The fishing rod bent down and you knew a hefty trout was on the line.
The spinner and worm worked its magic at about 15 feet deep at Lost Valley Reservoir, about 22 miles north of Council in western Idaho.
It’s the height of the summer and trolling is hot – hot weather, warmer water temperatures and a little more technical trolling.
Earlier in the season the trout were on the surface and taking spinners with ease. Now the water in Idaho’s reservoirs is warming up the the fish are heading down to cooler waters and it’s a lot tougher to get them.
You’ve got to check your fish finder constantly and monitor the speed of the boat to get the spinner and worm down to the right depth. Is 2 mph the magic speed? 1.9 mph? 3 mph? It depends on the day.
And then there are the weeds that are starting to build up. Yup, trolling is a science and if you hit the right combinations, fishing can be great.
It all pays off in the end with a half dozen nice-size carryover reservoir trout.
Fish in the net – Photo by Pete Zimowsky/Idaho Statesman