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Henry’s Lake

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Henry’s Lake 10-12-13

Very low water makes it tough to launch anything bigger than a pontoon boat by the hatchery. But wading works as well there as float tubing or pontoon boating because a good number of fish are in shallow water.  They will take leech patterns with black being as effective as peacock. Gold, olive, and purple crystal are also effective.  Expect more cutts than brookies or hybrids responding.  Beware of the wind!


Henry’s Lake 10-8-13

You can get into good fishing just about anywhere on the lake. Creek mouths will be the most crowded, especially at Targhee and Howard Creeks.  With the lake at only 75% of capacity some silt is exposed and in shallows subjected to being stirred up. So a good strategy when the wind blows is to present large leech patterns in the discolored water. Don’t worry; the fish can see them.  This adds another strategy to those we have suggested in earlier reports.


Henry’s Lake 9-28-13

Fishing is really improving here, and that means all around the lake. Creek mouths well, especially the Howard Creek/State park area.  The lake is low, and winds will stir up exposed silt. This action means that large leech patterns presented on either a floating or intermediate line are working well when fishing discolored water.  Around creek mouths try patterns Everet recommends in the September 9th report.  Also consider trying a prince nymph or snail pattern(both #12-14) under an indicator and in shallow water. Experiment a bit to find the taking depth. Be sure to watch the wind/weather up at Henry’s this time of year, the weather can change quickly!


Stillwater 9/16/13

Area Stillwaters are finally starting to show some signs of life after a long, hot summer. With overnight lows dropping into the 40 degree range and colder, things are really going to start picking up. Daniels, Springfield, Sand Creek, and Henry’s Lake have been fishing better as of late. Daniels has been fishing well in deeper water under indicators with chironomids. Sand Creek and Springfield are fishing well under indicators with Chironomids and stripping leeches like the California Leech. Henry’s Lake has been fishing well out in front of the State park in fairly shallow water. Get out there as early as possible and fish a slow sinking line like the camolux from Rio. I would start with a larger, darker leech and then progress to smaller patterns as the sun gets higher in the sky. The weather looks like it is going to significantly cool of Tuesday/Wednesday so get out there and enjoy the best weather and fishing of the year on area stillwaters!


Henry’s Lake 9/9/13

Henry’s has been fishing like its typical self lately. Some folks have experienced good fishing, while others are really struggling. The key right now is to fish creek mouths in shallow, or head out to deep water and search the deeper water with a fast sinking line. Howard Creek and the area from the County Boat Dock to Duck Creek have been producing. Fish bigger leech patterns like the Olive Cb early in the morning and transition to smaller flies like the mighty mouse, Henry’s Lake PT, and Peacock AH as the day progresses. Make sure if you are struggling out there that you are always switching things up (location, flies, lines) until you find a pattern that is working. Henry’s is right on the cusp of fishing really good, just a couple more weeks and things will really heat up.



Henry’s Lake 8-17-13

No big change since our 8-3-13 report.  Get to creek mouths (Targhee and  Howard are best) as early as possible for a best location.  If you know location of spring holes around the lake try them to avoid creek mouth crowding.  Allow a few more weeks, and cooler weather will help fishing pick up around the lake.


Henry’s Lake 7-23-13

Action has become slower on the lake due mostly to warming water. The best fishing locations remain in front of Duck, Howard and Targhee Creeks, but “fish early, fish late” applies.  Try the flies and strategy Everet suggests in his 7-13-13 report.  We drove past the south side of the lake yesterday and observed no boats in front of the cliffs and in front of Duck and Hope Creeks.   That observation hints at slow action.


Stillwater/Henry’s Lake 7-19-13

The fishing on area stillwaters is tough right now. Like has been mentioned in previous posts, the surface temperatures on the lakes to the south is over 70 degrees and has been for some time. Landing fish in this warm temperature can really stress fish out so make sure you revive the fish completely before releasing. If possible, head out to deeper water or a weed free area to release your fish. Damsels, Chironomids, and Callibaetis patterns are still your best bets for getting into fish.

The Sand Creek Ponds opened up this past week are fishing well. Dry Damsels and Callibaetis have been taking fish along with the nymphs of both species. Unfortunately, the water temperature is warmer then we were hoping for this early in the summer. Make sure you are reviving your fish completely before releasing them.

Henry’s Lake is one lake in this area with water temperatures under 70 degrees. Targhee and Duck creek have been fishing very well. Both areas can be crowded, especially Targhee Creek so make sure you get out there early to stake out a spot. The Peacock AH, Henry’s Lake Scud, and the Henry’s Lake Pheasant Tail would be great patterns to have on you. Fish shallow early and as the day progresses gradually move out to deeper water.


Henry’s Lake 7-13-13

Fishing at Henry’s Lake has been very good recently. Fishing off Targhee Creek has been best with some bigger fish finally showing up. To fish the Targhee Creek area successfully you need to be there early, really early. Start shallow in the morning and gradually work your way out to deeper water as the sun gets higher in the sky. On the same note, fish larger, darker flies (Black CB, Brown CB, Lt Olive Crystal, California leech) early and change out to the smaller patterns (Mighty Mouse, Peacock Ah, HL Scud, HL Pheasant tail) as the day goes on. If you see people up there catching fish while you are not, stop fishing and watch them for a bit. Often you can pick up how and what others are using/doing just by slowing down and watching for a bit.

Other areas of the lake are fishing well too like Howard Creek, The Cliffs, and around Duck Creek. Use the same methods mentioned above on all these locations.


Henrys Lake 7/3/13

The fishing at Henry’s lately has been pretty good. Duck creek and Targhee creek have been the hot spots on the lake as of lately, although the fish can be tough some days in both places. You really need to look for the holes/channels in the weeds this time of year. The fish will use these weedbeds as a “highway” and cruise them looking for food. Both sinking lines and floating lines with indicators have been producing. For sinking lines think smaller flies this time of year like the peacock AH size 12, Mighty Mouse size 12, Henry’s Lake scud and Henry’s Lake pheasant tail both in a size 12. Choose your sinking line depending on how deep the water is you are fishing. There is too much to explain on this post, but call us in the shop or stop by and we can get you squared away with the sinking line you will need. For fishing under indicators I would be fishing beadhead damsels in size #12 and smaller callibaetis nymphs. Change your depth up until you find the depth that the fish are feeding at.