Best Places to Fish for Stillwater Trout
By Susan Miller
, last updated December 25, 2011
The best places to fish for stillwater trout depend on the fishermen you talk to, because every fisherman has his own favorite spot where he will swear you can catch the best lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout or other stillwater trout in the world. Some of the most popular places that offer plenty of the excitement of fishing for trout that live in still waters are the great lakes, particularly Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, Helena, Montana's Spring Meadow Lake, Steamboat Lake State Park in Colorado, and Ashton Reservoir in Idaho.
If this is your first time fishing for stillwater trout, you may want to enlist the services of a fishing guide just to get you off to a good start. Most state tourism bureaus can help you find one, but don't waste your time in the southern half of the U. S. because trout don't live in those waters. Trout like cool water; thus, they are typically found in the northernnmost states of the U.S. in rivers, streams and lakes.
If you're more experienced and would rather plan your own trip, you will want to start by first doing some online research. Most states have Departments of Natural Resources that list the best places to fish for stillwater trout and any other kind of fishing you wish to do. For example, Michigan's Department of Natural Resources has a page on its website that shows every species of fish that lives in Michigan waters. You just click on the species you're most interested in fishing for, and it takes you to a page that tells you what you need to know about that type of fish. From that page you can go to a map of the state. The counties that have the best waters for that type of fish are designated. Pick one county and you will get a list of the names of lakes and streams where you can go to catch those fish. It doesn't get much easier than that to find the best places to fish. From there, just work with the tourism bureau of that county to find out where to stay.
Wisconsin's state DNR has a 15-page list of its lakes that have been stocked with trout. The list tells you what county each lake is in, what type of fish its been stocked with and even how many. Minnesota's DNR has a similar list that gives the same information, all except for how many each lake has been stocked with. Montana's DNR offers a page to find the best family fishing waters which give you the best chances of catching fish. On this web page, just click on the region of the state you plan to visit. That takes you to a page that lists the lakes in that region, the location of each lake, types of fish in each lake and tips of the best months for catching them. Colorado has a page about hot spots for fishing. Just click on the geographic region you're interested in and you'll be taken to a list of waters that have the fish you're interested in along with more information about catching them. Idaho's DNR has a similar offering only it's even more detailed, giving fisherman directions on how to get to the lake or stream of their choice.