Fishing With Corn for Trout [Cheap Bait for Success]

Fishing With Corn for Trout

When someone mentions fishing for trout ...

Many people will instantly think about a guy standing in the water with his waders on, and fly fishing.

However, trout can be caught on numerous lures and baits including, spoons, spinner, maggots and more.

But what about fishing with corn for trout?

Beginners often associate corn with carp, but this cheap and versatile bait can be used for trout fishing too.

You will just have to know how to use it properly.

Here I am going to explain more about it, in the following chapters:



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Does Trout Fishing With Corn Work?

Fishing with corn for trout actually works very well.

Anglers like to use it in the early season, when insects, eaten by trout, are not yet hatched.

Trout naturally eat a variety of food, including insects, small fish, worms and similar creatures.

There are a few reasons why anglers like it, and why trout will bite it.

Corn is cheap, easy to use and to transport.

You also have the option to buy canned, or dry feed corn which is even cheaper, and cook it yourself.

Corn stays on a hook very well, and it is resistant.

You do not have to worry a lot that it will fall off. I will tell you more about how to rig a corn in the following chapters.

Another thing why trout will eat corn is that some of them are used to the smell and taste of it.

Trout from hatcheries, used for stacking lakes and ponds, are fed with fish meal which contains corn, before they are released to a desired location.

Some will say that they like the taste, while others will argue that trout are attracted by bright colors.

It doesn't matter which statement is more accurate, because corn works well for trout.

If you are trout fishing in a murky water, bright, yellow, corn will certainly be very visible.

Of course, farm raised trout is more likely to bite corn than the wild one.

You can try to catch a wild one with corn but there is a high chance it will not work.

There are better secret baits for wild ones.

Is it legal or illegal to Fish Trout with Corn?

Fishing with corn for trout is mostly legal.

The thing is, corn as bait is allowed almost everywhere, but prebaiting with corn is not.

These rules are not connected to a certain fish specie but with a location.

Using corn for prebaiting, especially excessive amounts, will make water dirty and full of it.

Always be aware of local rules and regulations and obey them.

For example, in the USA, corn as bait is legal in the majority of states, but prebaiting with it is allowed in about a half.

You can find detailed information regarding each state online.

And that is for public waters. Private ponds can have more strict regulations and the owners can decide not to allow certain baits.

Some places allow only the use of artificial lures, and no real baits.

In Canada, corn is allowed as bait, but there are prebaiting restrictions in some locations.

Keep in mind that laws can change and you should check up-to-date information on the official websites.

When it comes to trout fishing in Europe, every country has its own rules, and corn is legal in many of them, at least as bait.

There have been some debates in the UK about the usage of colored sweet corn, but it hasn’t been banned yet.

That may change in the future, so always check before you go fishing.

If you search it up online, you will find numerous stories about corn being illegal, and to be honest, I really don’t know where do these stories come from.

Everything is clearly stated on official government websites.

There are great locations for trout fishing all over the world, and if you really want to use specific baits, you can always search for a location where it is allowed.

What Kind of Corn is Used for Trout Fishing?

You can used any kind, but canned, whole kernel, corn is usually among the first choices.

It is not the cheapest, but it is affordable, easy to transport, won’t spoil easily, and it does not have to be cooked.

If you don't have real corn, you can even use artificial corn, and choose between floating or sinking type.

Artificial one won’t get stolen by crayfish, unlike real sweet corn, so this is one of the benefits.

When it comes to real corn, you can use any kind of canned version.

If you have more than one corn type available in cans, opt for shoepeg.

It is a version of sweet corn characterized by small but firm kernels which stay on the hook well.

Dry feed corn is the cheapest option, but it requires long preparation.

To be effective, it has to be flavored.

If you are willing to put some time and effort in it, well prepared dry feed corn can be even better than canned sweet corn.

Dyed and cured corn is the third option.

These are available in fishing stores, but you can also prepare them yourself by adding certain additives and colors.

These can be completely customized and used in all kinds of conditions and locations.

You can buy colors and all kinds of additives in fishing stores.

Depending on a place where you live, you will have at least one, but hopefully more than one, option to choose from.

It is impossible to tell you which option is the best. Choose according to your preferences and skill.

How do You Prepare Corn for Trout Fishing?

If you buy canned, sweet corn, you don’t have to do anything, and you can use it as it is.

It is going to be effective and easy for you to do so.

Those who like to spice things up can add a bit of powdered garlic into it. It has strong and distinctive smell and it will attract fish from far away.

Dry corn has to be prepared!

STEP #1: You should put it in a bowl of water and let it sit for about 12 hours, ideally overnight.

STEP #2: Then you will have to cook it.

Make sure the pot has enough of water. Add more during cooking if necessary.

Cook on lower heat for about 45 minutes to 1 hour. The corn has to be soft, but it shouldn't break. The kernels have to remain whole.

STEP #3: When the corn is cooked, get it out of the water.

Unseasoned corn like this will not be highly effective.

To make it more attractive to trout, you will have to add a bit of taste.

You can add artificial sweeteners from tackle stores, and use them in a way that the manufacturer described.

If you wish, you can add molasses for natural sweetness.

To make corn more attractive or visible, you can add coloring too. It is also available in tackle stores.

Spiced and colored corn is highly effective, not just for trout.

It takes some time to prepare it, but you will be happy later on.

You can adjust the recipe to completely suit the location and water clarity.

Besides, preparing the corn is easier than preparing the tasty and healthy, freshly caught trout!

How do You Rig Corn for Trout Fishing?

Fishing with corn for trout can bring great results, but you have to rig it right.

First of all, avoid using large hooks because corn kernels could easily fall of.

While for carp anglers use hair rig to attach corn, for trout you will have to put it directly onto the hook.

Take a hook size 8 or 10, an tie it in the end of your fishing line. It would be best to use a clinch knot.

Take a kernel and thread it onto the hook.

You can use 2 or 3 corn kernels to completely cover the hook.

Add a split shot above the hook, about 6 inches (15 cm) apart.

If you are fishing in faster waters, add additional split shots, to ensure that your bait sinks.

No matter what rig you use, keep in mind that while corn is legal, lead weights are not legal in all locations, especially around national parks in certain locations and states where trout fishing is especially popular.

Six pound line is the one you need for trout fishing, and try to use less visible ones.

Cast it to a location where trout congregate and if everything was done right, and you have a bit of luck, trout will soon start biting.

Except for choosing the right location, you should choose appropriate time for fishing.

Trout are very active in early morning and evening, when the light is low.


Fishing for trout with corn is not as popular as fishing for carp with corn, but it can be very successful.

Corn is cheap and versatile bait, and anyone can use it, even a complete beginner.

Always check the local rules and regulations about baits and use only those which are allowed.

Preparing the corn yourself has many benefits and you can customize it as you want. Don’t be afraid to experiment a bit.

And one more thing, when trout takes your corn, it may swallow it completely before you even notice. Be prepared to take the hooks out from deep in their throats and do this carefully.

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