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Do Trout Eat Marshmallows?

Trout do eat marshmallows so bring a few on your next fishing trip and try different colors. They can be combined with other baits too.


If you want to catch trout, be prepared with bait. And not only a type! Although bait isn’t something to worry about, in the sense that you have plenty of choices, among which, marshmallows. Who came with the idea to fish trout with marshmallows, might have gone in a sweetwater place or something.


Funny though, anglers do catch trout with marshmallows. And it’s not recent. They’ve been fishing with marshmallows for hundreds of years. Whether they are on trout’s taste or not, they are successful enough. But do trout eat marshmallows for real?


1. Trout eat sugar

Marshmallows work as baits, no doubts on that, but it’s hard to believe that trout enjoy the meals of their life when they fall in the trap of marshmallows, especially for the last part. Marshmallows don’t contain ingredients that trout need. I mean, they are not meatballs. They are balls of sugar. But trout eat sugar, though. Also, most anglers combine marshmallows with other things, such as garlic or juices designed to lure trout through powerful scent.


Marshmallows can be bought from almost everywhere and also homemade. There are some special marshmallows types used in fishing, and very often they are dyed in multiple colors to lure the trout. It’s good to mention that they are smaller than those we’d use at a campfire.

Their sticky texture keeps them glued to the hook, which might be another reason for which anglers use them.


2. Sugar-based baits

Competing with marshmallows in terms of sugary baits, the candies, donuts, chewing gums are used by anglers, as well. Maybe it’s the taste, maybe it’s the smell, maybe it’s the color in these sweet treats that lures the trout. Or, it might be the simple instinct of coming after bait.


3. About marshmallows

Besides many calories, marshmallows consist of tons of sugar, water, and gelatin, which makes it easier for anglers to prepare it at home, had they run out of any other bait. But only if you buy them. If you prepare them yourself, you decide what they contain. Anglers know many recipes, some include garlic which makes the bait even tastier for the trout.


4. About fishing & marshmallows

The tendency of anglers to fish using marshmallows gave manufacturers the opportunity to create flavored marshmallows. And they took advantage, but the result was no longer edible for anglers. And that’s because they come in flavors such as cheese, garlic, shrimp, and all that jazz.

Also, some anglers inject the marshmallows with juice, to make them smell more appealing to the trout. And it works, many anglers said it loud and clear. If you’re interested, with quick research, you can find some specially designed juices for marshmallows.


5. How to use marshmallows for trout fishing?

With their squishy texture, it’s easy to fix them in the hook. Many anglers do a little trick, namely that of combining marshmallows with nightcrawlers. What better way to catch the attention of the trout rather than adding a marshmallow to a worm? The worm would eventually come off the bottom and will increase visibility. Other anglers inject the worms with air to keep them off the bottom. All sorts of tips and tricks.


Marshmallows are tasty for the most part, but not the part where flavors specially designed to catch trout intertwine. It’s better to see common marshmallows and fishing ones as a family of sweets, but each settled down. However, it’s interesting to see how many options in terms of baits, tips and tricks are out there, available in so many colors, flavors, shapes, and so on. It might take some time to inspect all the types of marshmallows, let alone all the types of bait suitable for fishing trout.


Because anglers are not the type of people to break up with tradition, especially a tradition of catching trout with marshmallows, it’s pretty safe to assume that this method will live on as long as fishing will. Even if it disappeared, it would return at a point or another.


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