- Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:52 pm
It depends somewhat on what species you want. Reds and trout have different patterns throughout the year. Yes, they can often be caught in the same areas, because no matter what else, they both need to eat and will follow the bait. But in the transition to spring, trout and reds take fairly different tracks. Whereas reds are more temperature tolerant and will follow bait almost anywhere, trout have a more limited range. They can't handle temps as low as a red can (limits where they stack up in winter), so where they are coming from leading to spring is a little more predictable - they winter in deeper water near structure, usually deep mid-bay shell reefs, but other places as well. The trout spawn is basically ongoing from May-September. During those months, females of breeding age will rarely go very far from a good spawning location. When they are ready to spew some eggs, they'll go to the structure where the males are. Once they are done, they'll range out away from that area to be near bait. A good spawning location needs salinity and tidal movement. Structure is also a good indicator.
I would also suggest, if you have the means, that you look into the Troutsupport DVDs. Volumes of information in a clear and concise format that will teach you so much more than I have typed above.