Creek mouths with cooler water provide the best fishing now. Trouble is there are almost as many anglers there as fish. We have a report of a four pound brookie being caught and released at the mouth of Targhee Creek. Taking fly was a caddis pupa pattern, and we hear that caddis are quite active with fish responding to them around the lake.
Fishing seems to be holding up fairly well. Creek mouths and spring holes are becoming the best places as fish seek cooler water. Try such as mity mites, small bead head peacock leeches, snail patterns, and your favorite small wooly bugger types. By mid day there could be as many boats as fish around the best creek mouths, so go to boat launches before daybreak and don’t use your bright headlights.
Damselflies are bringing action on several places around the lake. Try in front of creek mouths including Targhee, Howard and Duck . If these locations get crowded look for channles in the weeds and for spring holes to try your luck.
Latest reports say that fishing is picking up some, at least it is better than earlier in the week. That goes for both fishing shorelines and from boats. Surest way to find best fishing from a boat is the usual Henry’s Lake method of seeing where boats are concentrated. It’s like taking part in a gold rush, but once you get there the taking flies have to be discovered. When you get there try the flies we recommended during the June 5th report. Add bead head peacock leech to that list of patterns.
No reports on fishing have come in to date, but IDF&G was predicting a slower opening day this year because with ice going off the lake so early, fish have had a longer time to disperse away from shorelines. That makes it sound like best fishing could be out in the lake. After reports start coming in, let’s see if that is the case.