Gunsight Lake, ID

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Outing Information

Start/End Time
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Best Fishing Time
Water Temp
Water Clarity
Clear - 5'+ visibility
Water Level
Jason Hansen

Fish Caught

Cutthroat Trout

Caught Avg Size Pattern Optional Fields
2 11" #10 Royal Stimulator
2 11"
Total: 2 fish Top Patterns: Stimulator (2)


Mostly Sunny X X
Rain - Light X X
None X X
Light - 5 to 10 knots X X
Medium - 10 to 15 knots X X
Heavy - 15+ knots X X
Air Temp High/Low
50.0°F / -
Wind Direction
Weather Front
Moon Phase
78% Full (Waning gibbous)

Other Patterns Tried

  • #14 Pheasant Tail BH
  • #10 Woolly Bugger BH


No hatch information for this outing.

Insect Seining

No seining information for this outing.

Fishing Partners

Karl Sloth


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I walked up to Gunsight where Karl had been fishing for an hour or two while I was at Tin Cup struggling. I arrived and he said he was doing great - at that point he had caught 9 and lost 10, all on surface flies. I tied on a Stimulator and started working east along the south shore and didn't do too much until I got to a nice point - then I had a nice 14"+ fish on that set the tone for the day - he got off. With the Stimulator, I proceeded to have 15 fish on and landed only 2 of them. Unbelievably frustrating. I tried some hanging and bobbing for some reason and had no luck. Nymph retrieves and woolly bugger retrieves did nothing. The trout loved to rise, especially when the wind was calm and the surface flat. When the surface was choppy the fish wouldn't rise.

Karl caught 17 or 18 and missed close to 30 more. His big was 15", perhaps on multiple fish.

The lake was the most remote lake I've fished thusfar - it was tucked way up underneath a couple mountain peaks with the crumbling rock from the peaks forming the sides of the depression for the lake. No trees, just rock and vibrant blue water.

Stocking Information (back to 1996):
2005 – 350 cutthroat fry
2002 – 450 cutthroat fry
1999 – 500 cutthroat fry