Best 13 Trout Lures [2021 Update]

Trout are one of North America’s favorite fish species, and with these trout lures, you will have no more trouble in catching them.

There are 11 different species of trout in North America, and they all have slightly different behaviors and habitats that mean that different lures work differently depending on the species.

This article highlights the best trout lures available on the market and why we like them. We have found 10 of the very best from the most popular trout brands around such as Trout Magnet, Mepps Aglia, and Rapala.

Quick Summary – Best Trout Lures

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Best for Rainbow Trout
Best for Brown Trout
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Dynamic Lures Trout Fishing Lure | Multiple BB Chamber Inside | (2) - Size 10 Treble Hooks | For...
Rapala Original Floater 05 Fishing Lures ( Fishing Lures (Firetiger, Size- 2)
Mepps 500676#3 Aglia Assortment Dressed Basser Kit
Type
Crankbait
Crankbait
Spinner
Length
2.25" to 3"
2" to 5"
4"
Colors
17 Variations
8 Variations
6 Variations
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Best for Rainbow Trout
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Dynamic Lures Trout Fishing Lure | Multiple BB Chamber Inside | (2) - Size 10 Treble Hooks | For...
Type
Crankbait
Length
2.25" to 3"
Colors
17 Variations
Price
Prime
More Info
Preview
Rapala Original Floater 05 Fishing Lures ( Fishing Lures (Firetiger, Size- 2)
Type
Crankbait
Length
2" to 5"
Colors
8 Variations
Price
Prime
-
More Info
Best for Brown Trout
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Mepps 500676#3 Aglia Assortment Dressed Basser Kit
Type
Spinner
Length
4"
Colors
6 Variations
Prime
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More Info

Best 10 Trout Lures

We have broken down each of the best lures by species of trout so that you can pick the exact model that suits your fishing requirements.

1. Dynamic Lures Trout Fishing Lure

Overall Score – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Best Rainbow Trout Lure

The dynamic lures trout lure is one of the most popular crankbaits on the market. It has a slender design with a small front lip and multiple rattling ball bearings inside to attract the trout’s attention. These are shallow lures that target 0-4 feet deep depending on the model that are ideal for clear water in rivers and lakes. It is made from sturdy ABS plastic so that it won’t get damaged from larger trout.

At this price, and with 17 different color variations, it is hard to beat. Make sure you put a few of these in your tackle box so that you can change depending on what the fish are biting. They are also available in two different sizes – 2.25″ and 3″.

Two size #10 treble hooks are attached by split rings, so you get two chances to hook a hungry trout.

It is always a good idea to carry multiple lures with different attracting methods – for example, this lure with a rattling BB inside, and a sparkling spinnerbait to use sunlight.

Dynamic Lures Trout Fishing Lure | Multiple BB Chamber Inside | (2) - Size 10 Treble Hooks | For...
  • Slender, Low Profile Crankbait Design, Small Lipped
  • Slow Sinking Top Water Lure, Optimal Depth 0-2 feet, and real-life like profile
  • Multiple BB Inner Chamber design maintains balance through the water, prevents rolling and mimics real life baitfish

2. Leland Lures Trout Magnet

Overall Score – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Best Cutthroat Trout Lure

Another extremely popular trout brand is the trout magnet. The shad dart head design and split tail means that the lure falls horizontally so it is still effective even when it is not being retrieved. It will flow naturally downstream so gives you more options about how to put the bait in front of the fish when trout fishing in rivers and lakes.

They are extremely light at 1/64 ounces and it can be jigged with tiny 1-3 inch twitches of the rod tip. You have ultimate control over the movement and behavior of this fishing lure. So it will become more effective as you learn how to use it to catch trout.

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  • Unique shad dart head and split tail allows the lure to fall horizontally
  • Flows naturally with the stream
  • Use constant 1-inch to 3-inch twitches of the rod tip

3. Mepps Spinners

Overall Score – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Best Brown Trout Lure

Mepps are another popular fishing lure brand for trout, and the Aglia is one of their best – we will go into more detail about the spinners in the Dolly Varden section. This recommendation is a kit of 6 different Mepps spinners. This combination gives you different spinner and skirt colors so that you can adjust your lure depending on what the fish are looking for.

