25 Jun

In Eastern Idaho, where I live, June has been a very wet month. Record rains have dumped on our area like none I can remember. My son-in-law mentioned that it had rained in some amount for (22) consecutive days! Now that is a lot of water. We have water where water isn’t usually common along road sides, in overflowing ditches, in farmers fields, in lakes that don’t usually have full capacity, and sure enough, water ripping down our local streams. Not that I am complaining. Eastern Idaho needs the water. It has just caused havoc when I have been able to fish during the rain delays. Even when fishing during the rain, (I have done that, too) it seems that off colored water is everywhere and you have to watch out for obstacles in the stream or river you fish. The Snake River through Idaho Falls has had massive trees washed out and floating down the river until they lodge up against something to slow them down. Their piling up along the bridge structure and up against the dams. Gem Lake currently has one of their main boat launching sites closed because of all the debris in the water.

I prefer to write posts that include pictures of my topic, but, I did not have my camera with me as I toured the river area and Gem Lake checking out the water. I will leave that up to your imaginations.

I have been fortunate enough to give the testy trout at Chesterfield Reservoir some reason to strike a Panther Martin spinner or pounce on a Countdown Rapala. Just enough to stir up my appetite for some better weather and fishing conditions.

Also made a trip down to Condie Reservoir trying to find some cleaner water to fish in. Even though it probably was too early to find any shallow water Bluegills due to the very wet and cool early season, we thought we might run into some some feisty Largemouth Bass. Condie has special regulations on the Largemouth. Trying to locate some big ol’ Bass (20 inches or bigger) kept us interested. However, our group didn’t land any of the big Bass. Bluegills were deep and not very interested in what we offered. To top the day off, it did cloud up and rain like cats and dogs.

On the way home we had to drive about 40 MPH as the truck was having transmission problems and wouldn’t shift properly. Greatful to be out amongst the water, the fish, and the weather. Very thankful to be home when we finally made it.


Posted by on June 25, 2009 in Fishing Eastern Idaho



  1. Othmar Vohringer

    June 25, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    It sure was a wet spring, even here in Merritt where we have less than 20 days rain per year it rained almost all of June so far.The lakes and rivers are full water to capacity but yet the fishing remains very good. Actually i find it better then last year with the exception of the fast flowing and muddy rivers.-ov-

  2. Extreme Outdoors

    June 26, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Twenty-two days of rain sounds like a nightmare! You won't have to worry about a drought, but it certainly does a number to the fishing. It's good you got out there, though. You'll never know if the fish are biting if you don't give it a try.

  3. Shoreman

    June 26, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Hey Mel. We've been cool as opposed to wet. Damn rain will certainly put a damper on your fishing. We like it because it keeps the surrounding woods from getting too dry. We live with the threat of wildfire every summer. Glad you're getting back to fishing again.

  4. kais4795

    June 26, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    The weather has been crazy everywhere this year. It does make the fishing tough, but I guess without the water, we wouldn't be doing much anyway. Should make for good fishing the rest of the summer when it clears.

  5. Mel

    June 26, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Othmar – I am not sure Eastern Idaho has a Spring season! As I write this, it has been another day of lots of rain and hail. Glad you are getting in some time on the lakes in your area. Get well, my friend.Extreme Outdoors – Your right, no drought this season in Eastern Idaho. I am sure we need the water so it is just a matter of perseverance until the weather settles. Should be a good summer season. Thanks for the comment.Shoreman – I really feel for those in California during wildfires. Wish we could somehow push some of this rain down your way for some support before it gets to dry. Someday, my fish will come!kais4795 – Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment on my blog. I am looking forward to a good summer season and even better fall season. Should be fun!


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