FISHING -- Lake Roosevelt rainbows like those pictured above can be caught November-March from shore as well as from a boat by casting a bait rig. Look for a shoreline shelf under 10-15 feet of water and cast near the drop-off into deeper water.
A proven rig cast from a spinning rod includes:
- 8-pound monofilament line.
- 24-30 inches of 10-pound leader (extra heavy to take a beating with fewer breakoffs) below a snap swivel and 3/8- to 1/2-ounce sliding sinker.
- No. 2 bait hook baited with a mini-marshmallow or PowerBait and piece of nightcrawler.
Experienced anglers have a half dozen hook-and-leader rigs ready to change onto the snap swivel if necessary so they can keep fishing when the bite is on. Keeping at least one rig in the water as a school of rainbows circulates through an area is an excellent application for the two-pole endorsement.
The rainbows tend to be most active for a short period in early morning and again in the afternoon, although they can be caught throughout the day and night.
A five-fish limit of rainbow trout from Lake Roosevelt is a beauty to behold in December, when the fish released from net pens in summer have had a chance to go wild putting on length and girth.
These are healthy, lovely and delicious fish.