Expect crowds at places like the State Park, County Boat Dock, near the hatchery, and along the cliffs. The lake has had a long time free of ice, but cool weather will help keep fish close to the shoreline. Try some of the standard patterns such as California leeches, olive or gold crystals, mohair leeches, peacock AH, mity mouse, all on an intermediate or slow sinking line.
With the recent cold weather snap we are having, the open water fishing on Henry’s Lake is probably done for the year. The lake will most likely be frozen over within a week or so if these conditions continue. If by some chance the weather warms up and the lake stays open, look for fish to be extremely scattered and suspended in deeper water. However, if you are into ice fishing, you have until January 1st to enjoy the great ice fishing opportunity Henry’s presents.
Stillwaters to the South should continue to fish okay, but this extreme cold weather is really going to slow things down. Be sure to cover a lot of water when fishing this time of year! Springfield reservoir is one exception here, fishing seems to be excellent down there as long as you can stand the cold. Fishing small chironomid pupa (size 14-20) under an indicator typically produces best. Springfield was stocked recently so there should be plenty of 17″+ fish down there willing to take a fly.
Conditions are constantly changing this time of year, so be sure to give us a call or stop in for up to the minute information!
Henry’s Lake has been fishing well this past week. Things seem to have finally turned around up there. Fish have been caught on the west shore from Duck Creek to Staley Springs, The Northshore, the Cliffs, and State Park area. Water from 2-8ft deep has been most productive, fish that with an intermediate or type II line and hang on. Fly patterns that have been producing are black crystal buggers, midnight fire, and Lt. Olive and Tan crystals. Get up there while you can, any time you are able to fish on Henry’s after the end of October is on borrowed time. Only a matter of time before the lake will be frozen solid.
Other Stillwaters in the area have been fishing well lately too. Daniels and Springfield have been the most consistent fishing. Chironomids (any color size 10-18) under indicators and leech patterns mentioned above in the Henry’s lake portion have been the best patterns. Fishing in the late morning/afternoon has produced better then being out there at first light. Chesterfield is the one lake in the area we have not heard anything good lately. We have received a lot of calls regarding this very popular lake and the news just isn’t good. I believe two consecutive years of extreme drawdown and summer heat have had an impact. There are still some very nice, maybe the nicest in the area, fish to be had, but they are few and far between. If you do decide to head up there, fish hard and cover a lot of water! Hebgen, Hawkins, and Island Park have all been fishing good lately too, toughest decision this time of year is just deciding where to fish!
Please give us a call or stop in if you have any questions on the local stillwater scene!
Henry’s Lake has been fishing okay lately, right on the cusp of really turning loose. We need some colder, nastier, cloudier weather to really get things going, weather has just been too nice! Focus on all the typical fall areas; Duck Creek, Hatchery, State Park, Cliffs, Duck Creek, and County boat dock. Until the colder weather shows up, fish a little deeper water then you typically would this time of year. Darker Leeches, Lt. Olive Crystal, Henrys Lake Renegade, and Henrys Lake Scud have all been producing well. Look for things to really turn on here in the next week or so!
We hear that fishing shallow water all around the lake is currently terrific. That means crowding in easily reached locations such as the west side county boat dock and campground, but especially at the State Park. Expect a crowd of shoreline anglers as well as numerous boats in front and at nearby Howard Creek. At the northwest corner of the lake, within a half mile off the highway, and on the west side road there is a pull-out and primitive launch site suitable only for float tubes and pontoon boats. This site put you in great position for fishing the west side and north shorelines. Try the standard Henry’s Lake flies we recommend in our October 11th Henry’s Lake report.
Fishing is picking up here as cooler weather helps bring fish closer to shorelines. With the cloudy, possibly stormy weather coming in for the next few days, action could really pick up. We have some reports of big flies on such as streamers and various large wooly buggers working, but the standard olive or gold crystals, California leeches, Mity mites, bead head peacock leeches, peacock AHs, and halloweens seem to work just as well. Cutts have move into the State Park-Howard Creek area. This means lots of folks fishing from banks and boats. Might be a good place to start up a taco wagon business or hold a tall tales contest!
We have not heard consistent reports of good fishing here. Part of the reason could be the great “Indian Summer” weather we currently have. Looks like that could change this coming weekend when cooler temps and increased chance of precipitation is predicted. That just may be the ticket to bringing more fish into shallower water around the lake.
Henry’s is fishing okay right now, but is sure to improve as we move deeper into the fall. Water temperatures are in the mid-upper fifties and the water is clear. It doesn’t seem like fish have moved shallow into their typical fall haunts just yet. Best success has come from water in the 6-12ft range on the West, North, and South shores of the lake. Weeds have really died off on the entire lake and this should expose a lot of willing, hungry fish if you can find them. Fish darker leech patterns or cyrstals in sizes 6-12 on type 1 (intermediate) and type two lines. Best advice we can give right now is to be mobile, if you aren’t catching fish within an hour of being in a new area, move. People who are covering the most water seem to be doing best. If I was headed up to fish in the next week or so, I would check out the Cliffs, Duck Creek, or the Pintail Point area of the lake.
Fish will continue to move shallow in the coming weeks and we should have some excellent fishing in the next couple of weeks. Get out there and enjoy some good fishing! Please feel free to call us for up to the minute reports.
Same story: fish the creek mouths and around the springs using an intermediate. Pattern success seems to vary depending on who you talk to. But a sure fire way for success fishing Henry’s Lake is to pick up a copy of “Fishing Henry’s Lake” by Bill Schiess. Bill is generous to the point that he shares all his knowledge on Henry’s, and his book is where you find it completely. Within you will see best location and fly pattern selection information for any time of the fishing season.