My friends at Seven Fish recently posted a video on casting spinners for some of our put & take trout. There are some excellent fishing tips in the video, take a few minutes and watch it!
That reminded me a similar video from a few years back, and besides the spinners you can catch those trout on small crankbaits and spoons too!
If I am fishing one of our put & take trout fisheries, I often start by casting and retrieve an artificial lure. I prefer small crankbaits like the Countdown Rapala, Husky Jerk or X-Rap, but a variety of spoons and spinners work too. I like to start with that presentation because I can cover water and find fish.
Whenever I am fishing those artificial baits I am watching for fish as much as I am trying to catch them. Often you will see trout flash at the baits, or see them follow the baits (always wear those polarized sunglasses!). If I am not actually catching fish on those artificial baits, at least I am discovering where there are trout. Then, if I need to, I can slow down with other presentations to get them to bite. You cannot catch ’em where they ain’t, you gotta find fish first!