Ice Fishing Trout Baits

Ice fishing is a fun sport that can be enjoyed across many generations. Getting out on the ice can be a fun day. And, it can be a time to really unplug from it all and just worry about your poles, the bait, and catching some fish.

When ice fishing and thinking about the bait, remember that the fish are cold. And, well, they are not going to exert a lot of energy to catch food.  But, trout are cold-water fish and really move more than some of their species. There are many places to go ice fishing for trout in the Northern states and Canada.

When you are thinking of going ice fishing for trout you should go at times where there is lower light than others. This is when they are most likely feeding. So, early mornings or early evenings are great times to get out there and try your luck.

Very Small Jigs to catch Trout

Jigs with maggots is an excellent option.  Remember that they need to be very small though. And, be sure that you don’t jig the jig too much. During the winter months, it takes less movement to catch the eye of a fish. So, there is no need for constant jigging action.

Live bait is another amazing option for fishing for trout. However, it is not always easy to find in the winter months. Try to stay in water that is 4′-8′ in-depth for your best chances at catching something. This is where they like to hang out, especially if it is near a drop-off. If you don’t know the lake that well, look where others are setting up and maybe take note next summer on areas you’d like to explore.

Catching Trout with live bait

Live bait such as blood worms, aquatic worms, minnows, and small crayfish can be purchased at a bait shop.  For lakes that are heavily fished, you will find a bait shop most likely near in. In some areas, you can find the bait in the local gas stations as well.  If you are not a local, ask the locals, they can certainly point you in the right direction for live bait. Many local fishermen are very friendly, as long as you don’t ask where their favorite fishing hole is.

Another way to find where the fish might be hiding is to study a lake map. Lake maps can show you the different depths of the lake, where the shallows and deep holes are.  It is perfect for spotting where the fish might form pockets. As they tend to like a softer bottom and not something that is super rocky. This is another feature you will have to keep in mind.

Trout are easily spooked so it is important that you are very quiet to try to catch them. That means that you shouldn’t move around a lot either. Get there early to drill your hole, before the light of day is best.  Then be prepared to wait for them to come back into the area.

Like any fishing, it is not just about the bait and time of day but a waiting game as well. The most important thing when Trout fishing is to have fun and enjoy yourself. Get out there and take the time to be one with Mother Nature again. Don’t forget to look at our top ice fishing gear for this year.


I have been camping and going outdoors for over 15 years! My first experience was when I joined the scouts. There I learned a lot. From building a campfire to set up a really big tent. Then I know this is awesome. Around 2005 I also started Geocaching. This is a lot of fun. And every time we go camping we look at the map to see if there are some nice caches around.

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