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Canada’s 11 All-time Top Lures for Brookies, Browns, Cutthroats, Lakers and Rainbows

The Trout Takers

Tackle trout across the land with these spoons, spinners, jigs and plugs

Canadian anglers have long had a love affair with trout, seduced by their sleek beauty and the clear, cold waters they call home. Despite their popularity, however, trout can be notoriously finicky. So if you want to consistently catch them, it pays to go with the lures that have proven effective over time. In celebration of this spring’s trout openers across the land, here are the top 10 trout lures you need to have in your tacklebox.

Mepps Aglia

Mepps Aglia
Mepps Aglia

More Mepps Aglia in-line spinners have been sold than any other single lure in Canada, and as we know, the consumer is always right. In this instance, they’re absolutely correct that the Aglia is dynamite on trout. The reliably rotating blade produces an alluring combination of vibration and flash, even at slow speeds, making it effective in stained or clear waters, under the cover of darkness or on the brightest days. And it’s compact and heavy enough to cast—ideal for shore-bound anglers—or troll. With six sizes, 32 blade colours and an optional dressing, the Aglia offers plenty of options. As a rule, stick to the undressed version for smaller stream trout, and dressed versions when large fish are on the menu.

Catch: Brook, brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout

Where: Streams and rivers; ponds and small lakes

When: All seasons under all conditions

How: In streams and rivers, cast across the current and retrieve slowly; in large rivers, it can be fished deep from a boat using a three-way swivel. It’s effective in lakes of all sizes when cast or trolled, with weight added as needed

Ken Bailey

Ken Bailey

An all-around hunter, Ken Bailey enjoys pursuing waterfowl the most. Based in Edmonton, Outdoor Canada's longtime hunting editor Ken Bailey has hunted every major Canadian game animal, in every corner of the country. For many years, he’s shared his deep knowledge of game behaviour, and wide expertise with all manner of firearms with OC's readers. His work has been recognized numerous times by both the Outdoor Writers of Canada and the National Magazine Awards. Ken is a committed conservationist, dedicated to habitat preservation, sustainable harvests, and passing along our hunting heritage to the next generation. He's also an avid fly fisherman, and a pretty darn good game chef.

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