They have solid brass bodies and the blades are either copper, brass, or silver/gold plated.

These fishing lures are hand assembled in the USA and are of a very high quality.

Mepps 500676#3 Aglia Assortment Dressed Basser Kit
  • Solid brass bodies
  • Spinner blades are silver or gold plated, Copper, or Polished brass
  • Beads are hand-turned on a lathe to resist chipping and cracking

4. Rapala Countdown

Overall Score – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Best Brook Trout Lure

The Rapala countdown is the standard for controlled depth lures. If you want to get down to a certain depth in clear water without getting stuck in weed or structure, then this is the fish lure for you. It is designed to run at 7-10 feet deep and is suitable for larger trout.

It is made from balsa wood and is sturdy and will last for years.

One of the features of the Rapala Countdown design is its consistent sinking rate of 1 foot per second. This allows you to really predict and control the depth of your lure at any point in time. If there is a particular underwater log or hollow in your target lake or stream that you want to target, then this lure is ideal.

Every single lure is hand tuned and tank tested so that it will swim with its unique action straight out of the packet, every time.

There are plenty of different colors available so that you can adjust to put the perfect color in front of the hungry brook trout.

Weight – 7/16 oz

Length – 3 1/2 inch

Running Depth – 7-10 feet

Rapala Countdown 7/16 Oz Fishing lure (Brook Trout, Size- 3.5)
  • Balsa Construction
  • Custom Swimming Action
  • Controlled Depth Technique

5. Rebel Lures Teeny Wee Frog

Overall Score – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Best Bull Trout Lure

Rebel Lures make a few different designs of lures from the teeny crawfish to this teeny wee frog. There are three different models depending on the size and depth that they retrieve at. The colors are very close to realistic frog colors – we recommend finding out what your local frogs look like and trying to pick a color that is as close to them as possible.

Cast and retrieve with an erratic action to try and mimic the behavior of a real frog trying to escape a hungry bull trout.

If you like this then have a look at their similar Rebel Jointed Minnow.

Rebel Lures Wee Frog Ultralight Crankbait Fishing Lure, Green Bullfrog, Teeny Wee Frog (1/8 oz)
  • The Rebel Teeny Wee Frog looks just like a real frog and fish love to eat frogs
  • Work the Teeny Wee Frog slowly on top to mimic a frog that’s dazed and confused, or bring it in with sweeps of the rod tip to create a realistic frog action
  • Tremendously effective in clear-water streams

6. Mepps Aglia Spinner

Overall Score – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Best Dolly Varden Trout Lure

The Mepps Aglia Spinner is claimed to be the world’s number 1 fishing lure. I have no idea if that is true or not but it is certainly one of my favorites. They are cheap in price and available in a huge range of colors, both in the blade and the beads.

At only 1/6 ounce in weight, these are a good combination of good casting distance and robust design that won’t get bent when a big Dolly Varden takes a bite on one.

There are also different sizes so you can get the exact sized lure for the fish you are targeting. Mepps have a great reputation for quality so you don’t need to worry about this lure breaking or not performing.

The Mepps Aglia Spinner gives off an attractive flash and vibration that will make aggressive trout strike.

Mepps B4 HC Aglia - Plain Trbl, Size 4
  • Color:HOT CHARTREUSE
  • Package weight:0.022 pounds
  • Package Dimension:12.192 centimeters LX 3.302 centimeters WX0.254 centimeters HX

7. Rapala Original Floater Lure

Overall Score – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Best Lake Trout Lure

It does not matter what fish you are targeting, you should always have a Rapala Original in your tackle box, but especially for lake trout. This classic bait has proven itself under a variety of conditions for years.

Like the countdown above, the original is made from balsa wood, and is available in different sizes and colors.

You really can’t go past a rapala classic lure like this one. Ideal for beginners and experienced anglers.

