South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Fishing Reports (Page 21)

Big Lost River, April 18th, 2020

Flow out of Mackay Dam has been constant at around 130 cfs for at least a week.  This makes for good wading conditions and consistent BWO and midge activity. However look for flow out of the dam to increase when irrigation water demands begin.  Run-off from such as Copper Basin, sure to increase, will also impact flow out of the dam.


Still Waters, April 18th, 2020

Currently Daniels Reservoir is as good a place as any for good still water fishing with chironomid activity providing the bulk for such. Take time to find the taking depth which could vary depending on location. Damselfly nymph and small leech patterns also produce.    If the wind comes up, be sure to try around the shoreline discolored water where food items are washed out by erosion. The same applies to Hawkins Reservoir which is easier to reach, especially because we do not know for sure if the road from there over to Daniels Reservoir is open. One thing is certain for both reservoirs is that there will be less out of state fishing visits for the immediate future. Springfield Reservoir remains a convenient still water to try, but successful fishing there seems to be a day by day happening. Try midge pupa patterns, but find the taking depth. Small black or purple leech patterns also seem effective.


Henry’s Fork, April 18th, 2020

Social distancing is a bit tougher to find at launch sites on the lower river. That is because currently some of the best fishing in the region can be found there.  Sun shiny days, like those coming up until mid-week, will dampen the BWO activity a little, but March browns, caddis and midges will provide surface and near surface action from life cycle patterns of each.  Streamers remain effective under low-light conditions and as we advance past April, large stonefly nymph patterns will be increasingly effective.


South Fork, April 18, 2020

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Flow out of Palisades Dam was increased to 13500 cfs yesterday ( now 15500 cfs at Heise, 12200 cfs at Lorenzo).   These flows remain in the range of what is expected during summer, and all boat launch sites are open. Palisades Reservoir is now about 75% full to contain upcoming run-off.  The river has clear, cold water throughout making streamers and large nymph patterns (Bitch Creek, Montana nymph, etc) and rubber legs, best bets for successful fishing.  Try trailing a San Juan worm, squirmy wormy, or otter egg behind a big nymph or rubber legs.


Today at Jimmy’s April 14th, 2020


Jim Senoir

It is with heavy hearts for us to share that Jim Sr. passed away Sunday morning, April 12th. His passion for the shop, the outdoors, his family, and interacting with you all over the years brought joy even in his final days. ☀️

In the upcoming days we will share a life sketch to capture the amazing life Jim had.


Henry’s Fork April 14th, 2020

Flow out of Henry’s Lake was increased from about 20 cfs to 90 cfs yesterday. With Henry’s Lake still iced over, more fish will be in shallow water  and the new flow rate increases the possibility for a larger amount to be flushed into the Outlet.  Especially if more flow increases happen before ice-out on the lake, chances for good fishing in the Outlet improve until mid-summer.


South Fork, April 14th, 2020

Over the last few days flow out of Palisades Dam was upped to 12200 cfs over the last few days (now 14400 cfs at Heise, 10500 at Lorenzo).  Don’t let this increase, which brings the river to near summer flow rates, stop you from presenting streamer and nymph patterns including rubber legs especially with the river remaining so clear.


Still Waters, April 10th, 2020

Daniels Reservoir currently offers good fly fishing (midge pupa at the taking depth, small leech and nymph patterns), however anglers coming from the north must access it from Malad City until the Dairy Creek Road opens. Consider that with the current suspension of non-resident fishing licenses in effect until further notice, “social distancing” will be easier to realize at Daniels.  Fewer out of state anglers also means easier parking and launching.  If traveling through Malad City is not practical for those coming from the north or east, Hawkins Reservoir a few miles west of the I-15 Virginia exit offers a good alternative using the same strategies as suggested above.


Today at Jimmy’s April 10th, 2020

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has made a positive amendment to its April 4th, 2020 temporary suspension of non-resident fishing licenses, hunting tags and permits, etc.

If an arrangement for guiding services with a licensed outfitter has been made before this date but license for this arrangement, including fishing is yet to be purchased, such purchase will be allowed.  Proof of arrangement examples for taking to a license vendor include a service request letter signed by the client, outfitting service confirmation letter, a printed email exchange that arranges the outfitting service, or confirmation of service deposit payment, all made before April 4th, 2020.