Springfield Reservoir offers the most convenient still water fishing around. It has been stocked with hatchery catchable rainbows ranging to around 18″ and has a population of holdover rainbows running to larger sizes. Midge pupa patterns under an indicator, small black or purple leeches, and fly rod jigs seem to offer the best way to encounter these.
Springfield Reservoir is offering good fishing for those presenting midge patterns under an indicator once the taking depth is found. Small black or purple leeches presented on intermediate lines also produce action. Daniels Reservoir is also producing through using the same tactics, but watch the weather before going there via the Dairy Creek Road. Crystal Springs Pond will be stocked with hatchery catchable rainbow trout next week.
We have a few reports of success on Daniels Reservoir for those fly-fishers using midge pupa under an indicator. The taking depth must be found. Success for catching large trout from Sand Creek Ponds has not been the same as in past seasons, but smaller and mid-sized trout provide action by taking midge pupa patterns under an indicator or slowly retrieved leech patterns. Consider trying midge pupa patterns under an indicator in the Harriman Fish Pond now that aquatic vegetation is breaking up.
Better days are coming as many of our area still waters, especially those of shallow depth, are experiencing the summer doldrums. Daytimes begin cooling faster and shorten significantly as we get to the end of this month. Cooler water will mean more fish returning to shallow areas, and therefore more easily encountered.
We have reports of Sand Creek Pond #4 water temperatures in the low 70s in degrees Fahrenheit. Consider how tough this condition is on fish being hooked, played, then released. The bigger the fish, the tougher high water temps are on them.
Summer time warm-up has begun, but will really get going with the predicted heat coming next week. This means fishing early and late in the day just about anywhere is most productive. Growing aquatic vegetation makes dry fly and indicator fishing the most practical methods. Speckled dun life cycle patterns, deep, slowly trolled streamers (Type 2 or intermediate lines) , and midge pupa under an indicator and at the taking depth are best bets for action during these times. We have not received much specific information on regional still waters. Sand Creek Ponds are now open for fishing from non-motorized boats. Plenty of fish are being caught, but not many are trophy size.
Chesterfield Reservoir is providing some very nice ‘bows for those folks presenting damselfly life cycle patterns. Wind can interrupt this activity, and also make some dangerous conditions.
The Harriman Fish Pond is “mossing up” making surface and indicator fishing the most practical approaches. As with Springfield Reservoir, seeking out channels between weed beds for using these methods is a best strategy.
The Snow Creek Road is open, but rough, at least to Teardrop Lake.
Some of our nutrient rich smaller waters are beginning to have seasonal aquatic plant growth ( “moss up”). Hawkins Reservoir and Springfield Lake are among these, but indicator and dry fly fishing is not impacted, especially on staying in/over larger channels between weed beds. Harriman Fish Pond, however, mosses up almost totally making channels tough to find under windy conditions. Chesterfield seems to be fishing well with damsel flies emerging in sheltered bays on wind-free, which also sport aquatic plant growth. We have not received much information on Twenty-Four Mile Reservoir fishing success.