can either enjoy it there or take the cooked trout home. This is a great option for folks visiting and camping in Oak Creek Canyon.

For more information, call (928) 282-5799.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Early Trout Season Opener in Pennsylvania

While the Pennsylvania trout season doesn't officially begin until April 14th, selected counties in the southeast portions of the state can begin trout fishing on Saturday (March 31st).

Eighteen counties have been given the go-ahead to begin the trout fishing season a couple of weeks ahead of of the rest of the state. Why? It's all part of a plan to increase trout fishing opportunities in the state's most popular area and improve stocking and management efforts.

This year, Pennsylvania trout fishing just got better! In addition to some folks getting to start the season early, the state has started stocking trout which are 30% larger than previous stockings!

Be sure to check the rules and regulations regarding the early trout season opener in Pennsylvania.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Understanding Flurocarbon Fishing Lines

If you've been to a tackle store lately, you've most likely seen all the different types of fishing line currently available. There's monofilament lines, dacron lines, braided lines, fluorescent, fluorocarbon fishing lines and more. These days, it's easy for a beginner to get overwhelmed by all of the choices.

Many questions have been asked about Flurocarbon fishing lines. What are they? What makes them special? Are they worth your money?

These are all good questions and worth asking. Flurocarbon lines have been used by fly fishers for years. These lines are typically used for the tippet. Flurocarbon line is almost invisible under water, which is very useful in shallow clear water streams that fly fishers love to fish.

Due to ability to be almost invisible in clear water, bass and other fishers have started using flurocarbon lines as well.

While the advantages of flurocarbon fishing line is clear, the disadvantage for many spin fishers is that the line is stiff. It also tends to hold the shape of the spool really well (especially in cold water). This last feature can cause a problem when casting. Flurocarbon lines will not advance off the spool as easy when casting - so you may not be able to achieve distance. Using a lighter test line will help mitigate the casting problem, but it may still be present.

Some anglers have reported that flurocarbon lines tend to be more brittle and break more easily than other lines. This can prevent you from landing that trophy-size trout!

The bottom line (no pun intended) is that you'll have to decide how important line invisibility is when fishing in clear water versus casting ability and strength of the line.

In fishing tournaments, using a line that is nearly invisible in clear water may make all the difference in the world to your chances of winning. But if you're not fishing in clear water and casting distance and the ability to land that trophy trout are important, then you may want to chose a stronger monofilament line instead of a flurocarbon line.

As usual, I recommend testing different lines. Everybody's fishing conditions are slightly different and experience is a great teacher. Great fishers will often change out their lines and tackle to when fishing in different water conditions.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Apache Trout - Arizona's State Fish

Most people are familiar with rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout and even some other trout species. But have you ever heard of apache trout? If you haven't, you're probably in the majority!

Apache trout is native to Arizona and they are only found in a small part of the state - the White Mountains, to be exact. They are one of the unique trout fishing experiences in Arizona.

These trout have a yellowish-gold color with black spots all on their body and fins. They average 6 - 24 inches in length. And like all trout, they feed on terrestrial and aquatic insects found in there cool streams.

Populations of apache trout have been reduced by over-fishing and competitive trout species. As such, apache trout have been on the Federal Endangered Species list since 1969. But thanks to the efforts of Apache Trout Recovery team, these trout are starting to make a comeback.

Last summer, the AZ Fish and Game department sterilized a portion of Sheeps Crossing (a popular fishing spot) to rid the stream of rainbow and brook trout - which were threatening the survival of apache trout. Once the unwanted fish were removed, apache trout were reintroduced into the stream.

Although protected, you can fish for apache trout. There are several places in Arizona where you can fish for apache trout - some on state land (requiring an Arizona State fishing license) and some on reservation land (requiring a special tribal permit).

When fishing for apache trout, artificial flies work best. However, you can also use natural baits (worms, grasshoppers, beetles, salmon eggs, etc.) small lures and spinners. Smaller hooks (size 14 - 18) are usually recommended for Apache trout.

Fishing for apache trout is a unique and rare experience that most trout anglers don't get to share in. So if you're ever in Arizona, it's an opportunity you won't want to pass up!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Catching Bull Trout in Oregon

Few trout anglers can enjoy the experience of catching a Bull trout. That's because they only exist in 5 U.S. States (in the northwest) and two Canadian provinces.

Oregon is one of the states where you can catch bull trout. And if your catch is at least 24 inches, you can even keep it (one per day).

