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Still Waters 7-20-19




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.


Still Waters 7-2-19

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.


Still Waters 6-25-19

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.


Still Waters 6-18-19

Damselfly activity is making for good fishing on Chesterfield Reservoir. Seek out sheltered coves for the best activity  resulting from life cycle patterns of these.  With respect to safety, watch out for wind that can up in an instant here. Island Park Reservoir is full but needs to warm up for best fishing.  Condie and Twin Lakes have been producing good results for warm water fish.


Still Waters 6-11-19

Add the Harriman Fish Pond to list of still water fisheries worth visiting.  It has been stocked with 10-12″ rainbows, but some large holdovers are present. No speckled dun or damsel fly emergences yet, but midge activity ongoing.  Try snail and leech patterns.


Still Waters 6-8-19

Chesterfield, Hawkins, and Daniels Reservoirs currently seem to offer the best fishing. Midge pupa under an indicator when finding the taking depth, slowly trolled leech patterns, and damselfly nymph patterns presented near sunken vegetation seem to be best methods to give action. Be careful of windy conditions especially on all of our larger still waters.


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.


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.


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


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

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.