For different options by Rapala, another design is the Blue Fox Vibrax.

Rapala Original Floater 05 Fishing Lures ( Fishing Lures (Firetiger, Size- 2)
  • Balsa Wood Construction
  • Natural Minnow Profile
  • Stainless Through Wire Construction

8. Trout Magnet Ultimate Kit

Overall Score – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Best Trout Lure Kit

If you want everything you need in one place, then have a look for a trout lure kit. This trout magnet contains 85 pieces including floats, fluoro leader, fishing line, hooks, and split tail bodies. This gives you a wide variety of colors so that you can play around until you find something the trout are looking for.

Like described above, the trout magnet body falls horizontally, so allows you to catch fish even when the lure is floating in a fast flowing river or sinking through the water column directly next to structure.

This comes in a good sized box that can fit in your tackle box or even fishing vest. It is made in USA from high quality plastic that won’t tear when a fish strikes.

Trout Magnet Ultimate Bundle - 85 Piece Neon Grub Kit, 350 yd Trout S.O.S. Spool, 100% Fluorocarbon...
  • All you need to fish the Trout Magnet System; catches anything that swims and will out-fish any lure on the stream for trout; will not work without the right line and floats
  • Named one of the top lures of all time by Field and Stream magazine and sold all over America since 1997
  • Trout Magnet hook and body falls horizontally in the water instead of head weight like all other jigs

9. Berkley Trout Powerbait

Overall Score – 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Best Trout Powerbait

Powerbait are a scientifically proven bait that is becoming more and more popular among trout anglers. They have a lifelike movement and are extremely versatile. Unlike hard bodied fishing lures they also have a strong scent that attracts fish. It is claimed that fish will hold on for 18 times longer on a powerbait than a lure, so you have a lot more time to strike and land that big trout.

Berkley manufacturers have been developing powerbait varieties for 25 years and they are available in hundreds of different colors, sizes, and designs. I would encourage everyone to have a look at these, just to get an idea of how many different powerbaits there actually are! I’m sure you can find one that you will be interested in trying out.

Berkley Powerbait are very different to the hard body crankbaits and spinners mentioned above but are just as enticing. Rather than using flash and vibration they use scent and flavor.

Berkley PowerBait Floating Mice Tails Chartreuse/Fluorescent Orange, 3" (13 Count)
  • Combines Salmon Egg and Trout worm into one incredible bait
  • Unique shape replicates "power Mouse" rig for Trout
  • Different head and tail colors for maximum contrast in the water column

10. Copper John Trout Fly

Overall Score – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Best Trout Fly

If you are looking for high quality, professionally made, hand tied trout flies, then check out the Copper John. Copper John are a famous fly design and are extremely lifelike in their appearance. Even if you are a beginner at fly fishing you will have success with a fly like this.

This product comes with a pack of 12 flies – 3 each of 4 different hook sizes. And they use Mustard hooks which are the premier hook manufacturer so you don’t need to worry about low quality hooks that will bend and lose that big fish.

Flies Direct BH Copper John Assortment 1 Dozen Trout Fishing Flies
  • Hand-tied by professionals who take great pride in their craftsmanship
  • Flies are tied using high quality Mustard hooks
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

11. Panther Martin Trout Lure

Overall Score – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Panther Martin is a famous, bestselling blade spinnerbait that is renowned amongst trout anglers. It has a convex/concave blade that sends out sonic vibrations. These vibrations are designed to attract inquisitive trout. The weighted body allows for long casting distances and to go deeper in clear lakes and rivers. The heavy sinker also allows this lure to get deeper to the fish even in fast flowing streams.

It also has sharp treble hooks to keep that trophy trout on the line.

The unique holographic colors reflect sunlight which attracts trout from further away. They are especially effective in low light conditions when the sparkling light really stands out.

It is available in 17 different colors and 6 sizes from 1/16 oz to 3/8 oz. Beware the smaller sizes can have trouble casting in windy conditions.

There are also plenty of packs available to get multiple sizes and colors so that you can change up to find what the trout are interested in.