In Oregon, Lake Billy Chinook is a favorite hot spot for bull trout. Mid-March through April is the best time to fish for bull trout. After April, the weather is warm enough for water enthusiasts which tends to scare the fish away.

Lake Billy Chinook is famous for it's trophy size trout. The Metolius Arm is the preferred area of the lake for catching large bull trout. The Deschutes and Crooked River Arms of the reservoir are also popular spots for bull trout.

The best time to fish for bull trout in Spring is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Fish finders are really helpful in finding them. But they are usually found with one or two other fish. Here's a trout tip - Bull trout prey on kokanee, so find the kokanee and you may find bull trout feeding on them.

As with other larger trout, you'll need some heavier test line to catch them. Try using 10 or 12 lb test. Trolling and casting Rapala lures produce the best results when fishing for bull trout in Oregon.

Some bull trout are tagged by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW). So be sure to note the number on the tag before releasing the fish and then report it to the ODFW. If you're keeping the fish (assuming it meets the minimum size restriction), then remove the tag and turn it in to ODFW. This information helps them keep track of the bull trout population.

Have any other bull trout fishing tips for Oregon?

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Spring Break Trout Derby in Medford

On Saturday, the Medford-based International Trouters Society will hold it's 5th annual Spring Break Derby at Takelma Park near the southwest corner of Lost Creek Dam.

The free derby is open to kids 16 years old and younger. The goal is to catch a trout over 16 inches in length. The Grand Prize winner — the first registered under-16 angler to catch a trout over 16 inches — will get his or her choice of prizes. Prizes will be awarded for other categories as well.

Registration is required and participants can sign in between 8:30 am to noon on Saturday. Fishing begins at 9 am and runs to 4 pm.

The regular fishing rules, limits and licenses apply. Anglers aged 13 and younger can fish for free. A $6.75 juvenile license is required for anglers 14-17 years old.

For more information call 245-0568.

The daily trout limit at Lost Creek Lake remains five trout at least 8 inches long, but only one of those can be more than 20 inches long.

Trout Fishing Tips for Southwest Ohio

Ohio has many great trout fishing hot-spots. Sycamore State Park is often considered one of these great Ohio trout fishing spots. Others include Stonelick Lake, Clark Lake and the Rush Run Wildlife Area. These are especially great places to take kids fishing because they're stocked regularly.

Spring is one of the best times of the year for trout fishing. Fishing with spinners, worms, corn and PowerBaits will produce the best results during the spring seasons. If water temperatures are still really cold from winter freezes, spinners will help wake trout from their lethargic state and cause them to strike.

Fall is also a great time of year for trout fishing. The same trout fishing tips for Spring, apply for Fall too.

Summer months present the biggest challenge in trout fishing. While the use of spinners, worms, corn and PowerBaits still apply - the problem is finding trout. Trout need comfortable, well-oxygenated water. In warmer summer months, this is often in the deeper parts of lakes. This is where fish finders and a boat come in handy!

In warm summer months, catching trout from shore will often be difficult. However, fishing in early morning or early evening will help better your chances of catching trout from the shore. Water temps are cooler then and so trout can be spotted actively feeding near the surface during these times.

Next time you go trout fishing in southern Ohio, give these tips a try.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Mealworms Make Excellent Trout Bait

Nightcrawlers (also called earthworms) are a favorite choice of bait for many trout anglers. But did you know trout also love mealworms?

Mealworms are much smaller than nightcrawlers. They also have a hard outer shell, segmented body, and lot of legs. These worms are the larval form of the darkling beetle - so in reality, they're more of an immature insect as opposed to a worm. This is probably why fly fishers tend to be more familiar with their value in trout fishing.

Mealworms are often found under rocks, tree logs, and in grain storage areas. They feed on animal and plant leftovers. The good news is that you don't have to go out and find your own mealworms. Many sporting goods stores (including Wal-mart) sell them for fishing purposes.

You can put them on your hook, just like a nightcrawler and fish them using a spinning rod and reel combo. Mealworms can be used in lakes, rivers and streams to catch trout. When fishing in lakes, you can bottom fish mealworms or use a bobber to keep them near the surface where trout are feeding.

Next time you go fishing, give them a try! And remember, other fish besides trout like them too!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Trophy Size Trout in Maryland Waters

The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute have recently donated some trophy size trout for Western Maryland trout fishing waters.

In addition to Town Creek in Allegany County, the Casselman River and Youghiogheny River Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Areas have been stocked with trophy trout.

