Welcome to the Best Trout Lures 2021 article from FishingMad. Trout is a wonderful freshwater fish that are popular to target with lures and soft plastics. The volume of trout lures and soft plastics on the market is very extensive which makes it quite confusing for consumers to understand which to choose and why. In our review, we test an extensive range of products and detail our favourite options and why. Taking into account, price, performance, quality, features, colours, durability and availability. Sharing our favourite picks to cover different price points to help you make an informed decision when buying your next trout lures and plastics.

Top 10 Trout lures in 2021

Daiwa Double Clutch

Daiwa Double Clutch

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These Daiwa double clutch hard body minnow lures are one the most popular lures on the market. A versatile suspending twitch that’s suitable for a whole range of fish species not only trout. These lures have a strong swimming action, great colour range and available in multiple sizes including 60mm, 75mm, 95mm, 115mm. The 75mm is a great general-purpose size for trout. There are 29 available colours and some of our favourite colours include ghost wakasagi,  laser perch, kamawutu. These lures work exceptionally well on trout and can be worked with a slow continuous roll or by twitching. The darting action is strong with innovative tungsten sliding weight transfer system and unique bib design and slender profile causes the lure to track straight and deep.

The new versions have revised hooks Owner ST-36BC trebles and a silent Gravity Oscillation System (S-GOS) with its internal dampening washers keeping lure noise to a minimum. These are widely available from most fishing shops and online stores and retails on average for $20

OSP Bent Minnow 76

OSP Bent Minnow

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Specs – OSP Bent Minnow 76 | Length: 76mm | Weight: 4.3g | Type: Floating

Released way back in 2009 the OSP Bent minnow continues to be the industry standard when it comes to surface lures. These pencil baits have a strong swimming action and are ideal for a whole range of fish species including trout. The unique bent shape mimics a wonder minnow on the top of the water column. With a darting 3D action that naturally sways from left to right. This creates movement, splashing and noise to attract nearby trout. There are 24 colours available our favourites include P-74 and P-83.

OSP Bent minnows are widely available from most fishing shops and online stores and sell on average for $34. It’s a steep price to pay however these lures offer great versatility and can be used on many species in a variety of fishing methods.

 

Berkley t-tail minnow

Berkley T-Tail minnow

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The Berkley T-Tail minnow paddle tail is a great soft plastic choice when targeting trout. Available in 2.6 inch and 3-inch sizes and 5 realistic colours. Including Pink glow, green pumpkin, olive pearl, bronze pearl and our favourite black/gold sparkle. As the name suggests the T-Tail paddle tail has a really strong swimming action and the rounded profile allows for easy rigging of this plastic.   and Redfin loves soft plastics and the Zman Slim Swimz paddle tail is one of the very best options. These soft plastics have been very popular amongst bream fisherman however they are equally as effective on redfin and now available in colours and sized perfectly for targeting reddies. Some of our favourite redfin colours include motor oil, calico candy, electric chicken, mood ring and UV pink. We have fished both the 2.5-inch size and 3-inch size with great success.

All Berkley’s Powerbait products have a unique scent and flavour of their own which appeal to the fish and compel them to take a bite. These plastics mimic a baitfish and have a strong tail action and can be fished in a variety of ways including a simple slow roll or fished with lifts and pauses. We have done well rigging these with 1/8 jig head and 1/12 hws jig heads in shallow waters. These plastics offer great versatility and can be used on many species in a variety of fishing methods. However, the best thing about these plastics is the price point at $9 per packet which includes 12 soft plastics provides anglers with remarkable value.

 

Strike Pro Bob n Spoon

Strike Pro Bob n Spoon

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Specs – inking, 7.3 grams, 5.5 cm long, 1 single treble, Downer ST36 trebles size 8, 12 available colour options natural and brights in UV and non UV.

