Not much change here. Palisades Reservoir is about half full. Flow out of Palisades Dam is staying constant (for now) at around 11900 cfs Flow is 13000 cfs at Heise, and less on the river below Heise (6700 cfs at Lorenzo) because of irrigation and stock watering demands. Some BWOs emerging, but best fishing results currently come from using rubber leg, San Juan worm and streamer patterns.
Flow out of Palisades has been stable for several days at 11800 cfs (12600 cfs at Heise). That’s just about the normal for this time of year. River is not yet very clear. Might be from tributary run-off. Rubber Legs, San Juan Worm, and streamer patterns still working best. BWOs are out, and some fish are on them.
Flow out of Palisades Dam was cut to 11800 cfs ( now 13000 cfs at Heise) yesterday to meet flood control protocol. It’s also a good flow for bringing on fly-fishing success. All that’s needed now is for water to warm up a bit to bring on more aquatic insect activity. So for now continue presenting big rubber leg, small bead head nymph around riffles, and streamer patterns.
Flow out of Palisades Reservoir is dropping ( currently 13700 cfs at Irwin, 14100 cfs at Heise) ) to almost summer levels. Water is quite cold, so hatches are pretty much limited to midges. Best chances for action comes through presenting streamers, egg patterns, and big rubberleg bugs. No where near as many anglers are here as on the Henry’s Fork from Ashton Dam to Chester ( Want to really see crowds there? Wait’ll the stoneflies kick in!). So you have a better chance of tranquility by trying the South Fork these days.
Flow out of Palisades Dam was dropped from just under 18000 cfs to 14900 cfs yesterday. Palisades Reservoir is about 60 % full, and the run-off peak is yet to come. So the South Fork will be high and wild for weeks to come. If you plan on fishing it, go heavy on those weighted nymphs and streamers.
South Fork Electrofishing Schedule
Section of River
|Tuesday, April 23||Lufkin bottom to Dry Canyon|
|Wednesday, April 24||Hwy 26 bridge to Indian Creek|
|Thursday, April 25||Palisades Creek to Sheep Creek|
|Tuesday, April 30||Hwy 26 bridge to Indian Creek|
|Wednesday, May 1||Palisades Creek to Sheep Creek|
|Thursday, May 2||Lufkin bottom to Dry Canyon|
|Tuesday, May 7||Hwy 26 bridge to Indian Creek|
|Wednesday, May 8||Palisades Creek to Sheep Creek|
|Thursday, May 9||Lufkin bottom to Dry Canyon|
|Tuesday, May 14||Hwy 26 bridge to Indian Creek|
|Wednesday, May 15||Palisades Creek to Sheep Creek|
|Thursday, May 16||Lufkin bottom to Dry Canyon|
|Tuesday, May 21||Hwy 26 bridge to Indian Creek|
|Wednesday, May 22||Palisades Creek to Sheep Creek|
|Thursday, May 23||Lufkin bottom to Dry Canyon|
* All dates are subject to change due to weather and other factors. For the most current updates please visit the Upper Snake page on the Idaho Department of Fish and Game website or the Upper Snake Region Facebook page.
BWOs are out along the lower river, and fish are just beginning to key on them. The unsettled weather predicted to come for the next several days could see more fish keying on them during afternoon hours. Stonefly nymph imitations and rubber leg patterns drifted along the stream bed are producing quite well, and streamer patterns continue to provide action especially during low light conditions.