A special 'catch-and-release' season has been implemented in these areas through June 15th. After this, anglers can catch and keep 2 trout a day through September 30th.

For more information, click here.

Monday, March 19, 2007

William Jessup Trout Fishing Derby

The 2nd Annual William Jessup University Trout Fishing Derby will be held on April 13th-14th at Collins Lake in Yuba County, California.

Sponsored by the William Jessup University (WJU), this trout derby is part of an effort to raise money for church missions. Donations are required to fish ($100 for boat fishing and $25 for bank fishing). Kids 15 and younger fish for free if accompanied by a registered adult.

You can register online for the derby or call Frank at (530) 308-6976.

All participants must check in at Picnic #3 at 7 a.m. Several prizes will be awarded including a $50 prize for the heaviest trout caught over the two day period.

Bring the whole family - and don't forget your fishing license. PowerBait is recommended for catching trout - or if you prefer fishing with lures, you might consider bringing a 3/8 oz. Kastmaster's (in blue and silver) or Orange 4-5 inch broken-back Rapala lures. Downriggers are also recommended for boat fishers (especially if the weather is hot).

Collins Lake is famous for it's beautiful scenery and trophy trout fishing! So this a great fishing event for the whole family!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Illinois 2007 spring trout fishing season opens April 7

If you live in Illinois, mark your calendar for April 7th. This is the opening day for trout fishing season. More than 60,000 rainbow trout have been stocked in 42 locations around the state in preparation.

Illinois residents (16 and older) must purchase an inland trout stamp($6.50) in addition to the regular fishing license. In addition to annual fishing licenses (which are valid through March 31st, 2008), residents can also purchase 24-hour licenses (which allow you to fish during a set 24-hour period).

For more information about Illinois trout fishing, click here.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Pequest Trout Hatchery Opens March 31st

Ever wondered how hatchery trout are raised? The Pequest Trout Hatchery in New Jersey offers visitors and inside look at how they raise more than 600,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout year for public stocking.

There are also plenty of interactive displays for kids which offer a visual understanding of wildlife

And if you're new to trout fishing, then you'll want to check out the hatchery's fishing education classes. Offered to families and groups, these classes cover all the basics of trout fishing.

Activities are offered year round, and you can check out the list of upcoming programs on the hatchery's web site.

The Pequest Trout Hatchery is open daily (excluding holidays) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's located on Route 46 nine miles west of Hackettstown in Warren County

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Great Fishermen Think Outside the Box

We recently received and email from a newbie trout angler in Tasmania with some questions about bait choices. Like so many folks this weekend (myself included), she and her husband were getting ready to go fishing this weekend.

Apparently some heavy rains drowned most of earthworms and so she had the idea to use mealworms. Her husband probably considered himself a good angler, but like many anglers was stuck in the box.

Many anglers get very attached to their way of fishing and no longer are willing to explore other possibilities. Sure, they still catch fish. But the problem with this way of thinking is that you'll never be able to improve as a fishermen. If you aren't open to new fishing techniques, you won't be able to raise your game to the next level.

Great fishermen are always listening to others (novice and experts) because they know there's a chance they may hear something they've not heard or thought of before. They know that others (including newbie anglers) just may be on to something.

In this case, the wife (a newbie trout fisher) was right! Trout do LOVE mealworms. In fact, mealworms were always my grandpa's first choice in bait - and he caught countless trout using them.

Consider this as well. Rainbow trout are famous for biting on marshmallows, cheese (preferably cheddar), and corn. These bait sources defy logic - and yet somebody had to be the first one to try it. In my mind, it was either a small child or a desperate fishermen (who ran out of bait and was having too good a day to quit - so he used what he had left). Either way, this is thinking outside the box!

According to legend, floating jigs were invented by a desperate fishermen who was having one of those great fishing days. He ran out of bait and didn't want to call it day. So he broke off a piece of his Styrofoam bait container and glued it to his hook and then added a dab of nail polish (borrowed from his wife) for color. Defying logic, he caught more fish using this technique.

The history of the fishing spoon is similar. According to legend, Julio T. Buel (inventor of the first fishing spoon) was out trout fishing one day and took a break to eat a jar of fruit. He was sitting in his boat when he dropped his spoon. It fell in the water and twirled at is sunk - and as it did, he watched a big trout lunge for it and swim off with it. The rest is history.

