Hunting Trout in Cold Weather

For people who brave the bitter weather conditions and wade the icy rivers are usually rewarded with exceptional fishing experiences because they get to take home a variety of trout. Aside from the fact that cold weather trout fishing provides more reasons to fish, another benefit is being able to have the stream all to yourself. We were looking around to find southern Utah hotel when we learned about doing some stream fishing.

The first thing you need to know for cold weather trout fishing is that it offers several unique challenges, none have anything to do with the weather being cold. It will be uncomfortable, that’s for sure and fishing itself is very much tougher. As soon as the temperature drops, water temperature drops too along with the body temperature of the trout. Trout metabolism will slow down as the trout get colder, and this means that they will feed less.

Trout Fishing in southern utah hotelPhoto Credit: Graham

Before you can start getting into cold weather trout fishing though, it is best to first understand the behavior of the fish during winter.

Here are the following tips on how to effectively fish for trout in cold weather:

  •  Trout are active even during the first drops of snow; about the time when most anglers are packing up their fishing gears into the garage. Ideally trout will thrive on 50 to 60 degrees temperature, but they will still bite in colder weather.
  • If you want to try cold weather trout fishing, do not wait for the temperature to drop down below 40, or else you will not see any fish at all.
  • As you scout out for a good place to catch trout you need to remember that tail-waters and streams provide steady flow as well as temperature. These slight variations in water movement are alright and you can use them to your advantage.
  • Winter fishing should be done in deeper and slower water. Look for wider holes, deep edges of riffles, flooded brush and undercut banks.
  • Always look for places where feeding is good for trout.
  • Use waxworms, hellgrammites, sculpins and salmon eggs as baits because these have natural actions, scents and profile that are very much attractive to trout.
  • Artificial baits that are scented are also good choices.
  • A good worm trick is to rig it wacky-style before you suspend it under a mini slip-float.
  • It is also recommended to be as mobile as possible. One of the biggest mistakes that anglers can do for winter fishing is standing in a single spot for the whole day.
  • Use small bait, hooks and lures when cold weather trout fishing, the same thing you will do for ice fishing.
  • It is also advisable to use smaller baits for cold weather fishing. Meal worms, maggots, night crawlers and other smaller pieces are ideal to use.
  • Do not forget to keep yourself as warm as possible. Dress properly and bring extra set of clothes kept in waterproof box.

Finally, cold weather trout fishing can be a very fun and exciting experience if you can take precautions. Do not trust the weather because it is very possible that a good morning can turn into a snowy afternoon. So even if you are enjoying your time try to focus on your surrounding too.