The Trout

Stream trout are considered some of the most beautiful fish to catch without a fish finder; even the settings they are normally caught in are perfect. They are a cold water fish and require water with high-oxygen content in order to survive. Stream trout require moving waters when spawning, it keeps their eggs aerated. There are four different types of stream trout: brook, brown, rainbow and cutthroat.

Lake trout are considered the ‘denizens of the deep’ mostly because they can reach a weight of about 30 to 40 pounds at best. They prefer water colder than any other gamefish, usually between 48 and 52ºF and cannot survive in water warmer than 65ºF. During the summer months, Lakers may descend to 100 feet in depth. Lakers also prefer infertile lakes because the fish cannot make use of the deep cold water if there is not enough oxygen. Because of this, lake trout are most often found in the cold sterile lakes of the Canadian Shield, the Great Lakes and in the deep mountain lakes in the west.

Lake trout have extremely good vision but rely on their lateral line and sense of smell since little light reaches the depths they swim at. They feed mostly on aquatic insects, worms, crustaceans and sometimes other fish depending where they live. They usually feed only in the day, unless they inhabit shallow waters where they will feed in the dim lights. Lake trout also have an uncanny top ability to be able to cover large depths to get food. For example a Laker will go from 80 feet deep to 50 feet easily. They are able to do this because they burp up air through a duct connecting their esophagus to their swim bladder.

What does The Keel SystemTM do?

  • Action mimics a distressed or injured bait fish.
  • Erratic movement makes it easier for trout to spot its prey.
  • Added flash off keel for better visibility.
  • Will not spin even in the choppy lake water that trout love.

The Trout and The Keel Difference

Types of Trout

Rainbow trout are known for the pinkish band along their sides; often they have black spots over silver flanks and tail. Brown trout have yellowish or light brown flanks with black and orange spots usually with lighter halos. The tail may or may not have some spots near the top. Brook trout are often called speckled trout because of their red spots with blue halos and other lighter colored spots. They are usually brownish to greenish in color with pale worm-like markings on their backs. Cutthroat trout have reddish orange slash marks on their throats, hence their name. They are covered in black spots like rainbow trout but their sides are more yellow in color.

Lake trout are often light green, gray, dark green, brown or black with a forked tail and light spots. The splake, which is a brook trout, lake trout hybrid often mistaken for cutthroat have light spots on the sides and light worm-like markings on their backs. Their tail is not as deeply forked and the tips are more rounded.

The Keel Difference -Types

The contrast of the white belly to the color of the lure makes this both a good catch for all trout in either low or bright lighting. The rolling action of the lure from side to side will allow the trout to see the movement of the prey lure above it. If low lighting, the white belly and the added flash off the keel will catch the attention of the trout. In brighter lighting, the shadow from the contrasting color of the lure will make it visible to the trout. The kicking tail movement and rolling action also mimic the action of a wounded minnow which triggers the trout to strike at its weak opponent.


Stream trout rely on insects in both adult and larval form for their diets. Lake-dwelling stream trout however do eat small fish especially as they grow older and if they inhabit a warmer stream. Other foods for these trout include crustaceans, worms, frogs, plankton and fish eggs. Many fishers must try to ‘match the hatch’ to catch trout. Brown trout for example are very picky about what they eat. Rainbow trout can be selective but will not be as choosy as the brown trout. Cutthroat and brook will take almost anything you throw at them.

The Keel Difference - Prey

The Lake Trout has superb vision and senses so it's important to place a fishing lure in the water that acts like a fish and will entice the lake trout to bite. If the fishing lure is being pulled (speed of boat) or reeled in too quickly (speed and angle of line) it could cause a regular fishing lure to spin and even scare the trout away because of its wariness. However, the life-like action of the Reel Keel™ and the lack of spin with change in speed, will strengthen your chances in catching a hungry trout. It will continue its wounded minnow act (swimming straight while rolling side to side and wagging its tailend) even when speed in increased.


Brook trout are considered the easiest to catch because they normally live in the upper regions of streams where the water is about 54ºF, their preferred temperature. Rainbows prefer waters at about 55ºF and like relatively swift water. Cutthroats are mainly found in the west but stay in the same temperature of water as rainbow trout. Brown trout are considered the hardest to catch and live in slower moving warmer streams at about 65ºF.

The Keel Difference - Temperature

The Reel Keel™ Fishing Lure- The Best Fishing Lures On The Planet- can be purchased online, and used at different suspending depths, so if the water is too warm up top and you need to get down low to get to your trout, you can. These depth fishing lures are especially effective for Lake Trout in the world.


Our Recommended Lures for Trout

These are what our Pro Fishermen recommend for trout. You may find other colors that work for you in your particular location. The lures listed below are the #400 SERIES ONLY. For our full color listing and #300 Series, head over to our Fishing Store.

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Black Headband Trout Fishing LureBlack Headband Trout Fishing Lure
HBRK401 Black on Silver

Black Trout Fishing LureBlack Trout Fishing Lure
SRK418 Black

Black Stripe Trout Fishing LureBlack Stripe Trout Fishing Lure
SRK417 Black on Silver Stripe
Blue Headband Trout Fishing LureBlue Headband Trout Fishing Lure
HBRK406 Blue on Silver
Blue Trout Fishing LureBlue Trout Fishing Lure
SRK423 Black on Blue
Gold Headband Trout Fishing LureGold Headband Trout Fishing Lure
HBRK405 Gold on Silver
Gold Trout Fishing LureGold Trout Fishing Lure
SRK422 Black on Gold

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