These stories help remind us that great things happen when we're willing to think outside the box. There are many more stories like this - and I like to believe we still have some great trout fishing tips and techniques to discover. We just have to be open to the idea and willing to experiment and learn!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Best Trout Recipe for the Campfire

We've received many emails this week from readers sharing their spring break plans to trout fish new waters. Like our readers, I too am planning a fishing trip this week. I will be taking my nephews striper fishing in the Colorado River - they're first official fishing trip. A local fishing guide (and friend of my brother) will be joining us on the trip - so we're expecting plenty of action.

Even though we'll be primarily fishing for stripers, we do plan to get some trout fishing in too. Since we'll be camping on the river, we're planning on some trout and striper dinners. Since many of you will be doing the same thing, I wanted to share an old family recipe for cooking trout on the campfire.

This trout recipe was shared with me by my great grandfather. I grew up camping and fishing, and this is how we used to cook our trout on these trips. It's the simplest and best way to cook trout in the outdoors. And it works on the BBQ grill too.

After cleaning and rinsing your trout, place it in a piece of tin foil (each trout should be wrapped individually). Add a teaspoon of butter, some salt and pepper (or other spices you like). When you're done, wrap the foil around the fish, sealing the edges closed.

Place the wrapped fish in near the edge of the camp fire (or on a BBQ grill) and let it cook for 3-5. Turn it over and let it cook again for 3-5 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the fish. A trout 8-12 inches in length will follow these cooking times pretty closely.

After cooking, the trout should be nice and hot and ready to eat. If the head and tail were removed prior to cooking, the spine should just lift out easily after cooking. But be careful not to eat any stray bones that may not have been lifted out with the spine.

Kids will love this trout recipe because it's not only something easy for them to cook, but they'll be cooking their prize catch to eat!

Sunday, March 11, 2007

The Stainless Steel Fish Hook Controversy

Yesterday I mentioned that stainless steel hooks should be avoided for the sake of the fish. After spending the day pondering the issue, I felt this point needed some more clarification.

It's true that stainless steel hooks don't dissolve as well under water (compared to other hooks) - and this can make it harder on the fish when you have to release him with a deeply embedded hook left in him.

So why do so many anglers still like prefer stainless steel hooks?

The answer is strength. Stainless steel hooks are stronger than hooks made of other metals - which means they're less likely to break. Steelheaders and other trophy trout anglers need fish hooks they can rely on. Last thing they want is to lose their trophy catch because of a broken hook. Stainless steel hooks give them this extra assurance.

It should also be noted that these anglers are using large single hooks (as opposed to treble hooks). Single hooks are easier to remove and cause less stress on the fish. So these anglers are already exercising some good practices in protecting the fish from undue harm. Chances that these hooks would be deeply embedded enough to pose a problem is unlikely. So in this kind of fishing situation, using a stainless steel hook is best for the angler - while not really harming the fish.

But for trout anglers fishing lakes and streams tend to catch much smaller trout. Many of these anglers are also using small treble hooks. These hooks are notorious for getting stuck in such a way that often poses problems for removal. In this type of fishing situation, using a stainless steel hook is not a good idea.

These trout are smaller anyway. It's very unlikely your fish hook will break during the fight. So there's no real need to for the added strength of a stainless steel hook. Using a hook that is more environmentally friendly would be better for the fish in this kind of fishing situation.

The bottom line is that you have to consider your fishing situation when determining if a stainless steel fish hook is a good idea or bad. When fishing for trophy size trout (like steelheads), stainless steel hooks are a good choice. But for ordinary trout fishing that requires smaller hooks, stainless steel hooks should be avoided.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

How to Remove a Stuck Fish Hook Without Hurting the Fish

Ever catch a fish a fish that was too small to keep, and you knew as soon as you reeled him in that you were going to have to release him? But then as soon as you try and remove the hook, you have a problem! The hook is in too deep. It's stuck!

You may be trying really hard to remove the hook carefully so as not to hurt the fish, but no matter how hard you try, the hook is stuck. The fish may be under the size limit, and you know you can't keep him.

But you also know that the more you handle the fish and struggle to remove the hook, the more damage it will do to the fish. And you know there is no way the fish will survive long back in the water with damage to the lip (from hook removal) and scales (from handling him).

What should you do?

There is a solution to this problem that works for the fish - even though it might not sound too attractive to us humans (unless you're in to body piercing).

When faced with this problem, the best course of action is to cut the line as close to the hook as possible. Many hooks will dissolve in the underwater environment - unless they're made of stainless steel.

