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Still Water

Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Still Water (Page 15)

Still Waters 7-24-12

Fish deep and early or late in the day on all irrigation reservoirs.  Some of better still water fishing is on the west end of Island Park Reservoir around Grizzly Springs and Trude Bay.  Try bloodworm patterns under an indicator.  You will have to find the taking depth.


Still Waters 7-21-12

Draw down is warming water in our irrigation reservoirs.  With temperatures near the surface as high as the low seventies in degrees F. one must fish deep for any action.  Be ready to put those small midge pupa patterns deep below your indicator.


Still Waters 7-17-12

Draw down is impacting fishing on all irrigation reservoirs to the south.  We have reports of good fishing on the west end of Island Park Reservoir where blood worm patterns under and indicator are working in many locations.   Find the taking depth, and it looks like you will get your chances.


Still Waters 7-14-12

Irrigation demands in this hot dry summer are beginning to take a toll on our reservoirs. On all of these fish deep and concentrate your efforts early and late in the day. Sand Creek Ponds open for fishing from a boat Monday (thanks, Barry!). You can bet a lot of folks will be there crack of dawn hoping for some of the big resident rainbows and rarer brookies.  Crowds there will thin later.  Want to beat still water crowds, but will settle for moderately sized fish?  Try Paul Reservoir and it cutthroat population ranging to the mid teens in inches. Get there by going northwest off the Interstate -15 Humphrey Exit  just this side of Monida Pass.


Still Waters 7-10-12

Irrigation demands in this hot, dry summer are beginning to impact reservoir fishing all around the area. Water levels are dropping and remaining water is warming up, some places into the 70s in degrees F.  This applies to Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Mackay, Springfield, Treasureton, Twenty-Four Mile, Twin Lakes, and others.  Here’s a blanket statement:  get out to these soon and concentrate on fishing deeper waters early and late in the day.   Damselfly nymph and small leech patterns and fly rod jigs should work well. This Monday, July 16th, Sand Creek Ponds open to fishing from a boat. Water levels there appear to be good. The same is the case with Paul Reservoir in the Beaver Creek drainage.


Still Waters 7-7-12

Take it to the bank that because waters are now warming, it is time to go deeper or look for the coolest locations available in any still water location you fish.  Fish will go deep looking for better concentrations of dissolved oxygen.  It’s a good idea to have a reliable thermometer available when you visit a still water. Check water temperature a bit below the surface. When you see temperatures above the low to mid 60s, don’t expect the best fishing such location can offer.   Late and especially very early in the day may be exceptions if water gets cooler.



Still Waters 7-3-12

To be sure, midging under an indicator will get you action on all reservoirs.  But we have reports of fishing taking adult damselflies on the surface on all reservoirs, even on days with some wind.  So now is the time to get your “dry fly reflexes” tuned up before the gulper season begins.


Still Waters 6-29-12

We don’t like to repeat old information, but in this case we do so because of the potential for enjoyable fishing.  On our still waters to the south (Chesterfield, Daniels, Twenty-Four Mile, Hawkins, Treasureton, Springfield, and other reservoirs) trout are responding very well to adult damselflies.  Wind free periods are best, if you can find them. Try early in the day, or even late.  Off-the-beaten-path places like Weston , Condie, Deep Creek, and Devil Creek reservoirs also offer trout responding in this manner.  Some will offer bass which like adult damselflies, too!


Still Waters 6-26-12

Damselfly activity, with adult and with nymph patterns is the way to action almost everywhere now.  That means concentrate on shallow waters holding submerged vegetation. Best to present you favorite nymph pattern with a slow troll or a slow hand-twist retrieve. Intermediate lines apply real well for these kinds of fishing, but a floating line with long leader can also work in shallow water. Using a floating line also makes it quicker to switch to an adult pattern when surface action begins.


Still Waters 6-23-12

Fish are keying on damselfly nymphs on all reservoirs now. Use a slow troll of your favorite nymph pattern in shallow waters. Look for submerged vegetation for best fishing.