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Still Waters 9-8-18

 

Daniels Res

Daniels Reservoir remains offering the best still water fishing to the south. Try midge patterns deep under an indicator, or small leech patterns in shallow water. If wind muddies shorelines through wave action, present those leech patterns close to the clear-discolored water interface.

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Still Waters 8-25-18

Sand Creek Ponds 2

A fish salvage order is applied to Treasureton Reservoir. Looks like the future of all fish present is limited to a matter of days. Our warm dry weather lasting several weeks results in slow fishing, especially in the smaller, shallower lakes and ponds.  Exceptions include Daniels and Chesterfield Reservoirs in early AM hours where fishing at depth (ie midge pupa patterns under an indicator) can be effective.  Try bloodworm patterns around Island Park Reservoir springs.  Try fishing for warm water species at such as Condie, Johnson, Winder, and Glendale Reservoirs.  Or wait until October!

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Still Waters 8-4-18

 

 

 

Aldous Lake

So many of our lower elevation still waters are suffering the “mid-summer blues” with algae blooms, depth reduction, and warming water temps. There is one still water, that if you do not mind packing a flotation device a bit more that a mile on a well-maintained trail tends to have these issues in reduced amounts.  That is Aldous Lake northeast of Kilgore. This is the time of year when speckled dun and damselfly activity interests every cuttie in the lake.   You can fish from shore and have success only on a limited basis, but the flotation device gets you onto the lake to the springs where most fish concentrate. It also gets you away from the diminishing mosquito population.  Mid-day to early evening is the best time to enjoy this somewhat remote still water.

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Still Waters 7-28-18

 

Paul Res (2)

Our lengthy hot dry (excluding hit or miss thundershowers) weather has been a main reason for many of our still waters heating up or having an algae bloom.  We had a report of water temperature in Sand Creek Pond #4 being in the mid 70s in degrees F.   Shallower places in Daniels Reservoir have water temperatures around this level. Water temperatures this high will slow down fishing anywhere, and playing fish at these water temperatures can be a death sentence. Might be best in such a situation to wait out these water temps until they reach a level not so tough on fish.

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Still Waters 7-17-18

Sand Creek Ponds 2

Sand Creek Ponds are now open to boat fishing, but we have yet to receive fishing success information to pass on. Anyway, speckled dun and damselfly life cycle  and leech patterns should be in your fly box when you visit. Present these on floating lines in the shallow waters and intermediate lines in the deeper waters along the rip-rap. Early mornings are the best time to avoid crowding at this popular still water.  Horseshoe Lake is another place you can avoid crowding just about any time. A bonus for fishing here is the presence of grayling. Best success at Daniels is to fish midge pupa deep (that means ten to twelve feet) under an indicator.  As all our still waters begin warming during summer look for fish to seek the coolest water. That means look for them to frequent depth, submerged springs, and inlets.

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Still Waters 6-23-18

Mike Miller  at Sheridan

Irrigation reservoirs hosting trout to the south are shaping up. Daniels, Hawkins, Chesterfield, and Daniels report good fishing with speckled dun and damselfly nymphs working best.  Warmer weather coming next week could bring on some dry fly fishing for adults of these.  Look out for wind and storms on al of these.

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Still Waters 5-29-18

horseshoe (2)

Here is some road information for getting into two popular family fishing still waters. As of today, snow blocks the Horseshoe Lake Road just as the lake is approached.  The Fish Creek Road currently remains snow covered preventing access to Fish Creek Pond ( Teardrop Lake).  Further information on these and other back country roads in Caribou-Targhee National Forest can be obtained through such as the Ashton District (208-652-7442) and Palisades District (208-523-1412) offices.

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Still Waters 5-5-18

Sand Creek Piggy

With most of our approachable streams running high with runoff, folks are looking at still waters for an outing.  Most reports we have indicate slow fishing on most still waters. At  Springfield Reservoir presenting a midge pupa pattern under an indicator at depth is the best bet.  Chesterfield Reservoir action is as slow as molasses in January, and Twenty-Four Mile Reservoir seems to feature only small fish. We have no reports of action on Hawkins and Treasureton Reservoirs.  Roads to Horseshoe and Teardrop Lakes remain snow covered.

You will have to go the long way around (through Malad City) to fish Daniels Reservoir.  The short cut of Dairy Creek Road above Hawkins Reservoir is currently impassable but will soon be worked on.

If/when we hear of action picking up anywhere, we will post such here

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Still Waters 10-14-17

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Daniels and Hawkins Reservoirs currently offer some of the best still water fishing in the area. Midge pupa patterns presented at the taking depth and under an indicator and small leech patterns seem to be the best choices for action. With our current windy conditions fishing the edge of mud lines formed by wave action at Daniels will be productive when woolly bugger types are offered.  Next week IDF&G has scheduled Springfield Reservoir to be stocked with 1000  16″ rainbow trout.  Give these fish a number of days to get accustomed, and they will provide fast fishing but make it a bit tougher to encounter larger hold-over rainbows.

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Still Waters 9-30-17

Mike Miller at Sheridan

Looks like the fall season is finally bringing on good still water fishing. Daniels Reservoir is fishing as good as it has all year. The upper end and outside edge of shoreline mud plumes when wind is blowing seem best locations.  Seems like almost any technique from using  a midge pupa under a strike indicator (must find taking depth), fly rod jigs, damsel fly nymph, and leech patterns attract fish.  The same applies to Hawkins Reservoir where the fish may run a bit smaller but are just as eager especially for speckled dun life cycle patterns. Have not heard reports for Sand Creek Ponds  to date, but fishing success has surely improved there.

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