It’s a hit or miss situation here. For every success story there seems to be a “goose egg” story or close to it. It appears that fish have mostly moved away from shoreline. Midge pupa patterns under an indicator may provide your best chance for action until the fabled damselfly hatch begins around the beginning of July.
The opening of Henry’s Lake was a little less than desirable compared to the last few years. Since the ice came off early this year the majority of the fish have moved off the banks and into the deeper water. The good news is the Midges are hatching and the fish have been keying into Chironomid patterns. Angler will also find success with crystal buggers and leach patterns fished on a sinking line.
Most folks fishing here report good success, so no big changes. Take a look at our previous reports for more details. One thing for sure is that as we move toward the winter season, it’s a good idea to check road and weather conditions before traveling to the lake.
Fishing at Henry’s continues to be good and should stay that way until real cold weather arrives. This weeks overcast and precipitation will not make it real cold but that will eventually come. Each Fall fish always gather around the creek mouths and that is going on now. Sometimes they are in as little as two feet of water. Slow sink and intermediate lines work the best. Try stripping a copper brown crystal bugger or california leech. We also caught fish on a #8 Idyl’s peacock leech. Switch to a #2 sinking if you move out into 10 to 12 feet water depth.
On Wednesday we also caught fish using a pair of #12 midge pupa suspended under an indicator using a floating line. The midges were olive with a white bead and pearl with a black bead. We found fish in 6 to 8 feet of water and later as shallow as 3 feet.
You can find action just about anywhere on the lake lately. Creek mouths may offer the best action, but will be the most crowded, especially f a boat dock is near by. No need to consider anything elaborate because standard Henry’s Lake patterns are working.
Word is out that the lake currently offers the best fishing in the region. So folks will be flocking there and looking for the best spots to fish. Standard patterns for the lake are working. The strategy for a best time is to find a location where there are more fish than people. Creek mouths are almost certain to be crowded, especially those with easy access. The same goes for shorelines. Consider contacting us to learn of some locations that might be less crowded.