Best Crankbait for Trout?

167235200Q. What size crankbaits would be best for trout? (Rainbow, brown, and brook trout are the ones that I want to catch.) And what type (lipless, pin’s minnow, topwater popper, etc.)

A. The very smallest sized crank baits you can find seem to work best for me. One to two-inches long are the perfect size, with skinny baits working better than fatter ones. I have my best luck on floating minnow baits when I twitch them repeatedly below the surface, as well as with small shallow to medium diving crankbaits that run one to four-feet deep.

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  1. In the fall when stream browns are most aggressive, try using the 2.25″ versions made by Lelands or Dynamic Lures. Work like a charm everytime!

  2. Ugly Duckling 2F (1″) and Ugly Duckling 3F (1 1/4″) are amazing balsa wood floating crankbaits for trout fishing.

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