Skip to main content

These Plugs Will Hook More Trout

Smaller plugs have precise action and cast well on light spinning gear.

These Plugs Will Hook More Trout

Wild rainbow trout caught and released on the Boise River, Idaho. (Shutterstock image)

Small plugs are highly effective and largely overlooked when it comes to fishing for rainbow trout in rivers and streams.

In particular, they give big fish a look at a big bait. Manufacturers are rapidly developing smaller plugs with precise actions that will cast well on light spinning gear.

Click here to subscribe to Game & Fish Magazine

Here are the best of the best:

Rapala Hot Shot

TroutPlugs
Rapala Hot Shot

The 70 series, 1.5-inch plug is made for backtrolling and drift-fishing rivers and streams for trout. Multiple colors. Larger series work well as divers with hook removed. $7

Rapala Ultra Light Minnow

TroutPlugs
Rapala Ultra Light Minnow

Built for long casting in rivers and streams with 2- to 3-foot target depth zones. 1 1/2-inch and 2 1/2-inch versions; unique lip yields wobble/roll action, detailed scale/eye design. $8

Mag Lips 2.0 & 2.5

TroutPlugs
Mag Lips 2.0 & 2.5

Featuring a skip-beat action, both the 2-inch and 2 1/2-inch Mag Lips can be fished multiple ways in rivers and streams. 20 color designs. $7

F4 FlatFish

TroutPlugs
F4 FlatFish

At 1.5 inches, this versatile plug is designed to backtroll, or be fished from an anchored position in the current, or cast and swung in rivers and small streams. Multiple colors. $6

Berkley Flicker Shad

TroutPlugs
Berkley Flicker Shad

Available in 1/6 and 2/7 ounces. Made for shallow fishing, precise diving depth, rattle, flash and roll action. $5




GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

Recent Videos

Taylor is a known turkey killer in her family, and this year is no different. After an enjoyable gobbling morning, a war...
Gear

Trika Rods

Taylor is a known turkey killer in her family, and this year is no different. After an enjoyable gobbling morning, a war...
Gear

New Shimano Baitcasters

Taylor is a known turkey killer in her family, and this year is no different. After an enjoyable gobbling morning, a war...
Hunting

Incredible Turkey Audio: Tommy Allen Punches his Minnesota Tag IN THE SNOW

Taylor is a known turkey killer in her family, and this year is no different. After an enjoyable gobbling morning, a war...
Destinations

First Turkey Ever: Perfect Conditions Make for a Short Hunt

Taylor is a known turkey killer in her family, and this year is no different. After an enjoyable gobbling morning, a war...
Fishing

Bass Crash Course: Bass Froggin' Game Plan

Taylor is a known turkey killer in her family, and this year is no different. After an enjoyable gobbling morning, a war...
Videos

What to Know Before Going Off-Road

Taylor is a known turkey killer in her family, and this year is no different. After an enjoyable gobbling morning, a war...
Learn

Off-Road Safety Tips and Techniques

Taylor is a known turkey killer in her family, and this year is no different. After an enjoyable gobbling morning, a war...
Gear

The Right Tires for Off-Roading

Taylor is a known turkey killer in her family, and this year is no different. After an enjoyable gobbling morning, a war...
Learn

Bass Crash Course: Shallow-Water Power Lures

Taylor is a known turkey killer in her family, and this year is no different. After an enjoyable gobbling morning, a war...
Destinations

Minnesota Double Down: First Visit to New Farm Goes Perfectly

Taylor is a known turkey killer in her family, and this year is no different. After an enjoyable gobbling morning, a war...
Fishing

Bass Crash Course: Bass Fishing in the Wind

Taylor is a known turkey killer in her family, and this year is no different. After an enjoyable gobbling morning, a war...
Hunting

She Kills The Biggest Bird of the Year

Game & Fish Magazine Covers Print and Tablet Versions

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

Buy Digital Single Issues

Magazine App Logo

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the Game & Fish App

Other Magazines

See All Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get the top Game & Fish stories delivered right to your inbox every week.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Game & Fish subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Enjoying What You're Reading?

Get a Full Year
of Guns & Ammo
& Digital Access.

Offer only for new subscribers.

Subscribe Now