So when fishing, the best practice is to never use stainless steel hooks. If you do, you're back to the initial problem without a good solution!

Friday, March 09, 2007

Kid's Trout Fishing Day in Virginia

On March 17th, there will be a Kid's Trout Fishing Day on the Robinson River near Syria in Madison County. The event is open to kids 12 years of age and under and will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to expose the kids to trout fishing and help them learn the basics.
For more information, call (540) 272-6299.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Trout Unlimited Offers New York Anglers Learning Opportunities

In preparation for the spring trout fishing season, the Upper Susquehanna of Trout Unlimited is hosting two events for local anglers this month.

On March 10, there will be a Community and Conservation Day. Three seminars will be presented at this event:
  • Dan Josephson from Cornell University on Adirondack Brook Trout and Fly Fishing the Great Lake Tributaries at 1 p.m.
  • The Upper Susquehanna Watershed Project with the Sidney High School Science Department at 2:15 p.m. and
  • Jim Lennox will talk about Fishing for Steelhead and Salmon in the Great Lake Tributaries at 3:30 p.m.
There will also be fly tying demos, raffles, drawings, and a beginner's booth. Admission is free. Join the fun at the Holiday Inn on Southside from 12 non to 5:30 p.m.

The second event is a Fly Fishing School on March 17th at Hartwick College. This classroom and hands-on instruction will begin at 9: a.m. and run until 4 p.m. The seminar will be held in Room 201 of the Johnstone Science Building and gym. Cost is $30 at the door and you should bring a lunch. If you ever wanted to learn fly fishing, this is a great opportunity to get started.

For more information, call Bob Turrell at 607-432-2240 or Mark Ericson at 607-431-4758, or e-mail

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Time to Change Your Fishing Line

It's a good idea to change your fishing line at least once a year. And most anglers prefer to do this before they start the spring trout fishing season. This is when they're pulling out all of their tackle to make sure they have everything they'll need in the upcoming months.

Over time, your line is weakened by the sun and snags which stretch the line. It can also become stained from the water and other dirt and debris can help weaken the line. In short, it becomes brittle and worn out over time. And this can result in losing that trophy size trout!

Many anglers will change their lines more frequently than this since they tend to use the same rod and reel for different fishing conditions. But at the very least, you'll want to be sure and change your fishing line at least once per fishing season (or once a year).

Don't forget to clean the reel too once you have all the old line off it. Give it a good rinse with warm water. Use and old toothbrush or Q-Tip to clean hard to reach places. If you're mechanically inclined, you might even want to take the reel apart and clean the gears (but be sure you can put it back together again before doing this).

I would only suggest taking apart your spinning reel if you're using a higher-end reel. Always check the manufacturer's site for specific instructions on caring for your spinning reel. Using too much grease or oil could end up being worse than having left things alone.

When putting new line on the reel, you'll generally want to use 4 or 6 lb test line for trout fishing. You can also use 2 or 8 lb test for trout fishing, but these lines are generally used for specific lakes or rivers where a lighter or heavier line might be warranted.

If you've never changed your fishing line before, it's really easy. The trick is to pay attention when putting the line on the spool. Thread the line through the eyes of the pole first. Make sure the line goes under the bail before tying it to the spool. If done properly, you should be able to reel new line onto the spool.

Reeling will go much faster if you stick a pencil through the new line spool and have somebody hold it while you reel.

While this may seem like a hassle to some, having fresh line will help ensure you're able to land the big trout this season rather than lose him to a broken line!

For more trout fishing tips, check out our complete beginner's trout fishing eBook.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Hagg Lake Opens for Trout Fishing Tomorrow!

Hagg Lake in Washington County will be open for the trout fishing season starting tomorrow. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has stocked the lake with 18,000 rainbow trout and 120 larger brood trout (these fish range from 12 - 20 pounds!).

Hagg Lake is located 25 miles southwest of Portland. This 1,200 acre reservoir has an average depth of 51 feet. The deepest part of the lake is 110 feet deep.

In addition to the lake being open for anglers, KUIK Talk Radio will be hosting the annual opening day Bi Mart Lake Hagg Fishing Derby on Saturday. Two hundred specially marked trout have been planted in the lake for the derby. Catch one and you'll win a prize!

The Lake Hagg Fishing Derby will run from 6 a.m. til 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the longest trout, heaviest trout, ugliest trout, oldest angler, and the first to catch their limit! There NO entry fee!