What Is The Best Trout Bait?

I found this post today

I thought this post from the HUBPAGES made some good comparisons amongst fishing baits used to catch trout.  The original article can be found at:  http://huntnfish.hubpages.com/hub/Top-5-Trout-Baits

Top 5 Best Trout Baits

After the feedback I got from my Top 5 Trout Lures hub I figured it was only fitting that I list off my favorite trout baits. After all, sometimes there is nothing better than just relaxing on the shoreline, sipping a cold drink, and letting the bait do all the work for you. Also, bait fishing is perfect when taking kids along. I’ll be honest that as of late I don’t use bait as often, so if there is a hot new bait that has hit the fishing world that I’m unaware of, please let me know in the comments section below.

5. Pautzke Salmon Eggs

Soft but Satisfying!

This one has been around forever. The effectiveness of a salmon egg is dependent on two things, the quality of the egg, and the egg cure. Pautzke got both of these right with their eggs. They have been around for over 70 years, so history speaks for itself here, with millions of jars sold since that time.

The good:

  • Shiny texture and perfect size make it a visually attractive bait for fish
  • Inexpensive
  • Keep fairly well
  • Not particularly messy
  • Pleasant smell (at least I think so)

The not so good

  • Sinking (not necessarily bad, just depends on the bait rig)
  • Weaker scent trail than some other baits

How to fish them

Since they are a sinking bait, Pautzke eggs can either be fished under a bobber or float, suspended off the bottom in tandem with a floating bait, drifted along the bottom in current, or added to trolled lures to entice more strikes.

4. Scented Marshmallows

I remember as a kid walking up from Lake Wannacut with my dad observing a fellow fisherman with an impressive haul of trout. My father asked what he was using and he told us marshmallows. I was confused to say the least. Of course, he wasn’t referring to the kind I had been roasting over the fire just the night before, but rather scented dyed marshmallows, produced with trout fishing in mind. Atlas-Mikes are a favorite brand of many fisherman.

The good

  • Inexpensive
  • Very Floaty (unless they start to go stale)
  • Variety of scents and colors, with the option of glitter
  • Relatively unmessy

The not so good

  • Don’t keep as well as some other baits (be sure to keep the jar closed, and keep water out)

How to fish

Since this is a floating bait, rig as usual using an egg sinker or split shot, and suspend off the bottom. Additional sinking baits, a salmon egg for example, can be added to the rig to create an attention grabbing trout buffet.

3. Nightcrawlers

The nightcrawler is the oldest bait on my list, and arguably one of the oldest baits of all times. They catch fish in saltwater, fresh water, rivers, lakes, anywhere really. I’ve caught bass, flounder, dog fish, perch, crappy, bluegill, and of course trout, as well as many other species of fish, all on nightcrawlers.

The good

  • Catch a variety of fish in addition to trout, you never know what you might pull up
  • Available most places
  • You can dig, or even farm your own
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Best “action” of any of the baits listed here

The not so good

  • Some may object to the use of live bait
  • Difficult to thread on the hook
  • Sinking
  • Slimy and messy
  • Do not keep well (keep cool, damp and dark for best life, but still only a few weeks at tops)
  • Minimal scent trail

How to fish

Just like salmon eggs. Suspend from a bobber or float, float off the bottom with a marshmallow or other floating bait, drift in the current, or add to a trolled or cast lure. For most trout, a whole nightcrawler is overkill, half or third of a worm will do just fine.

2. Berkley Power Eggs

Berkley Power Eggs are a fairly recent addition to the trout fisherman’s arsenal. They are the less messy and longer lasting cousin of dough style baits. The traditional egg style are likely the most popular, however the same formula is available in numerous other shapes, with one of my personal favorites being the Honey Worm.

The good

  • Low mess
  • A wide variety of colors, styles, scents, and glitter patterns
  • Stay on the hook very well
  • Very long shelf life
  • Good scent dispersion https://via..iagra-uk/

The not so good

  • Pricey
  • About the furthest thing from a natural bait as you can get

How to fish

The egg style of bait is a floating formula, so fish similarly to the marshmallow baits. Either use one of multiple eggs per hook. When using some of their other molded baits, the Honey Worms for example, be aware that they naturally sink, so keep this in mind when tying your rigs.

1. Berkley Powerbait Dough Bait

I know I’ll probably get a little flack from a couple fisherman for picking an artificial bait for the number one spot, but my rationale is simple: Berkley Powerbait has put the most fish in my boat. For a substantial stretch of my childhood, the question was never what bait to use, but simply what color of Powerbait to use.

The good

  • Mold-able, easy to cover whole hook while still keeping it bite size
  • Wide variety of colors, scents, and added glitters
  • Floats
  • Relatively long shelf life (just keep the lids tight)
  • Absorb and hold additional scents well

The not so good

  • Messy
  • Somewhat off-putting smell
  • Expensive
  • Doesn’t stay on the hook as well as others (mostly only a problem with old bait)

How to fish

Form a ball of the dough just large enough to cover the hook completely. Fish as you would the other floating bait like Power Eggs or Marshmallows.


So there you go, my top 5 trout baits. All have caught me fish, and I’m sure each one will do the same for you. Add scent to any of these baits to further increase their fish catching potential. No go catch some trout!



If you go to his hub page you can vote for one of the five baits.  Click here to vote.  The results of the pole when I looked at is were, Powerbait dough at 29% and Powerbait eggs at29%.  That means that nearly 60% of the voters prefer Berkley’s Powerbait.  But only 7 people had voted including me.  Lets see the tally after a bunch more votes.