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Still Waters 5-25-19

Chesterfield is coming around in offering good fishing.   Chironomids are providing some action. So are small leech patterns fished deep.  Water temps are in the hi 40’s in Degrees Fahrenheit, so it will take a stretch of good weather to bring on better fishing. No word yet on fishing at 24-Mile Reservoir, but Hawkins is good ( Leeches & Midge life cycle patterns), but gets crowded  during this long weekend.

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Still Waters 5-7-19

Both Hawkins and Daniels Reservoirs are offering good results because of chironomid activity and responding trout.  Find the taking depth and you will be in for good fishing.  When there are several rises around same time, that tips off that you should begin by placing that midge pupa pattern just under a strike indicator.

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Still Waters 5-4-19

As suggested in the last fishing report, here is IDF&G’s  target Southeast Idaho District fish stocking plan.  Most of the plan is for stocking still waters, but some streams are also targeted.  Currently Daniels Reservoir offers the best fishing in the District thanks to the active chironomid population. The Dairy Creek road is open and the reservoir has near capacity pool. Hawkins Reservoir  also offers good fishing, but is more crowded than Daniels. No word yet on how fishing at Chesterfield Reservoir is doing.

Fish Stocking Forecasts | Idaho Fish and Game

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Body of Water Week To Be Stocked Number To Be Stocked
Bear River Below Oneida Dam  Apr 29-May 3 1500
Crystal Springs Pond Apr 29-May 3 375
Deep Creek Reservoir Apr 29-May 3 3990
East Fork Rock Creek Apr 29-May 3 500
Hawkins Reservoir Apr 29-May 3 840
Trout Creek Apr 29-May 3 2000
Bannock Reservoir May 6-10 500
Devils Creek Reservoir May 6-10 2160
Edson Fichter Pond May 6-10 625
Montpelier Reservoir May 6-10 3500
Portneuf River  May 6-10 330
Upper Pleasantview Reservoir May 6-10 1500
Dingle Gravel Pond May 13-17 500
Kelly Park Pond May 13-17 250
McTucker Pond May 13-17 750
Rose Pond May 13-17 1000
Weston Creek Reservoir May 13-17 1500
Bannock Reservoir May 20-24 500
Bear River Below Oneida Dam  May 20-24 1500
Blackfoot River  May 20-24 1000
Crowthers Reservoir May 20-24 1100
Crystal Springs Pond May 20-24 375
Cub River  May 20-24 500
Dingle Gravel Pond May 20-24 500
Edson Fichter Pond May 20-24 625
Kelly Park Pond May 20-24 250
Little Valley Reservoir May 20-24 1000
Mill Creek May 20-24 250
Montpelier Rearing Pond May 20-24 250
Portneuf River  May 20-24 330
Bloomington Creek May 27-31 200
Cherry Creek May 27-31 100
Montpelier Rearing Pond May 27-31 250
Paris Creek May 27-31 250
Pebble Creek May 27-31 500
Snake River  May 27-31 4000
Snake River  May 27-31 1000
Topance Creek May 27-31 750
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Still Waters 4-30-19

May is the time of year the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDF&G) begins their widespread stocking program. Roads are shaping up to the point that they can access many relatively remote still waters, and this action helps answer public demand for fishing which climbs with improving weather.  The  IDF&G stocking program seems to focus mainly on still waters, but certain streams receive a share. Rainbow trout are the usual salmonid stocked in the Upper Snake Region. The table below, taken from recent IDF&G stocking records, shows the where and when target these rainbow trout will be placed in the Upper Snake River Region.

