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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Fishing Reports (Page 17)

Still Waters, May 9th, 2020

On looking at current IDF&G still water fish stocking schedules you will see none are given. Actually stocking is being performed, but in order to minimize crowding at well stocked waters because of our nasty covid-19 presence, IDF&G is not publishing such records. Rest assured that stocking is being performed. You can approximate where current stocking is taking place by looking at IDF&G’s historic records.


Still Waters, Cinco de Mayo, 2020

Springfield Reservoir has been spotty: up one day, down the next.  Midge pupa patterns under an indicator are the best bet if a taking depth can be found. Small black or olive leech or damselfly nymph patterns can work.  Hawkins Reservoir is also “off and on” with facilities and the dam face somewhat crowded.  Chesterfield Reservoir has been slow fishing to date.  No word yet on how Twenty-Four Mile Reservoir has been treating anglers. Daniels Reservoir remains the best still water bet in the area ( try midge pupa at the taking depth, dragonfly and damselfly nymph patterns), but look out for the WIND.


Small Streams, Cinco de Mayo, 2020

Some back country roads are opening up, while others have a way to go.  The Bear Creek Road is open but needs to dry in order to minimize damage.   The Big Elk Creek Road is open. However, both streams are high and discolored from run-off.   The Cave Falls Road is not officially open, The Mesa Falls Scenic Loop (State Highway 47) has been plowed, but all forest roads from it remain snow covered.


Jim Gabettas Life Sketch

As many of you know, our dad, Jim Gabettas, passed away April 12 after a brief illness. In these unusual times, we thought the best way to celebrate Dad’s life is through photos and memories of a quiet, yet remarkable life.

We are grateful to everyone who touched our father over the years—the countless friends, customers, shop employees and folks who dropped by to say “hello” and talk fishing in Dad’s office.

Jimmy, Chris and Jennifer


South Fork May 2, 2020

From Cpgd (640x480)

Flow out of Palisades Dam has been steady at about 14000 cfs for about a week with Palisades Reservoir at about two-thirds of capacity.  Look for the country side to begin greening up, but no big changes in fishing conditions for now.


Today at Jimmy’s, May 2, 2020


As we are rolling out a plan for re-opening the shop, we hope everyone takes into consideration the safety of not only yourself, but those around you.

  • Monday, May 4th we will be “soft•opening” the shop. What does this mean? We are still HIGHLY encourage curbside pick up.
  • Face masks <or buff> will be mandatory for all customers to enter the shop.
  • All shop staff will also be masked.
  • Only 4 customers will be allowed in the shop at a time.
  • A sanitation station <compliant with the CDCs recommendations> will be placed at the door for use before entering & upon exiting.
  • Have a prepared shopping list upon arrival to limit browsing time.
  • Appointment only for trying on waders, boots & clothing.
  • Out of state fishing/hunting licenses are still NOT available to purchase at the shop or online.
  • We will keep you posted on any dates/information pertaining to fishing, licensing, etc., made available to us.
  • Thank you all for continuing to show your support for the shop and our community, we look forward to getting back to “normal” and seeing your faces!

Still Waters, May 2, 2020

Daniels Res. (640x480)

Daniels Reservoir is offering good fishing. Before the wind comes up try midge pupa patterns under an indicator, but find the taking depth. Only a few rises likely means deeper water will be best. Do not overlook trying dragonfly and damselfly nymph patterns especially after the wind comes up.  No problem with social distancing here, as folks are well spread out along the east bank. The road over from Hawkins Reservoir is in good shape with a few stretches of coarse gravel.  Might be best to have tires in good condition because of these spots.  Hawkins Reservoir has been a bit slow.  Social distancing at the dam-boat launch area remains a bit chancy.  Ice is off Twenty Four Mile and Chesterfield Reservoirs.


Small Streams, April 28, 2020

Want to see some serious water in a small stream? Right now Willow Creek above Ririe Reservoir is flowing nearly 1200 cfs because of run-off.  That flow rate is higher than what currently is coming out of Island Park Dam (890 cfs)!


Southwestern Montana, April 24th, 2020

Many anglers have questions about the impact of Covid-19 on non-resident fishing in Montana, especially with the general fishing season opening there in mid-May. To see current non-resident restrictions go to On this site select “Quarantine Directives for Out of State Travelers to Montana.”  Open (and save, if desired) “Quarantine Directives.pdf” for details.  These restrictions may change in the near future, so go to this site from time to time.