How to catch trout on corn?

Catching trout on corn is not only fun, but also very effective. In this guide I will attempt to answer all your trout fishing sections when using corn for bait.

Is corn a good bait to use for trout?

Corn is a good bait for catching stock trout, and an average bait for catching wild trout. I recommend fishing corn for three main reasons. It reminds stock trout of fish pellets, it is cheap to buy, and finally it is 100% biodegradable.

Stock trout get raise on a diet of pellets, which are predominantly grain based. Often corn. Corn also somewhat resemble a pellet. So for the stock trout it looks like food, and might even taste somewhat familiar.

When wild trout take corn, they probably have mistaken it for a fish egg, or a small round invertebrate. It is certainly harder to catch wild trout, using corn than it is to trick gullible trout from a recent stocking.

Another big advantage of using corn for bait is the price. It is extremely cheap, several cans of corn can be purchased for the price of a single spinner. This makes it a very affordable way to catch a few fish for the table.

Finally, corn is 100% biodegradable. It is corn, so if you lose the bait it is going to decompose a lot faster than a gum base imitation, and certainly will not litter the lake floor unlike plastic baits. Corn will also be digestive by any trout which manage to swallow it. Fishing with corn is simply more environmentally friendly than using a plastic bait.

Best trout to target on corn?

I will only fish for recently released Brown and Rainbow trout when fishing with corn. While it is possible to catch wild and holdover trout it is more difficult and there are better baits.

Brook trout are also a bit tricker to catch, due to their diet being 99% insect.

Can wild trout be caught on corn?

Yes, wild and native trout can be caught on corn. But it is going to be more challenging. Wild trout rarely feed upon fish pellets, and are use to natural looking prey like insects and small fish.

There are a few exceptions. Wild trout love to feed upon fish eggs, and a round kernel of corn does somewhat resemble that. So when trout are scavenging eggs from the current, corn can be an effective bait.

If you thread several kernels onto a long hook, it also somewhat resembles a long, multi-section creature, which can also fool wild fish at times.

How to rig corn on a hook

It is very easy to fish corn, and there are many different ways to rig it.

One of the simplest is to thread a couple of kernels onto a small hook, then about a foot or two above the hook attach several split shots (small pieces of lead weight) onto the line.

The split shot gives enough weight to cast out the corn a few yards into the current. Then let it float downstream in the current.

How to fish corn in a lake?

When targeting trout in a lake, I like to fish my corn beneath a float. This is a slightly more complicated setup. From the float, I will run a foot or two of leader where I will attach a hook. About 3-4 inches above the hook, I will attach just enough split shot to get the corn to sink.

I then half fill the float with the water, and cast it out to where I hope the trout will be feeding and allow it to float there for a while. When a trout eats the corn, the float will start to move through the water, that is when to set the hook.

What gear do I need to catch trout on corn?

An entry level spinning combo is what I recommend.

  • This should include an ultralight rod, around 6’6” in length. Although it can be slightly longer or shorter and still catch trout just fine.
  • A reliable spinning reel, for recommendation, I suggest checking our spinning reel buyers guide. In it we share what we consider to be the best spinning reels within several price sections.
  • Spool the fishing reel with 4 to 6b monofilament fishing line. Most premium lines are pretty good nowadays. But if you are struggling to decide which line to buy I suggest reading this guide.
  • A package of hooks, in size 10 to 8. Can also use a long shank hook if you wish to fish several kernels at once.
  • Finally you need a package of split shot. Alternatively a float can be used, but it can be tricky to get the corn to sink below the surface.

The best types of corn to use for trout fishing

I feel the easiest and bes corn to use is sweet corn from a can. It is soft enough to immediately thread onto the hook, plus is has been marinating in corn juices so gives off a lot of scent which might assist in attracting nearby trout.

The next best option is fresh corn. It can even stay on the hook a bit easier than can corn.

The less convenient corn to use is dry corn. Before dry corn can be used it needs to soften overnight in a bowl of water.

Does garlic corn work better than regular corn?

Some fishermen like to add extra scents to their corn. With garlic being a favorite.

I can not say for sure that garlic scent assist in catching trout. But it is a strong aroma and trout do not seem to be put off by it. It certainly does not hurt in my experience.

Is berkely gulp artificial corn better than real corn?

There are several brands of corn imitations on the market, one of the more common ones is Berkely Gulp. It does work, but I do not believe it works any better than real corn. Plus it takes longer to decompose.

One of the main advantages of gulp corn is that a single container can last mutiple fishing trips. While a can of sweet corn must be used within a few days.

Is it legal to catch trout on corn?

It is normally legal to use corn anywhere bait fishing is allowed. But I always suggest checking your local regulations to make sure.

Using corn will not be allowed in lure or spinning only waters. Although, in some institutions artificial corn might be allowed while the real stuff is banned

Do trout swallow hooks more often with corn?

It is true, trout are more likely to swallow corn than an artificial lure or even fly. I suspect it is because corn is soft, so trout do not realise something is wrong until it is too late.


Will, I hope I have been able to answer all of your questions. Any further feel free to ask below in the comments.

If you want to know how to catch larger or wild trout on bait. I suggest fishing minnows, they can be deadly on large brown trout after dark.

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