The strike pro Bob n Spoon is a great option for trout and significantly cheaper than other trout spoons on the market. Weighing 7.3 grams these spoons cast a long way, yet has a very slow-sinking action to keep the spoon in the strike zone. This means this can also be worked really well in shallow water situations. The treble surprisingly sits on the front of the lure, however, the action on these spoons is fantastic doing a simple slow roll at a slow or medium pace they reminded me of a Bent Minnow or a Tassie devil as it darted from side to side. This was all to do with the hollow moulded plastic design which feels strange in your hand but fishes well.

These are widely available from most fishing shops and online stores and sell on average for $14 which is cheaper than other metal spoons on the market.

 

Rapala F5 / Rapala CD 5

Rapala F5 Floating Minnow

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The Rapala trout minnow lures have withstood the test of time. There has been a little variation to the design of this old-time classic which is still as popular today as it was many years ago. these lures look great and have a strong swimming action which is irresistible to many fish species, especially trout.

There are several options in the range however it really comes down to whether you need a floating ( F series ) or sinking lure ( CD – countdown ). Both of which are valuable in different fishing situations. The F series working exceptionally well in shallow streams. Whilst the countdown series a great option in slightly deeper water or along with the structure. These lures are made from Balsa Construction with natural minnow profile, have Stainless Steel Through Wire Construction, Hand Tuned and Tank-Tested and finally fitted with quality VMC hooks

These are widely available from most fishing shops and online stores and sell on average for $15. Best Trout Lures 2021.

 

Bullet 3cm and Five-0 minnow

Bullet Five-0 minnow

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The range of bullet lures hit the market several years ago and have become very popular amongst freshwater anglers for trout and redfin. Bullet lures come in 2 different offerings, with their own range of colours, and sink/floating/suspending options. Firstly the smaller 3cm standard minnow ( 3.7cm – 4 grams ) that’s equipped with an OWNER treble. Designed for long casting without spooking fish. They have an aggressive swim action there aren’t many other hard body lures of the same size that can cast as far and that’s how it got its name.

Followed by the 5cm 5-0 minnow ( 5cm – 5.4 grams ). The Five-0 Minnow is equipped with two Owner #10 ST36 trebles and Owner Split rings which can be a little fragile at times. Bullet lures are sold from selected tackle shops generally for around $15 each. Please refer to the Bullet lure website for a list of local resellers.

 

Daiwa DR jointed minnow

Daiwa DR Jointed minnow 5F

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Specs – Floating | Jointed | Made in Japan | 50mm length | 2.8g weight | 1m depth

The split joint lures was a fad that comes and goes from time to time. However, the Daiwa DR jointed 5F minnow is one of our favourite lures in shallow lakes and streams. Stocked trout find this lure irresistible when worked slowly with a continuous roll matter of fact so do the bigger trout too. Available in 6 colours our favourites include Pink Yamame and Black Gold. Clever designed and highly refined the jointed model combines trout colour schemes, an erratic wounded baitfish action with superb castability to deliver anglers a new jointed minnow.

The square-shaped bib produces an erratic action when wound slowly and is ideally suited to still or slow-flowing water. The jointed body section generates an erratic wiggling action that will appeal to many and will be eaten by plenty. These can be tricky to find these days and retails on average for $20. Best Trout Lures 2021

 

Tasmanian Devil Blade

Tasmanian Devil Blade

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The tassie devils have also been around for a very long time. In 2021 these lures took on a new variation with a spinner blade available in 2 sizes 3.8gms and 5.4gms and 10 different colours. The blade provides a distinct action as it spins through the water. Custom Tasmanian Devil paint designs that have been created specifically for freshwater species particularly redfin. Each lure is equipped with a quality terminal tackle and VMC treble hooks.

These are widely available from most fishing shops and online stores and retails on average for $7.

 

Pontoon 21 Paco spoon 

Pontoon 21 Paco Spoon

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The Pontoon 21 paco spoons were released on the market several years ago and are widely considered one of the Best Redfin Lures 2021. These spoons come in 2 sizes and 10 colours and cast great distances which are appealing to land-based freshwater anglers. With a profile size of 45mm long version that weighs in at 10.5 grams and a larger 54mm that weighs 14 grams. These spoons are also excellent on species such as trout, estuary perch and Bass.

