Rainbows Of Late November

28 Nov

I had planned on the day being cool. I had insured that my gear bag had all the warm goodies for this time of year. Warm hat, gloves, socks, fleece hoodies, and waterproof boots were loaded for a day in the November elements. What I didn’t expect was the fresh snow as I looked out my window. That is fresh snow and snowing currently. Oh well, we had planned for this day so some snow wasn’t going to keep us from our destination.

Carefully I steered my ol’ jeep over and picked up my son at his house, and, met my son-in-law and grandson in their truck there also. We were offer to challenge the Rainbow Trout of Chesterfield Reservoir one last time before the lake began to ice up. The interstate highway wasn’t to bad and eventually we made our destination.

Chesterfield Reservoir is a fine trout fishery located out of Bancroft, Idaho. It’s history provides many stories of some fast growing Rainbow Trout and even a decent Brown Trout on occasion. When Chesterfield has a good water year and not effected by draw down the fishing can be very good. When we don’t have a good water year and the reservoir is effected by severe drawn down by the farmers, then the fishing can be more difficult. Chesterfield has also had a history of the need to be eradicated when the chub and other unwanted fish population becomes a problem. When it is right and Chesterfield is “on”, this lake may be one of the very best trout fisheries in all of Idaho.

Most of my fishing experience on Chesterfield has been from a boat. Today, however, because of the expected cooler weather we had chosen not to bring the boat. Actually, the hunter’s in my group had left a camp trailer at deer camp and we needed to bring the trailer home with us. So we had planned for a day of bank fishing thinking some good trout could be found near shore.

We started off fishing off the face of the dam. Cold wind blew in our face making comfort a problem, but, remember we had all prepared for the cold elements. Nothing was happening near the dam as a lot of debris was being blown directly into the face of the dam making retrieving lures or bait troublesome. We decided to move over to the bays on one side of the reservoir hoping to get out of the wind, or, at least as much wind as we had near the dam. We found a nice protected area along the shore that had a high brush line that protected us from the wind.

I spent some time casting Rapala lures and jigs, but, to no avail. I finally decided I might as well try something else and set up my rod with a Salmon Egg power bait, slip sinker, and some shot. Today wasn’t to be my day, but, I sure enjoyed being outdoors and on the water again before ice fishing season starts.

My grandson, Kaleb, and my son, Matt, were the lucky anglers for the day. Two big wonderful Rainbow Trout had visited their baited lines. Unfortunately, one of the big ‘bows came off just as we were reaching for the net. Sorry no pictures for that one, but, it was a splendid Rainbow. Not long after this beautiful Rainbow Trout was hooked and this time netted with pleasure. This is my grandson, Kaleb, with the prize of the day.


Posted by on November 28, 2009 in Fishing Eastern Idaho, Rainbow Trout


12 responses to “Rainbows Of Late November

  1. Fish Whisperer

    November 29, 2009 at 9:45 am

    By the sounds of it, a little cold for me. Congrats to Kaleb on a beautiful trout. Tight lines

  2. Matt

    November 29, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Great Report Mel!It is moments like that, with my grandpa, that I always remember. He always told me that you know you are a true fisherman when you realize that the best part of fishing isn't catching the fish.

  3. troutrageous1

    November 29, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Nice trout and sure an even better memory for Kaleb.

  4. Mel

    November 29, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Matt, Fish Whisperer, Troutrageous1Matt- Thanks for dropping by and reading our latest adventure. Your grandpa was, obviously, a very wise man. It was a memory maker for us all.Fish Whisperer – Kaleb says to tell you thanks for the comment about his fish. It was an uplifting moment for him and definitely enhanced his interest in fishing more.Troutrageous1 – Thank you from Kaleb also. He is pretty proud of his latest catch. Can you blame him?

  5. r. hurd

    December 1, 2009 at 7:48 am

    the slow deer make the fish much more attractive….looks great!r.

  6. Bill

    December 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    It sounds like you had a great day out. That is a beautiful rainbow Kaleb caught!

  7. Fishin Fool

    December 1, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Those are some nice Rainbows! I can't tel whats bigger…the fish or Kaleb's smile!

  8. Mel Moore (aka: Eagle Eyes)

    December 1, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Responding to a few of the comments:R. Hurd – Thanks for the comment on the fish. I have faith your deer hunting season will pick up.Bill – It was an enjoyable day to kind of round out the open water season. Now on to some ice fishing! Kaleb appreciates your comment.Fishin Fool – Enjoyed your comment there. Kaleb says he was trying not to smile. Can you imagine?

  9. Sherri Russell

    December 2, 2009 at 4:56 am

    I agree with what Matt said

  10. The Hunter's Wife

    December 2, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Very nice fish and one of the best ways to share memories with your family.

  11. Mel Moore (aka: Eagle Eyes)

    December 3, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Sherri – I agree with Matt, too, a hundred times over! The memories are what we keep in our hearts.

  12. Mel Moore (aka: Eagle Eyes)

    December 3, 2009 at 8:10 am

    The Hunters Wife – Jody, it was a great fish and with the ability to blog these days, this fish will last in family memories for a long time.P.S. I can show you where another one is just like that one or bigger. How about a trip out west for you and Mark sometime?


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