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.
Here’s another piece of information that backs up that we are having an early spring. Ice is going off Henry’s Lake right now! Sorry: Henry’s Lake does not open to fishing until Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Ice is also going off nearby Hebgen Reservoir in Montana. It opens to fishing the third Saturday in May.
We have not heard if the lake has iced over, but any day now it will. As soon as we hear, we will post it here. Meanwhile be ready to move around the lake to find where fish are active. Bring intermediate and floating lines to concentrate on shallow waters and warm clothing.
If you like cold weather fishing, this is the place! Concentrate on shallow waters, and be ready to move around the lake to find the best fishing. Because fishing in shallow water is best, bring intermediate and floating lines to present such as crystal buggers, halloweens, mity mites, mohair leeches, and crystal wooly worms.
Fish are where you find them. The “for sure” place is at the State Park where cutts have congregated along the shoreline. Trouble is so have anglers. So to avoid the biggest crowds, the west side is a good bet, and so is the Duck Creek-Hope Creek area and the north shoreline. Try olive crystals, bead head peacock leeches on an intermediate line. Early AMs and evenings are best times for action.
Henry’s is fishing about as good as it gets right now. Shallow areas all around the lake are fishing well with basic leech and scud patterns on intermediate lines. Most areas of the lake will produce well this time of year, so there is no reason to crowd others. Give fisherman at least two cast lengths of room to ensure fish will continue to work in the area.
Get up there and take advantage of the great fishing, its not going to last long! Come into the shop and we can show you the best flies to take up with you.
Fish are hitting just about everywhere in shallow waters around lake. The days of speckled dun hatches are over, but a few caddis remain making peeking caddis patterns, about size 14, fished in shallow waters effective. But the best way to encounter fish is with the variety of effective woolly bugger, woolly worm types, soft hackled streamers, and fly rod jigs . Choose your colors here just as you choose locations. Right now the north side of the lake has clearer waters than the south side, thanks to recent storms. Water temps are still in the low 50s in degrees F. That means extensive weeds remain. As waters drop in temperature these will break up further making for better retrieves. As good as the lake is now, look for better fishing as we cool off further.
Fishing remains great and this colder weather will only improve it. Look for more fish moving into shallow water such as around the north shore and the southwest corner. Also with more hunting opportunities and the oncoming steelhead season crowds will diminish.