Many fishermen consider trout one of the most finicky and difficult fish to catch. Knowing where to fish can increase the odds of catching one of these elusive fish. Trout prefer cool, clean water that is not overly shallow. Streams and lakes located in rural areas are generally a good bet. Trout tend to congregate where the water is cool and the food is plentiful, so they naturally can be found where fast water meets slow water, where deep water meets shallower water and near rocks, sandbars and around docks or other underwater structures that provide them with a safe place to hide.
When you go fishing can be as important as where you go fishing. Because trout prefer cooler water, spring is probably the best season for trout fishing. Summer is a close second, but it is best to fish earlier in the day before the hot temperatures keep the trout from venturing out for feeding.
It would be impossible to list all of the good fishing spots for catching trout. Even listing the “best” trout fishing spots would be an exercise in futility. Listed below are five unique trout fishing destinations that provide a great fishing experience but each provides a slightly different experience than the other. These fishing spots include locales in North America, South America, Europe and Africa.
1. Roscoe, New York.
Any town that calls itself Trout Town USA has to be near the top of any list of top trout fishing spots. Trout Town USA is located in the Catskill Mountains and boasts numerous rivers, including the Beaverkill River, the Willowemoc River and the east and west branches of the Delaware River, that provide ample fishing for rainbow and brown trout.
2. Missoula, Montana.
The Blackfoot, Cottonwood, Clark Fork and Bitterroot rivers and the Rock Creek provide numerous trout fishing opportunities for trout fishermen in the western part of the United States. These waterways provide a diverse fishing experience surrounded by beautiful natural scenery. It should come as no surprise that the visually stunning fly-fishing movie, “A River Runs Through It” was filmed in and around Missoula.
3. Patagonia, South America.
Patagonia is a bucket-list item for many outdoor adventurers. The cool, clear glacial waters of this area provide another perfect and beautiful spot for trout fishing, which was introduced to this area less than a century ago. But the species thrived and a Patagonia fishermen has the opportunity to hook rainbow, brown, lake and brook trout.
4. Pyrenees Mountain Range, Spain.
The streams and lakes in the Pyrenees provide a long and bountiful trout fishing season. Because of the varying altitudes of these lakes and rivers, there is almost always a water source that is at the optimum water temperature for trout fishing. These lakes and streams also provide a diversity in species of trout, including brown, rainbow, zebra or Mediterranean, and brook trout.
5. South Africa.
The remote nature of the trout fishing areas in South Africa allows the rainbow and brown trout that live there to grow very large. This may be the best place to go to hook “the big one.” The most well-known trout fishing areas in South Africa include KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and the Eastern Cape.
Trout fishermen know that fishing for trout is a challenging yet ultimately rewarding past time. The beauty of the sport is that you can find fishing spots in your hometown or anywhere around the world.