On numerous occasions we have discussed spring time trophy trout fishing, and each time, it is mentioned that artificial baits, especially mullet imitation types, are the most popular and productive baits.
So, what are some of the most popular artificials?
Rather than giving my opinion on the topic, I visited with several local fishing guides and other anglers who target the big trout during the spring.
One common trait of the baits is that they are slow moving and/or slow sinking. Among the most popular choices is the well known Paul Brown Original, otherwise known as Corkies. Those baits are slow sinking and resemble a small fin fish falling from near the surface.
Super Spooks, Super Spook Juniors, Maniac Mullets and a number of Mirrolures also were mentioned. While soft plastics were mentioned, no particular one stood out; however, the Limetruse Bass Assassins and Down South varieties were often designated as favorites.
Capt. Mike Williams, a former field tester for Mirrolure, had several that he relied upon and feels are the best for big trout.
The 51M54, with black backs, silver sides and also with reflectors black belly or gold sided, is one that is not mentioned often, as Williams feels that anglers that use this lure keep it tight lipped.
Williams rated the 51M54 as five star and gave it the name “The Black Bandit.”
Others mentioned were the 52M series and the 60M54. The 60M54 is hard to find, as it is out of production.
Only one of the group mentioned live bait and that was Andrew Taylor who feels that fingerling mullet, fished under a small cork such as a mauler, is the best choice.