As previous posts, today we would like to continue helping all of those Colorado anglers and enthusiasts to become the best angler they can be, and get some recognition for it.

Hoping that your angling skills will improve, we shared valuable information in angling techniques, how and where to apply for your fishing license and some of the best locations in Colorado to go fishing and catch some trophy fish.

Today, we would like to close the chapter and talk about the last, but vital element that you need in order to catch some record worthy fish. It is the correct the bait. Without the right bait, you will be “just another fool”, throwing a line in the river.

Getting Serious

Anyone can catch a fish once in a while, but catching trophy fish is a totally different world. You definitely need patience, skills and good bait. Here are some examples of some of the most popular and efficient baits in the market.

Rebel Wee-Craw

Designed to imitate a crawfish scooting across the bottom, this 2-inch-long crankbait reaches 5-7 feet. Formed with a tucked-under tail by the bill and bulging claws facing the aft treble, the Wee Craw give the appearance of a fleeing crustacean.

Berkley Gulp! Trout Worm

When fish need a finesse presentation, Berkley’s buoyant worms get the job done. Packed with the all-natural Gulp! scent, the Trout Worm suspends off the bottom when fitted with a light wire hook. A good choice for float rigs, three-way rigs, or scaled-down dropshots.

Smithwick Rattlin’ Rogue

A good choice for larger trout, the Rogue offers lots of flash and erratic action, along with the ability to sit motionless – a common strike-triggering tactic. The bait’s nearly neutral buoyancy enables it to hold its position when paused and then dart away with the next twitch. Equipped with internal noisemakers, this Rogue is a good choice for cold or clear water.

Luhr-Jensen Hus Lure

With a narrow profile and compact design, the Hus Lure casts like a bullet and cuts through surface current to reach big-fish depths. An erratic minnow-like action produces strikes with minimal angler-imparted action. Swift currents will “work” the Hus Lure for you, but in lighter flows, slight rod twitches snap the bait forward so it can flutter back into the current.

Rapala Count Down

A consistent sink rate of one foot per second allows for precise targeting of specific depths whether the fish are suspended, at the weed tops or holding on bottom structure. Trolled or cast, this weighted balsa lure swims with a slow-rolling Rapala action.

Blue Fox Vibrax

With a 60° shallow depth blade, this detailed spinner runs from the surface to two feet, so it’s a good choice for shallow scenarios. The die cast and chrome plated body has a laser holographic painted finish and emits sonic vibration when the interior section strikes the outer bell. The treble hook is dressed with calf tail and tinsel for visual appeal and enhanced profile

Strike King Bitsy Minnow

At 1 ¼ inches and 1/8 ounce, this little crank offers a bite-size morsel for feeding trout. Fished on light line, the enticing action and reflective eye makes this little crankbait appealing to fish, while ease of us it a good choice for kids and beginners.


Local Experience

Of course there is nothing better as experience therefore, if you have the chance, try talking to local anglers and ask for their bait selection, probably they will have some interesting suggestions for you.

Now that you have all the basic information to become a skillful angler, all you need is to get out there and enjoy the sessions in the river. Practice hard until you catch one that breaks a record and gives you trophy for your living room.

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