Some easy tips for success with spring trout fishing!

It’s spring, the water is cold, and the fishing is still slow. So here I sit, writing a few simple tips that can help you succeed in your hunt for the year’s first trout in open water!

Over the years, I’ve picked up a few things that I think work well in the spring. I use lures that have nice swimming actions when moving slowly. But not too aggressive. I don’t think fish respond to exaggerated movements of the bait when the water is still cold.

Some alternatives that I’ve enjoyed good fishing with are: Rapala BX Minnow, Rapala Shadow Rap Shad and Storm’s 360GT Searchbait. Something these three baits have in common is that they are nice and consistent in their action when you reel them in slowly.

When it comes to colors, I often go for natural colors. But something with blue and/or orange is something I often pull out and which has caught me a lot of good fish during spring fishing. Some alternatives here are: Rapala BX Minnow in the colors TR and RT, Rapala Shadow Rap Shad in the colors BGH, TRI, HLW and Storm 360GT Searchbait in the colors WB, GD and HDI.

When I fish this time of the year, I fish the bait quite a bit calmer than usual. I reel in slowly, with just some small twitches at the end of the rod once in a while. I will pause the lure often during the retrieve. A slow spring trout that slowly follows the bait closely often chooses to get it the moment the bait stops right in front of its nose. I’ve seen repeatedly that it’s the stop & go itself that causes the bite. Be especially patient when you fish for trout in the spring. The fish is still slow and it’s not likely to be hunting in big, open areas yet. Fish thoroughly in all likely looking places and vary your colors. The bite times are usually shorter in cold water but can be all the more intense once they get started. So here it is all about patience, and don’t give up right away!


I hope some of these tips can help you succeed when spring fishing has begun. Good luck to everyone out there!


This article has been translated from Norwegian into English to be able to share the Rapala experience worldwide! You can read all of Inge‘s original blog posts in his native language here: