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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Still Water (Page 20)

Still Waters 5-21-2011

Daniels, Hawkins, and now Springfield reservoirs offer the best fishing.  Midge pupa, any damselfly nymph imitations, and VERY small fly rod jigs are the ways to go.  Three of us tried Springfield yesterday.  Not much action until late afternoon.  Fish began midging then and taking the very few speckled duns emerging.  We had fish up to 22″, mostly from the east end.  Damselfly nymph patterns seemed to work best.  No big numbers of damselfly nymphs moving yet, but you gotta remember that they are in the water all the time and therefore available for trout to some degree.   That is why their imitations are effective even in the early season on these still waters.  We will keep up to date on how waters clear on Chesterfield and 24-Mile reservoirs. They still have run-off inflows, so when that slows these will become better fishing.

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Still Water 5-18-2011

Just as Tim said on 5/16, it’s still the same: Chesterfield Res. looks like chocolate milk thanks to run-off from Toponce Creek and the Portneuf River.  Add Twenty-Four Mile to the list of chocolate milk look-alikes.   That leaves Daniels, Devil Creek, Hawkins, and Springfield on the list of reservoirs with clearer water.  Midging brings good results on all these.  So do damselfly nymph and small leech patterns. We have no solid info on Treasureton Reservoir yet, but there has been good holdover water through the winter, and some very large fish were taken from it late last season.

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Still Water 5/16

We just received word for Tom that the water at Chesterfield lo0ked like chocolate milk! As we continue runoff for the time being, this reservoir will remain muddy. Stay tuned for more details and we will let you know as soon as the water clears.

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Still Waters 5-14-2011

These are coming around, and for the most part offer the best fishing in the area.  That’s because run off has reached most of our streams.  Midging will bring you action–just find the taking depth.   Damselfly nymphs, small bead head nymphs, and leech patterns are the ticket most everywhere.   Most action will be in shallower water, so concentrate your efforts there.  The upper end of Daniels Res. , Hawkins Res.  in front of the dam and along the roadside willows, Chesterfield Res. from the Toponce diversion to the dam are good candidate places to try now.

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Still Waters 5-11-2010

Improvements coming everywhere with our warming weather.   For all of these midge pupa below indicators, once you find the taking depth, will work.  So will damselfly nymph patterns and small leech patterns.  If you try shallows on all still waters, which you should,don’t overlook dragonfly nymph patterns this time of year.  Fish them right on the bottom, with a slow retrieve (towards shorelines) interrupted with an occasional twitch.

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Still Waters 5-7-2011

Action is picking up on all reservoirs in the southeast corner of Idaho. Midge pupa under an indicator presented at the taking depth is working well.   So are damselfly nymph and standard sized (#4-#8) leach patterns.  Shallower waters and around submerged vegetation are best because they tend to be warmer and produce more food forms.   Of these reservoirs Springfield seems to offer slowest action.  Mackay Reservoir is fishing well at inlet channels. Try leech patterns.  With respect to still waters at higher elevations,  it’s going to be interesting to see when these become ice  free.   Ice on Henry’s Lake remains healthy and needs warm weather stretches to change. Same for Island Park Reservoir.

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Still Waters 5-4-2011

All these are improving, so get those belly-boats and pontoon boats ready!  For all these places small leech and damselfly nymph patterns as well as midge pupa under an indicator work best.  The best fishing on Chesterfield Res. is from the Toponce diversion over to the dam.  Concentrate in front of the willows and in the shallows.  At Daniels Res. try the north end.   The road over Dairy Creek  Summit is open.  At Twenty-Four Mile Res. the last 100 yards or so of the road remains snow covered.  At Hawkins Reservoir in front of the dam and parallel to the highway is best fishing.   Springfield Reservoir remains only fair fishing, looks like a warming trend will help action there.   No report on fishing at Treasureton Res yet.

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Still Waters 4/30/2011

They are beginning to shape up.  Try the upper end of Daniels Reservoir with your midge pupa rigs, damselfly nymph, and small leech patterns.  Try trolling those midge pupa AS SLOWLY AS YOU CAN BEAR!  Road over Dairy Creek is muddy but passable for 4-WDs. Chesterfield is still a bit slow.  Best places are in front of dam and around Toponce Creek inlet. Try small leech patterns. Shallows at Springfield Res. remain best fishing there; same deal as Daniels Reservoir : troll midge pupa or BLMs SLOW, SLOW, SLOW.  If you remain awake, give a little twitch once in a while.  No reports on Treasureton or 24-Mile reservoirs yet.  Shallows in American Falls Reservoir are producing for those using big leech patterns.

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Still Waters 4/23/2011

Ice is off Chesterfield Reservoir and fishing is slow.  No word yet on ice  off/on Twenty-Four Mile.  Fishing at Daniels  Reservoir is fair with water still quite cold.  Springfield Reservoir has turned over: best fishing is in shallows. Use  midge pupa under strike indicator, or troll BLMs VERY slowly.   Hawkins may be best fishing of these reservoirs.  Big fish being caught in front of dam  for those fishing damselfly nymph and small leech patterns.

As soon as we warm up, look for fishing to pick up on all these. When improvements come and best patterns to use come to light, we will announce such here.

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Springfield Reservoir has been ice free all winter. Right now, if wind doesn’t blow it away, fishing is a bit slow.  Best times are early AMs and evenings. Look for fish midging in shallower water. In deeper water try small leech patterns on intermediate lines.  Hawkins Reservoir is ice free. Try small leech patterns in deeper water.   Ice will begin leaving higher elevation reservoirs, including Daniels, Chesterfield and Twenty-Four Mile soon.  Fishing shorelines free of ice can be productive with leech patterns.  Problem will be access, especially for Twenty-Four Mile.

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