Trout fishing is an all-American pastime. Trout are plentiful throughout much of the United States, and they are a great beginner fish. Most Americans can find trout fisheries in their own states or even their local parks and watersheds. Trout fishing has a very low start-up cost and can be done on a budget, many families chose trout fishing as the beginning hobby to introduce children to the outdoors due to the low costs and ease of access to areas where trout are plentiful.
In some areas of the United States, you may need to obtain a fishing license prior to fishing for trout. Always check local regulations before fishing. Oftentimes, local, state and national parks are your best bets for trout fishing. Many offer maps and fishing forecasts that are useful for planning a successful fishing trip. Use of a boat or raft is not required for trout fishing, but may be helpful to gain access to less crowded areas, especially during peak fishing times. A well-maintained spinning rod, basic lures and smaller hooks are truly all that is needed to get started.
Trout tend to prefer smaller bait, spinners that are less than ¼ ounce are recommended and it is a good idea to match the color of your lure to the species you are fishing. Nightcrawlers are the most popular bait and are low in investment, but can be messy and baiting with them is not for the squeamish. Insect larva and minnows also are trustworthy choices but present similar upkeep. If choosing imitator lures, select those that are smaller and darker colors. Trout can be off-put by bright colors, especially in high traffic areas, so select naturally-colored items. Trout are intelligent fish and can be a worthy adversary, approach them with respect to their natural habitat.