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Rainbows Of Late November

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


Fishing Meadow Lake

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.

Thomas Buoyant Spoons I have had success with.

Here is a shot of one of the popular spots to fish from. Look closely and you will see your truly enjoying a day at Meadow Lake.

Actually, this is a pretty poor photo. You can hardly see a few of us fishing from the rock pile as we call it. Need a telephoto lens from where this was taken. By the way, Meadow Lake has a nice campground and picnic area close to shore and is usually quite popular during the dog days of late summer. The road up to the lake can be driven in regular two wheel drive, but, is a narrow mountain dirt road in spots so be careful. As a reminder, this is the land of awesome beauty. Please don’t litter and ruin the experience for others!


Posted by on October 4, 2009 in Fishing Eastern Idaho, Rainbow Trout



Idaho has a new Record Rainbow Trout holder. What a beautiful fish! Congratulations Michelle Williams on your record catch. You have the envy of all of us fisher folks who dream of a fish this size. I won’t be able to sleep at nights for awhile putting this to rest. Oh, and by the way, Happy Birthday to you.

You see, all Michelle Williams of Pingree, Idaho, wanted to do for her 50th birthday was to go fishing. What an exciting present! Michelle’s big Rainbow Trout was a (20) pounder and measured in at (34 & 1/4″s).

She broke the previous state record that had been held for more than (60) years by an angler back in 1947 from Hayden Lake.

Michelle was fishing in the Tilden Bridge area near Pingree and was fishing a worm. She said other anglers were laughing at her thinking she was not reeling in a fish, but, had something else on the end of her bowed rod. The moral to the story is “They stopped laughing when I landed this big fish”. “Nuff said”.



Thought I would share a photo of a nice big Idaho Rainbow Trout taken from one of the forgotten rivers in Idaho. Every body fishes the the well known rivers, right? Well, this river will remain unidentified here as I would rather just share the photo and the story behind it than put this river on the map, again, and have a horde of anglers pounding it and disturbing the beauty and sanctity of it. Please respect my thoughts on this matter.

A couple of notes are necessary here. This fish is 22″ in length and if you look closely you can see the White Rooster Tail spinner in the corner of the mouth of this big guy. My Son -In- Law, Zane, landed this beauty. He says 22″ from his ankle to his knee. Unique way of measuring a fish, I guess! Zane has had good success this summer with Rooster Tail spinners.

The title of this blog post is A Big Rainbow Trout and The Bird!! Well, I guess I should tell you about “The Bird”. Here is a picture!

Sorry folks for misleading you all a bit here. I just had to introduce everyone to my granddaughter Jozee. She is better known in my world as “The Bird”. She earned this nickname early on in life and it just stuck with her. She is “Fibe” years old, she says. She is quite small like a little “Bird”. I guess you can figure out from there how she got her nickname. Grandpa loves ya’ “Bird”.

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Posted by on September 1, 2008 in Fishing Eastern Idaho, Rainbow Trout