Some hardy souls are ice fishing the lake now. Let’s hope they are being cautious enough to be safe as thin ice areas remain without a doubt. Consider that presence if you give it a try. Dress warmly and drive a winterized vehicle.
Flows are a below normal and browns are migrating on the lower river. Fishing success through presenting streamers has been OK, but not great. Again, a bit warmer conditions would help. If you do not mind trudging through some snow, Box Canyon offers good streamer fishing. Wading is relatively easy there with only 86 cfs being released from Island Park Dam.
Flows are a bit below normal in most locations. Browns are moving, but fishing success seems to have slowed a bit, in part because of our sub-normal temperatures. Pitching streamers under low light conditions remains the “name of the game.” With warmer air temperatures action would pick up.
We’ve had a spell of colder than normal daytime temperatures which appear to be a factor in slowing fishing on the river. The biggest impact is on top water fishing (BWOs and midges). Browns are moving and streamers presented under low light conditions remains effective. Flow out of Palisades Dam is 900cfs, the winter maintenance level. At Heise flow increases to 1300 cfs. Such flows make for great wading conditions. There are a ton of places to choose from to do so. Get it touch or visit us for information on which may be best to try.
The lake is beginning to ice over. Some of the north shore is already there. Fishing in shallow water remains good, but you’d better hurry to enjoy it. Colder weather is in the forecast for later this week If it happens during calm weather, guess what’ll happen to the rest of the lake!
With weather cooling off, big question is “when will the lake freeze up?” As soon as we hear, we will post that info here because when freeze-up comes boating isn’t practical, let alone wading! For now it’s a good idea to consult state highway web page for road conditions before deciding to take part in the on-going good fishing.