Fishing for Golden or Palomino trout is as easy or hard as fishing for Rainbow trout – with one difference, you may be able to see them a lot easier. That doesn’t mean they’re easier to catch though. After all the Golden trout is really a Golden Rainbow trout. But if you can catch Rainbows, you can catch “Goldens”. I lived in New Jersey for many years and both New Jersey and Pennsylvania stocked Goldens/Palominos every Spring for a while. The best bait? In the spring it was Salmon eggs by far. Mike’s Lucky 7 was the brand I used. I just did a search on Mike’s and found that they have salmon eggs in all different colors and flavors! I just used the orange ones.
The rod was a four foot ultra-light glass. The reel was an ultra-light spinning reel with four pound test. I used one to four split shot ten to twelve inches up from the hook, depending on the current. Goldens are found usually in the head or tail of a pool or in the rapids. Cast your line upstream of where Goldens might be. Here’s the parts that will differ from any other instructions you may encounter:
- Hold your rod tip up high
- Hold the line in the crook of your index finger – you need to be able to detect the slightest “tick” from your line. No matter how big the fish is, they only give you a “tick”!
- It takes a while but you’ll soon be able to detect the “tick”
- When you feel the bite, lift your rod up high
You’ve probably hooked your first Golden, or even a regular Rainbow !
The rest of the year a half of a nightcrawler did the trick. If use a nightcrawler though, you have to let them chew on it a little longer or you’ll pull it out of their mouth.
This might sound like old advice from an old guy, because it is. One more thing to address. I fished for stocked trout every Spring. but I also fished throughout the entire year, and we actually caught some Goldens most of the year. Stocked fish or not, Goldens are fun and this works.