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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our still waters are pretty much iced over now. Springfield Reservoir is the exception. Springs at the west end keep this part of it ice free though winter. The east end ices over. On nice weekend days the open water becomes quite crowded with anglers trying to remedy cabin fever. During nice week days the open water is not so crowded. Pontoon or hard sided boating are the most comfortable ways of fishing here as waters are typically in the high & mid forties in degrees F. True, most ‘bows present are 16-20″ individuals from recent IDF&G plants, but some very large hold-overs are present. These are worthy opponents, and the easy access at Springfield makes a great alternative for a trophy during winter time. These big guys forage on the abundant chub minnows in the reservoir. Presenting midge pupa and small leech patterns also offer a chance to encounter these fish.
Some great fishing is to be had on Chesterfield, Daniels and Hawkins reservoirs. Big fish have moved into shallows in each, so intermediate lines and leech patterns in fall colors are the way to fish. Best fishing on Daniels seems late and early in the day. Fish in front of the dam at Hawkins. Any time seems to work on Chesterfield. Springfield had been planted three times by mid October, but hold-overs are running to the mid-twenty inch range. All you have to do to encounter one is get past the planters. Sand Creek ponds remain fishable, but action seems a bit slow with fall color leech patterns. Midge pupa patterns under a strike indicator will work on all these when you find the taking depth.