The Paco spoons come in a good colour range some of our favourites include Yamame fire and Golden shad. These spoons are such a simple design and require the angler to add action. That being said we have found casting these followed by a simple slow roll works remarkably well. These lures retail for $17 and are available at certain stores and online retailers. Best Trout Lures 2021

 

Daiwa Presso minnow

Daiwa Presso Minnow

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Specs – Floating ( 60mm – 3.2 grams ) / ( 95 mm – 10 grams ) – both 1 meters deep

The Daiwa Presso minnow hard-body lure is an excellent choice for trout. With has a slender profile mimicking a small baitfish. Available in 2 sizes the 60mm and 90mm versions which both dive down to 1 meter. This minnow style lures has beautiful finishes and a strong swimming action, this lure works great in shallow waters worked or trolled. These lures feature 3D realistic eyes, ultra-sharp chemically sharpened trebles and are painted internally with chip-proof paint.

These hard body lures have a stunning shimmering finish and some of our favourite colours include Wakasagi, Yamam redbelly. The lure employs a magnet-assisted weight system guaranteeing the maximum cast performance. The only downside to these lures is the cost and $25 for a minnow style hard body lure is a steep price point.

 

Vibrax spinner

Blue Fox Vibrax Spinners

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The humble spinner has been around for as long I can remember. A no-frills option that has stood the test of time and still as effective on trout today as they ever have been. The new Blue Fox Vibrax Fluorescent is an iconic spinner blade that incorporates new fluoro finishes. Available in Size 1 ( 4 grams ), Size 2 ( 6 grams ). This spinner is a mid-depth product running at between 0.6 – 1.2 meters with a patented two-part main body that emits low-frequency vibrations, while virtually eliminating line twist thanks to Blue Fox’s Anti Line-Twist design.

Each Vibrax Fluorescent comes fitted with a rattling, free-turning brass gear connected to a stainless steel shaft, attached to the fluoro bell painted blade and finished with a sharp VMC hook. These are widely available from most fishing shops and online stores and retails on average for $9.

 

You-Zuri Pins Minnow

 

Yo-Zuri Pins Minnow

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Specs – Floating ( 50mm 1.79 grams, 70mm 3.54 grams, 90mm 7.09 grams ) dives to 1 meter deep

The You_zuri pins minnows are stylish minnows with beautiful flashy holographic finishes which trout find irresistible. Available in 3 different sizes 50mm 1.79 grams, 70mm 3.54 grams, 90mm 7.09 grams. These slender hard body minnows are a floating style and have a small bib that dives down to roughly 1 meter deep. With has a slender profile mimicking a small baitfish. This minnow style lure has beautiful finishes and strong swimming action, this lure works great in shallow waters worked or trolled. These lures feature 3D realistic eyes, ultra-sharp chemically sharpened trebles.

 

Honourable mentions of best trout lures in 2021

Highly recommended Best Redfin Lures 2021 great products which just missed out in our top 10.

  • Nories Wasabi spoon
  • strike tiger nymph
  • Squidgy wriggler
  • Jackall Colt minnow 65 ( good for shallow waters )
  • Savage Gear Gravity twitch minnow
  • Fish arrow j-shad soft plastic
  • Halco Laserpro 45
  • Nories laydown minnows
  • EcoGear mx48
  • Duo Spearhead Ryuki Quattro and 70S
  • Gulp 3-inch minnows
  • Zipbaits Rigge 46
  • Jackson Trout Tune
  • Daiwa Steez shad
  • ecogear SX43
  • Savage Gear Fat Vibes
  • Squidgy biotough wriggler
  • Rapala X-RAP XR6
  • Cranka Minnow
  • Zman GrubZ
  • Daiwa tournament spike
  • TT switchblades
  • Berkley shimmer fork
  • Daiwa bait junkie minnow
  • Savage Gear fat tail spin
  • Kietech swim impact 3 inch
  • Vortex spinnerbaits
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