Flow out of Island Park Dam has been nearly cut in half and the boat launch just below is totally accessible. The drop in flow is reflected on downstream to the Fall River confluence at Chester Dam with flow a bit below normal.
A judge’s ruling has prevented an open pit gold mine from being constructed in the West Camas Creek drainage. The area drainage is considered to be cutthroat trout habitat, and the impact of open pit mining is of concern to ground water quality within that habitat.
If you are looking for a place to take a youngster fishing or if you just want to enjoy some small stream fishing, Birch Creek within the family fishing area above Lone Pine currently is likely the best candidate for doing so. The creek may be running a bit high but is likely clear, so presenting nymph or small woolly bugger patterns will bring responses.
Fall River currently is running somewhat high but clear. This means the Henry’s Fork below Chester Dam still hosts good fishing. The Island Park countryside is quickly becoming free of snow, and the Mesa Falls Highway is totally passable. Many side roads are not yet free of snow. The Henry’s Fork at Last Chance features midge and BWO activity, so presenting their life cycle patterns is quite effective.
Since May 5th flow out of Palisades Dam has been stepped up from 14000 cfs to 15400 cfs. This 10% increase should not impact fishing especially because the river remains clear but cold. Palisades Reservoir is about 65% of capacity with a lot more run-off to come.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.