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12. Luhr Jensen Krocodile Lure

Overall Score – 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Luhr Jensen is another popular brand with a great reputation, and the Krocodile design is a great option for trout anglers. It is simple in its design with a spinning blade made from polished, corrosion resistant metal. It has a treble hook attached. There are 11 different colors and sizes available.

The polished blade gives maximum flashing of sunlight to attract hungry trout. Some of the colors include silver reflex, blue mackerel, fire tiger, and rainbow trout.

This is a versatile lure which I would recommend all trout anglers keep a few in their tackle box. It is also effective against other popular species like largemouth bass.

Length – 3/16 – 5/16 inch

Weight – 1 oz

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  • 2-1/4-Ounce
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13. Yakima Rooster Tail Lure

Overall Score – 3/5 ⭐⭐⭐

The Rooster Tail lure combines the spinnerbait blade to through off sunlight, and a pulsating hackle tail to attract the strike. The lure is weighted for additional casting distance. There are 18 different colors available, so make sure you learn what your local trout are feeding on so that you can match the hatch as closely as possible.

The wire is stainless steel and the hackle tail are hand tied for a higher quality construction, and is painted with durable paint for a quality finish. You don’t want to lose color after a few bites from a hungry trout.

We generally recommend getting a few different sizes and colors in your tackle bag so that you can try out different baits until you find one that works.

While this article is focused on trout fishing, the rooster tail is also suitable for bass and panfish, like crappie and bluegill.

Weight – 1/16 to 1/4 oz

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Buying Guide for Trout Lures

But just buying the right lure is not enough – you also need to be able to use it. That is an entirely new topic in itself.

I have put together this brief overview of what to look for when making your purchase decision for trout lures.

Trout Lure Color

The best trout lure color is to match the food source of the local trout, so select a lure of a similar size, shape, and color to mimic their primary food source.

The color of your lure plays a big impact on whether the trout view it as a food source worth biting, another trout worth fighting, or a stick worth ignoring.

The classic advice is to ‘match the hatch’ – this means to find out what the trout are naturally feeding on and to select a lure of a similar size, shape, and color. This will give you a greater chance of mimicking their primary food source.

If you are fishing at depth then consider a blue color as this is one of the last colors to disappear due to the low light.

Metallic colors are also useful as they are similar to the flashes of fish scales as the light hits it.

Trout Lure Size

The best size for trout lures is to match the size of the primary food source for local trout which is generally between 1.5 and 3.5 inches. Make sure to also match the color to mimic the local bait source.

The size of lure you pick is an important factor, particularly if you are chasing trophy sized trout. Picking a large lure might increase your likelihood of catching a large fish, but it will also reduce your likelihood of catching small fish.

There are a few types of strategies you can take with trout – give them a small enough lure that they swallow the entire thing whole or a large enough lure that they want to bite it out of a territorial need.

This also depends on the time of year – are they feeding strongly to build up enough size for winter, or are they in protection mode around spawning season.

My general rule is to give yourself enough options that if one sized lure isn’t working then switch to a different one.

Best Trout Lure Video

RobbieFishing has put together this video showcasing the 4 best trout lures that you want to have in your tackle box at all times:

Conclusion

That brings us to the end of our article about the best trout lures. There are plenty of other articles on the internet that also have some great lures that are available and work well with trout that might be worth reading.

We have focused on some of the most popular trout lure manufacturers around and ones that we have had success with in the past. There are literally hundreds or thousands of other lures available on the market that could work just as well. Although we can’t test every lure we love going out and finding new lures. If you have any new lures that work well for you please let us know.

If you have your own favorite lure for trout then please leave a comment below so that we can all learn from your experience.

Happy fishing!

Last update on 2021-07-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Russ Egan
 

Russ is an avid angler. He has fished all over the world, primarily for Saltwater game fish but also for local prize fish. Russ writes reviews for all of his fishing gear to help others achieve their own fishing goals. His favorite reel is a Shimano Tyrnos for an overhead reel or a Shimano Curado for a baitcaster. His dream is to catch a Black Marlin.