Body of Water Week To Be Stocked Number To Be Stocked
Birch Creek Apr 29-May 3 2375
Mackay Reservoir Apr 29-May 3 2100
Rexburg City Ponds Apr 29-May 3 600
Ryder Park Pond Apr 29-May 3 750
Ryder Park Riverside Pond Apr 29-May 3 750
Snake River Apr 29-May 3 1200
Teton River Apr 29-May 3 1000
Buffalo River May 6-10 1000
East Harriman Fish Pond May 6-10 1500
East Harriman Fish Pond May 6-10 1500
Henrys Fork May 6-10 2500
Ririe Reservoir May 6-10 6700
Trail Creek Pond May 6-10 400
Warm River May 6-10 450
Henrys Fork May 13-17 2500
Island Park Reservoir May 13-17 9600
Ryder Park Pond May 13-17 750
Ryder Park Riverside Pond May 13-17 750
Birch Creek May 20-24 2375
Blue Creek Reservoir May 20-24 2000
Henrys Fork River May 20-24 2500
Mackay Reservoir May 20-24 2100
Sand Creek WMA Pond #1 May 20-24 3500
Sand Creek WMA Pond #4 May 20-24 2700
Willow Creek May 20-24 500
Henrys Fork May 27-31 2500
Horseshoe Lake May 27-31 2000
Jim Moore Pond May 27-31 1800
Snake River May 27-31 1200
Snow Creek Pond May 27-31 800
Warm River May 27-31 450

In our next fishing report, we will pass on the same stocking information for IDF&G’s Southeast Idaho Region.

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Still Waters 4-27-19

Hawkins Reservoir has turned over and fishing is sure to improve.  It looks like ice has not yet left Chesterfield Reservoir. Daniels Reservoir should be turning over any time now, but the road from Hawkins Reservoir is likely not open.   For now the trip from Malad is the best way to reach it.  Springfield Reservoir has been fishing in a spotty manner.  Midge pupa patterns under an indicator seem to work best.  but finding the taking depth is needed. Small black leeches also work. Consider placing them under an indicator then use an ultra slow retrieve.  Ice should be leaving Hebgen Lake any day now.

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Still Waters 11-24-18

Springfield Reservoir is fishing well if you offer midge pupa under an indicator. First find the taking depth. Also small leech patterns work when presented on an intermediate line.  The reservoir was stocked last month with hatchery catchables ranging  from 14 to 18 inches.   Each would longer if their tails had not been eroded from concrete living and crowding, but they make for fun in the late days of this fishing season.

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Henry’s Lake 11/9/18

Henry’s Lake is frozen as of today 11/9/18. The ice is not thick enough to ice fish and most likely wont be for a few more days depending on air temps and wind. There is always a chance a big wind storm may open the lake back up, but its probably best to plan to hit stillwaters to the south for the year.

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Henry’s Lake 11/6/18

Water temp on the lake is now in the mid 30’s. If the forecast holds, all its going to take is a couple of calm nights to freeze over. Planning a trip up there is going to be a real gamble at this point. If you do get up to the lake and it is still open, fish your flies VERY slowly in all the areas mentioned in prior reports. For now though, its time to tie flies and get ready for the opener. If you didn’t fish Henry’s this year because of reports of slow fishing you really missed out, there were a lot of really big hybrids landed and many folks caught their personal bests. Here’s to hoping for a good winter with plenty of snow and a good 2019 season on Henry’s!

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Henry’s Lake 11-1-18

Fishing at Henry’s is winding down for the season. If the forecast hold true, you could see people ice fishing the lake very soon. There is always a chance we get another warm spell, but its not looking likely.  Its been an up and down fall on the lake and as the weather continues to get colder, the good fishing is going to be tougher and tougher to come by.  For the next week or so I’d concentrate on fishing during the warmest part of the day and fishing areas with some warmer water pumping in like Staley Springs, Wild Rose, the Hatchery, Hope Creek, etc… The State park continues to fish well for numbers of cutthroats, although hardly any bigger hybrids have been landed in this area. Continue to fish the standard henry’s fare (darker leech patterns size 4-8) and experiment with your retrieve speed. When the water temps reach the low forties and mid to upper thirties, it doesn’t seem to be as critical to be near the bottom. This is one time of year where you could just take up an intermediate line and fish it effectively from 3-12ft of water. We will try to have updated water conditions as it gets closer to icing up, so be sure to check with us before you make the drive.

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Still Waters 10-27-18

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Now that we are cooling off some of our still waters are coming round with more action. Chesterfield Reservoir is one of these with large fish being encountered through presenting  midge pupa patterns under an indicator. All that needs to be done is to is find the taking depth.  Leech patterns presented in shallower water are also working.  16000 hatchery raised ‘bows have been added there. Use same technique for Daniels Reservoir, especially its north end.  Action at Sand Creek Pond #4 is also picking up through using the same patterns and streamers. Springfield Reservoir has been stocked with 1000 hatchery catchables which will be active after adjusting to new environment.

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