How to Fish With a Spoon? Fishing Tips and Tricks That Work

Fishing with a spoon is a modality in which a specific type of lure is used to make the prey bite. This is shaped like leaves and is made of metal . At the moment in which it is fishing it rotates in a similar way to a propeller and this causes vibrations to be created that could be compared to those produced by the movement that some small fish have, indicative, for the larger ones, that they walk around there.

The way in which operations are carried out with this type of lure is as follows: In predatory fish, the spoon activates an organ, called the lateral line, when it starts to rotate . This system makes the fish feel the movement of objects at a distance and even the changes produced in the flow of water.

It is in this way that even the smallest fish can defend themselves from their predators, thanks to that special detection they have. By practicing this type of fishing, the imitation of fish is also produced through flashes in the water (in sight) and the creation of sound waves in the water (hearing); Quite a sensory combo!

Spoon fishing is used, above all, to capture certain species such as trout, pike or largemouth bass , as they are the most attracted predators to this type of lure. It is also a suitable modality for salmonid fishing in areas with little current or under grasses and branches.

The equipment we need to fish with a spoon is very basic and easy to get , so it won’t be a big investment.


What is necessary to be able to practice this modality is:

  • Cane: length between 1.30 and 1.80 meters. In addition, it must have about three rings so that the cast does not slow down.
  • Nylon: It must be very thin, so that the spoon can move smoothly.
  • Reel : It must have a covered spool and a length of 100 meters maximum.
  • Spoon: No distinction should be made between fast and slow waters. Each fisherman must select the type of spoon that best suits the fishing conditions, his capacities and the prey he wishes to obtain.

There are several tricks to fishing with a spoon. Here is a review of the most significant:

  • Recover continuously. In this way, we do not modify the rhythm that has been reached in each cast. Only in this way can the spoon show all its charms in terms of reflections and vibrations.
  • Changes in depth and rhythm. This is the opposite case to the previous one, since the collection speed must be adjusted to each external modification. In this way, an attack by the prey is stimulated.
  • Fish deep . If the trout are large, it is much better to let the spoon drop to the bottom and rise slowly.
  • Frog technique . The teaspoon must be thrown to the surface of the water so that it floats and when trying to pull it back, imitate small jumps. The fish is usually thrown on the lure itself.
  • Stop the teaspoon dry . The move is actually called ‘killing the spoon’. The spoon stops, although it is gaining depth. The fish bites the moment it begins its recovery in the water.

How to choose the perfect fishing spoon and what types are there?

For teaspoon fishing we have to take into account many different circumstances, such as the flow of the river, its depth, the weather, the verdigris that the river has or not. For this reason, there are different types of spoon, to be used according to each case.

Classification according to the shape of your shovel

Next, we are going to classify them based on the shape of your shovel:


Rounded or flat blade

It is a teaspoon that has a wide blade. Due to its shape, it rotates a lot in the water and it does so well off the axis, forming a 90 degree angle with it. This type of shovel is used mainly in rivers. They are perfect for upstream fishing, where we make the cast and attract the prey towards our position, being the way in which the fish has less time to act.

Oval blade

It is a slightly wider lure than the previous one. It is a type of intermediate spoon compared to the others and is not usually used much by fishermen. The one that is most used is the one whose design has a black background and yellow dots since, on certain occasions, it is the most useful. It is used in clear waters, since with it it is not necessary to emit flashes and the fish are not scared. It can also be used in cloudy water, as here the black background also looks very good.

Olive leaf

It has a very narrow blade that ends in a point. Due to its narrowness, very little frictional force is exerted with the water. For this reason, the rotation of the spoon is very close to the axis. This type is perfect for fishing against the current or throwing down and collecting in the opposite direction or when we want to launch towards the other end of the river and collect in an arc. It is suitable in still waters or where there is no current variation.

Classification according to the material in which the spoon is made

Next we are going to make a small note about the differences depending on the material in which the lure is made:


It is the most used for all rivers. If it is burned with a match it can shine, but this is removed by rubbing it with the sand.


It is used in rivers that have a mud bottom or that have a small layer of verdigris.


It is the most specific for the beginning of the season, where the rivers are more loaded with water.


Due to their color they should be used in clear waters, during the summer season. It can be used as a cricket-like lure. It turns blue and is used when the sun goes down.

Best species and places to fish with a spoon

Fishing with a spoon is not usually a guarantee to obtain many fish, but this is not because of its effectiveness, but because there are fewer and fewer fish in our waters. For this reason, it is why these “lures” are being developed better and better to be used as an essential fishing tool.

Even so, there are always certain species that are easier to capture with this element and we want you to know them.



In the case of predators there are several important species that we can get with some ease: the walleye, the black bass and the pike . All of them can be located in reservoirs (such as those in the Guadalquivir basins), inland seas (such as Orellana) or in rivers (such as Tormes or Esla).

This tool is especially important for hunting in difficult fishing areas with difficult environments full of rocks, obstacles or deeper areas.


This group includes trout, salmon, sea bass, and lake trout . These species can be located in many rivers of our geography. In fact, many fish farms are being created where they can be caught in a playful way.

Seabass and sea bream

These types of fish are found in the sea. The undulating spoon is used for this . This is a sheet of varying thickness that is twisted in order to generate a wiggle. Before this movement, the fish suffer an awakening of their killer instinct.

This type of spoon can be used for different types of fishing such as jigging, light casting or trolling . They are not the favorite lure for fishermen, although they have an incredible ability to get catches in the most adverse situations.

They are also used to fish with a spoon from the coast , so that they can be cast upstream with the most suitable type of lure for each situation at sea, always finding the most ferocious specimens of these species. Keep reading and thank you from

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