At least a couple of times a year, I like to head to the high country and try my luck at fishing for trout from the high mountain lakes in my area. One of my favorites is Meadow Lake. This beautiful mountain lake sits at the base of a rock wall high up above just about everything else in the area. Located high in the timber above the old ghost town of Gilmore, Meadow Lake has been a favorite of mine and also of my parents long before me. My dad always said that if he could only fish one place in Idaho, his choice would be Meadow Lake. Not that it has incredible fishing, though it does feature some fun fishing for high mountain Rainbows, but more that it sets in such a spectacular setting. Truly, one of the more beautiful places I have ever laid eyes on.
This picture is taken from the shoreline at Meadow Lake. Notice the rock wall that sits to the rear of this photo. If you look closely at the rock wall that white stuff you see is “snow”. Higher up the rock wall is a lot more snow. This photo was taken in late July. Meadow Lake, I believe, may have the coldest water I have ever fished in. Float tubing it is something that you will never forget! You had better use some warm thermals underneath your neoprene waders if you want to stay warm. I found that out on one of my first trips to Meadow Lake years ago. I would also caution those who go out on to the lake in small boats. Please use your life preservers as this cold water will take it’s toll on anyone accidentally dumped into the lake without proper wear.
A twelve inch Rainbow is a good fish here. There are some bigger, but, for the most part the Rainbow’s are of the foot long variety. The shorter growing season in the high lakes limit food supply and growth. I like to fish here with Spoons or Spinners. Most of my fishing here is done from several spots along the wooded shoreline. Spoons help me cover more of the water, and, deeper parts of the lake.
I like to use Little Cleo’s, or, Thomas Buoyant spoons with some Silver or Gold coloring. Here are a few I use.
These are a couple of my favorite Little Cleo’s.