Fishing has been good around the lake. Fish are concentrating near shorelines, and because lake water is cooling off significantly, the outlook is great for continued good fishing.
Fishing success seems to depend on who you talk to. Some days fish seem to hit flies (try standard Henry’s Lake patterns) better than others. Around the lake fish are concentrating in shallow water. Include here such as the north shore, Duck, Howard, and Targhee Creek inlets. The State Park is the most crowded location on the lake. We are talking both fish and people here. The county boat dock also gets its share of crowds. Overall fishing is good, but let’s hope this supposedly incoming storm makes action more consistent for everyone.
Looks like fishing success now depends on the weather. These bright, cloudless skies do not result in the best conditions for fish to be active. Nevertheless the lake is cooling as nights get colder. A recent day with fog and some wind produced some excellent fishing around the lake for some local enthusiasts, even during daytime hours. A variety of fly patterns presented on intermediate lines worked for them, and wading was as effective as boating. For now it looks like watching the weather to find overcast conditions may be the secret to success.
Fly-Fishing the north shore has definitely slowed (voice of experience) even though fish are in shallow water. Likely this is the same around the lake. One reason is warm water for the time of year. We measured water temperature at middle 50s in Deg. F. yesterday. For sure cooler water will improve fishing success.
It looks like the lake is making up for the slow summer! Fishing is great all over the lake. With the lake at about 85% of capacity, water is low but cooling off with the weather. With uncertain weather predicted for the next several days,now might be the time to consider a visit. Use that intermediate line to present the standard array of Henry’s Lake patterns. Also trying a two-fly rig consisting of a small leech pattern and an attractor such a gold crystal. Word that fishing is improving has gotten out, so expect crowds at the easy access place such as the state park and county boat dock. And if you are lucky enough to find a spot with excellent fishing,expect to see fellow anglers congregate around you.
Finally, the lake is turning on! We have reports of large fish being caught in good numbers. The south and west sides seem to provide the best action. Try big woolly bugger types or streamers in about ten feet of water. Some of the reasons for this turn-around is that the blue-green algae mats are decreasing and water temperatures are also going down. These mean more dissolved oxygen thus more active fish. With the decrease in algae and lowering water temperatures, we could be heading for some of the famed fall fishing Henry’s Lake is capable of providing.
A good hard cold snap would be just what is needed for good fishing action to begin on Henry’s Lake. For every report of success we have seen there are numbers of ones without successful fishing. If you are considering trying the lake, head for creek mouths (Targhee, Duck, Howard) or springs with intermediate lines and standard Henry’s Lake patterns.. But expect company, especially if you get into fish.
Other than around spring holes and creek mouths fishing is slow so far this year. Trying creek mouths early in the day is a best bet. Use intermediate lines with standard Henry’s Lake patterns (gold or olive crystals, Gartside wet mouse, mity mouse, beadhead peacock leech, Henry’s Lake renegade).
We have heard only reports of spotty fishing so far, and the damselfly hatch seems to be diminishing each season. But as the lake warms up, fish will head to spring holes and creek mouths. So start breaking out your intermediate lines and get ready to stake out your early morning positions in front of such as Duck, Howard, Hope, and Targhee Creeks.
Fishing remains spotty. We went by the south side of lake three days ago and noticed the heaviest concentration of boats was in front of the cliffs. A time-tested Henry’s Lake strategy to find good fishing is to glass the lake with binoculars to see where fish are being caught, then rush over to where action is happening. Could we have viewed this strategy at work?