Trout is widely distributed and stocked in almost any water body that provides cool, clean water, food – such as aquatic insects, minnows and crawfish, and cover and protection from predators.┬áTrout habitats are typically divided into lakes and ponds (still waters) or rivers and streams (moving waters).
FINDING TROUT IN LAKES AND PONDS
In still waters, trout are cruising the water looking for food, but they are cautious to not become exposed to predators in the open water. They are likely to be found near or above aquatic vegetation, rocks, logs or any other hiding area near the stream inlet where cool fresh water and a supply of fresh food can be found. In warmer summer months, trout prefer deeper waters in search of cooler temperatures and to avoid nature’s flying predators.
FINDING TROUT IN RIVERS AND STREAMS
In moving waters, trout are prone to find a preferred spot and wait for the water current to bring food to them, such as aquatic insects adrift in the current. Similar to still water trout, freshwater trout are also looking protection from predators and a place to rest from the current. Try fishing behind rocks or other structure with mild ripples showing on the surface. Also, try your hand near steep or undercut banks, and in deeper, slower pools.