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Henry’s Lake

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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.



Henry’s Lake 6-11-13

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.


Henry’s Lake 6-1

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.


Henry’s Lake 10-30-12

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.


Henry’s Lake 10-23-12

Fishing remains very good, and with a week of not so good weather crowds will be down.  Same strategies we discussed in recent fishing reports applies, but now come prepared for foul weather and questionable road conditions.


Henry’s lake 10-19-12

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.