Flow out of Palisades Dam was raised late Friday from about 900 cfs to 2400 cfs. This reflects USBurRec belief that a big run-off season is coming and room in Palisades Reservoir ( now about 85% full) is needed to contain the resulting melt. More flow increases are likely, and these will impact fishing. But the higher flows are very beneficial to resident salmonids which had a tough winter enduring low flows.
A good approach for winter fishing on the South Fork by wading is to concentrate fishing the pools and deep runs. Presenting streamers and rubber legs patterns on sink-tip lines and short, stout leaders should be the most effective strategy. With the winter flows to be around 900 cfs, there are numerous locations to apply this approach, some of which offer hundreds of yards of easily reached water. We at the shop can suggest some good locations for visits. Dress warmly and be sure your waders are in leak-proof condition!
Springfield Reservoir is fishing well if you offer midge pupa under an indicator. First find the taking depth. Also small leech patterns work when presented on an intermediate line. The reservoir was stocked last month with hatchery catchables ranging from 14 to 18 inches. Each would longer if their tails had not been eroded from concrete living and crowding, but they make for fun in the late days of this fishing season.
The flow out of Palisades Dam is 938 cfs. That’s around the maintenance flow through the winter. The current flow at Heise is better for the fish at 1390 cfs. There are plenty of walk-in wade locations, but there are places with some icing. Get in touch with us to learn some of the best locations for wading.
Henry’s Lake is frozen as of today 11/9/18. The ice is not thick enough to ice fish and most likely wont be for a few more days depending on air temps and wind. There is always a chance a big wind storm may open the lake back up, but its probably best to plan to hit stillwaters to the south for the year.
Water temp on the lake is now in the mid 30’s. If the forecast holds, all its going to take is a couple of calm nights to freeze over. Planning a trip up there is going to be a real gamble at this point. If you do get up to the lake and it is still open, fish your flies VERY slowly in all the areas mentioned in prior reports. For now though, its time to tie flies and get ready for the opener. If you didn’t fish Henry’s this year because of reports of slow fishing you really missed out, there were a lot of really big hybrids landed and many folks caught their personal bests. Here’s to hoping for a good winter with plenty of snow and a good 2019 season on Henry’s!