Trout Fishing with Corn

Corn on fishing hook

There is a wide range of baits available when targeting trout, but one that is highly effective is
corn. Read our guide to fishing with corn and you’ll be surprised how many trout you catch.

Why corn is great for catching trout

Using corn as bait is successful because corn meal is used as the main ingredient in the foods that
trout are fed when they are raised on a fish farm prior to being introduced into a water for fishing
purposes. They are familiar with the smell and recognize it as a food source. Also, the kernels stay on
the hook much better than when using other soft baits and it is inexpensive when compared to
other trout baits, for example salmon fish eggs.

Want to catch more trout? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Trout Fishing.

What kind of corn works best for trout?

Whole kernel

You can use any kind of corn for fishing but the canned, whole kernel variety is generally a
first choice as it has already been prepared Canned whole kernel corn is very easy to transport and has a very good shelf life. You can store any that is left over and re-use it another time and thereby reducing wastage.


Artificial corn has been designed for the purpose of fishing and is available in both a floating and
sinking version. Brands like Berkley and Trout Magnet sell corn scented baits that are inexpensive and work great.

How to bait corn on a hook

Once you’ve decided to use corn for bait it is important that it is hooked in the correct
manner and on the right sized hook. By far the best way to hook corn is to mount it directly onto the
hook which should be either a size 10 or 8. You can choose to use one kernel on the hook or
to thread two or three kernels onto the hook to cover the shank and the point of the barb.

Check out our article on the best hooks for trout fishing.

Tips for catching trout with corn

Frequently asked questions:

  • When using corn as bait, fish it under a bobber or by using a small sinker a few inches above the hook and fish it on the bottom.
  • Cast near structures such as around fallen trees or weed beds in still waters, where trout are known to hunt
  • When fishing in flowing water such as rivers, the trout can usually be found pools, waiting for a meal to come to them
  • Trout can strike very quickly but are also very quick to reject the bait if they suspect something is unnatural, so keep a tight line and set the hook immediately.
  • Use a rod designed for trout or other similar species. Spinning or casting rods will both work for corn.

Is it legal to fish with corn?

In most cases yes, but some states have restrictions. Here’s a good resource for all 50 states: