Trout Fishing with PowerBait

PowerBait Basics

Trout fishing with PowerBait is ideal for bank fishing on a lake.  Once you have rigged your rod and baited the hook,  cast out into the lake and prop up your pole.  Now you can sit and wait for a bite.  If the trout are there than you will get a bite.  Trout just love the stuff.  Every buddy has an different idea about what rig to use for PowerBait.  I found this article that has a good description of a easy rig to set up and use.

How To Use PowerBait

Okay, this might seem simple enough, after all you just form your PowerBait into a ball around your hook and your good to go, right? Well technically yes, but there are some tips and techniques that can make your use of it much more effective. That’s what this article is about. How to use this synthetic bait in the most effective and efficient way so that you can catch more fish. For the purposes of this article, I’m going to focus on the bait that comes in little jars, and is mainly used to fish for trout. Not any trout, but mainly stocked trout. In my experience, native trout aren’t nearly as interested in PowerBait as their stocked cousins (who were born and grew up in a hatchery somewhere). The other thing that I’ve noticed about fishing with this type of bait is that it is most effective in still fishing situations, rather than in rivers and streams.

That being said, let’s get down to the business of how to use this jarred bait. As I eluded to earlier, I’m going to focus on still fishing with PowerBait, because still fishing is the most effective way to use this form of synthetic bait. The important factor to remember when still fishing with it is the fact that it floats. If for same reason you have a form of synthetic bait that doesn’t float, get some that does. The bait floating is a key to success. You see, when your synthetic bait floats, and is rigged properly (which you will learn in this article) it then floats above any underwater debris that might cause you problems. The other thing to remember when fishing in this manner is to always use light line. In my opinion anything over six-pound test is overkill. As I said, we’re mostly fishing for trout when using this type of bait, and trout have very keen eyesight. If your fishing line is too heavy, the trout can see it underwater, and if this is the case, they will tend not to bite. So make sure that you’re employing light fishing line (no heavier than six-pound test) when using PowerBait to fish for trout. The best way to make a PowerBait rig is this: grab the end of your line and slip on an egg sinker (1/4 to ½ an ounce). You need enough weight to keep your rig on the bottom, and that’s it, so if it’s windy, you’ll need a heavier sinker. Once the egg sinker has been slipped onto the line tie on a barrel swivel (size 10 or 12) as a “stopper”. At this point tie on a set of pre-tied #8 or #10 gang hooks. Gang hooks give you the ability to double the amount of bait that you have floating off of the bottom. Now add enough PowerBait to each hook to completely cover each hook. This is the rig and the best way to use this type of bait. Now cast this rig out and let it sink. Once it’s on bottom, simply reel in the slack line until your line is completely taught. You’re incidentally going to want to rest you rod against some sort of solid object. Now you wait for bites. You can tell you’re getting a bite because the rod tip will begin to bounce. Another great tip is to make sure that you’re fishing at the most opportune times Having the weather and/or moon in your favor makes a huge difference in the amount of bites you will get. If you’ve ever wondered how to use PowerBait, this is it. This technique (rig) is extremely effective when using this “play dough” as bait. If you ever wondered how to use this type of bait, now you know. Trevor Kugler is co-founder of and an avid angler. He has more than 20 years experience fishing for all types of fish, and 15 years of business and internet experience. He currently raises his three year old daughter in the heart of trout fishing country…..Montana! Get Fishing Tips & Techniques Twice A Month For FREE – Source:

My PowerBait Rig

The only difference between Trevor’s rig and my rig is I use a single hook instead of ganged hooks.  Also I use ultra lite rod and reel with 2 lb line.  Here is a drawing of the rig I use. I love fishing with PowerBait.  All the tackle I need can be carried in my pockets.  Actually I use a butt bag.  Two or Three jars of PowerBait in different colors and something to sit on is all I need.  This technique is also great for kids to use. Berkley makes so many different colors of PowerBait that it is hard to choose which to buy.  I like to have chartreuse, yellow and rainbow.  Get them with sparkles if available.  The cost varies  from $3.00 to $6.00 per jar.  I buy mine after the season closes.  Actually I buy a lot of my fishing gear during closeout sales.

A Must Have Tool: The Dough Bait Press

The only draw back to PowerBait is it is messy and very sticky.  If you don’t clean up after baiting the hook you’ll have the stuff all over your equipment.  Enter the Dough Bait Press.  This is a great tool.  I with I had thought of it first.  Watch this video and I think you’ll agree with me that this tool is a must have.  The Trout Berry comes in two sizes. You can buy both together for less than $5.00.  If you want more information or want to buy  the Dough Bait Press click this link. Here is another PowerBait tool with more instruction about using PowerBait.  This is a little long but it is my favorite video about using PowerBait.   Well that is about all I have on PowerBait.  I hope you will give it a try.  Please comment on this article and blog. -Mike

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  10. Jim says:

    Thanks for the informative article, I’ll give it a try tomorrow.

  11. Brett Allen says:

    Is there a way to rig up a bubble with what you have listed above? I am just thinking it may be easier for my kiddos to watch a bubble? I am new at this as well.


    • Mike says:

      I am not sure what you mean. If you are talking about a bobber in place of a bubble then yes you can. But a bobber will be seen by the fish when you move it or reel it in.

  12. buddha says:

    Thanks for the great info,gonna try it this weekend.

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  14. Rueben R says:

    I have using power bate has long as I can remember I started fishing at the age of 7
    my Grand Father use to take me and my brothers fishing and power bate was the bate
    for trout my Grand father Ray Alva

  15. Bobby J says:

    One way to use a bobber (or bubble) with powerbait is to use it combination with a pole holder. I made one with PVC pipe large enough to hold the butt end of your pole. I drilled some holes in angle iron and the pipe to accept bolts. Wrap the ends of the bolts that stick out with duct tape to keep the line from snagging on them. You can also use radiator clamps as well. After casting out, put the rod in the holder. To use the bobber, take a paper clip or some solder wire and bend it to make a “J” shape on each end. Clip the bobber on one end of the paper clip and place the other end of the clip over the line that is between the eyelet on your pole that is closet to the reel and the next one up on the pole. Pull the bobber down a little bit (or pull some line off the reel) until the bobber is hanging at about the height of the reel or a little below. When the fish takes the bait, the bobber moves up until the line is tight. Slip the bobber off the line and set the hook. I rarely miss one using this method. It’s the ultimate in lazy man fishing and a good way to fish with the kids. They can watch the bobber and you can flip lures or sit and have a beer. The only drawback to powerbait is if you are NOT keeping the fish. Almost all of them will not survive if you throw them back because most of the time the hook is down their throat, so if you don’t plan to keep the fish, use lures with barbless hooks or crimp down the barbson your lures — it’s much better for the fish.

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