Last Friday, after spending a little of time on Court in Malad, Idaho, I drove over to Weston Reservoir to spend a few hours fishing. I arrived about 12:00 pm which is a little late in the day for fishing but the Solunar calendar indicated that there was a Minor time for fishing between 1:00 and 2:00. For the first hour everything was really quiet and I was able to catch just one rainbow trout on a size 6 brown bead head woolly bugger. About 1:30 the fishing picked up and I caught 8 rainbow trout in about 30 minutes of fishing. I caught all of these rainbows either on a double renegade or single renegade. I had quite a few more strikes where I wasn’t able to hook up with the fish. I was just happy that I out-fished the two guys with Power-bait.
Weston Reservoir also has Bluegill, Yellow Perch, and Smallmouth Bass. I saw some 12-16″ Smallmouth bass cruising the shore line but they didn’t show any interest in any of the flies tossed in their direction.
Brown/Olive Woolly Bugger – Bead Head
Double Renegade, size 12
Renegade, sizes 12-14
My family and I went fishing on Hawkins Reservoir near Arimo, Idaho last Friday (April 22, 2016). The fishing was pretty slow. My wife caught one 12″ rainbow on a size 12 bead head prince nymph. I spent most of the time rigging kids poles or untying messes so my fishing was pretty limited. We used clear plastic casting bubbles (3-Pack Casting Bubbles 1 1/8″ X 1 3/4″) and a variety of flies – dark colored wooly worms, hare’s ears nymphs, damsel fly nymphs, and prince nymphs. Hawkins is a family friendly fishery that contains rainbow and cutthroat trout and is regularly stocked with rainbow trout. See http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/fish/?getPage=231 for a stocking schedule.
Size 12 Beadhead Prince Nymph
I wandered off my normal beaten path and took my son to Sublett Reservoir in Cassia County. The water was very very low and the reservoir doesn’t have much left to it. We caught one 14″ rainbow on a green bead head woolly bugger. I had more strikes but the fishing were just nipping at the tail end of the fly so strikes didn’t result in hook ups.
When we left we drove above the reservoir and noticed 20+ fish probably all in the 16-20″ range about 20 feet from shore sitting in the old stream channel. If we had seen these fish sooner we probably would have tried some sight casting to them. Oh well.
Last week my family went to Oneida Narrows Reservoir near Preston, Idaho. It was beautiful day and we were able to catch 10+ Smallmouth Bass on red and black beadhead wooly worms (size 4). A couple of the Smallmouths reached 14″ and were about 2 lbs. We fished off the bank with a spinning rod, clear bubble and fly. A boat or pontoon would be excellent on this reservoir.