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Still Water

Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Still Water (Page 24)

Still Waters 8-17-10

After being featured in last week’s Post Register Outdoor section, Sand Creek Ponds have received some attention.  Gulpers are providing late morning to early afternoon action in Pond #4.  Hold-over rainbows go more than twenty inches, and some fair sized brook trout can be found in the spring creeks feeding these ponds.   Best action can be had by launching a float tube or kick boat.  Ponds are motorless fishing only.  Consider trying adult damsel patterns here and on other still waters.   We have word of some good action resulting from presenting them on Springfield Reservoir.


Still Waters 8-7-10

What Tom gave in the 8-2-10 still water report for Chesterfield applies to all our irrigation reservoirs with the possible exception of Paul Reservoir at the head of the Beaver Creek drainage.   So if you seek good still waters, it is time to head to mountain lakes.  Some of the nearest in eastern Idaho are Aldous (Centennial Range above Kilgore), Meadow (West of Gilmore Summit), and Mill (off Sawmill Creek), Iron Bog, Brockie and Fishpole ( off Antelope Creek near Moore, ID) lakes. On all these gulpers will be working by mid day, so such as a parachute adams suffice.   Small leech patterns  fished near drop-offs and around shoreline vegetation will also work.   Copper Basin and the Lemhi river drainage feature several lakes. Come to the shop for more information on these.


Still Water 8-2-10

Fishing on Chesterfield yesterday definitely showed signs of change. The surface temp is pushing 74 degrees and the weed growth and algae bloom are well on their way to being a  a late summer normal characteristic.

Right now is the slow time for all of the SE Idaho reservoirs. Water draw down for irrigation and high daily temps make conditions tough for fish and fisher folk also.

Damsels are still hatching , but have slowed appreciably.

Suggestions would include : Fishing deeper, cooler  water with an intermediate  or # 2  sinking line. Don’t forget about all of your favorite leech patterns along with scuds, midges  and snails.

When you catch fish, please be sure they are revived and upright before you release them.

Don’t fret! Stay tuned, cause the fishing will definitely improve in early September, depending on weather and temperature conditions.

Best Fishes



Still Water 7-31-10

Chesterfield still has been fishing pretty well. The fish are starting to move out into a little deeper water though, making finding the fish a little more difficult. But, when you find the fish and what they are feeding on you can still get into some really good fishing. Damsels are still going on the lake, so fishing with damsel patterns continues to be a good bet. Fish these on floating lines under an indicator, or on sinking lines along with your traditional leech patterns like crystal buggers and mohair leeches. There are a lot of weeds in the lake, but don’t be discouraged by them. Stillwater trout utilize weed beds like you wouldn’t believe. They use them for food, safety, and shade so don’t be afraid to fish right amongst the weeds.

Right now, Chesterfield Reservoir has the best still water fishing in the area.  Springfield, Hawkins and Daniels reservoirs have warmed up, and we have received fewer reports of good fishing from them compared to Chesterfield.


Still Water 7-23-10

As its been mentioned in several previous posts, Chesterfield Reservoir continues to fish very well. The water is getting a little warm with the weather we have had recently, but it really is not  affecting the fishing too much. Intermediate lines and fishing under an indicator are going to be your best bet.  I fished it on both Tuesday 7-20 and Thursday 7-22 and had really good fishing using Damsel nymphs, darker Chironomids, and Callibaetis nymphs.  Stop in at the shop and we can hook you up with patterns and anything else you will need to be successful. Don’t pass up on this opportunity to get into some great fishing for BIG fish!


Still Water 7-22-10

Chesterfield Reservoir is the star of the show here.  That’s because damselflies are emerging big time, with fish readily taking the nymphs and the dries.  Be sure to have your dry and intermediate lines along.  Concentrate your efforts on shallower waters, especially with submerged vegetation.   Bays, coves and shorelines with willows, cat tails and such are good locations.   Watch for rising fish, and be assured that more are likely feeding on nymphs.  Wind can impact the dry fly fishing somewhat, but not nymphing as much.  Word about Chesterfield and its damselflies is out meaning some crowding on best spots, so here are other locations where damselflies are active:  The upper end and east shoreline at Daniels Reservoir, the upper end of Hawkins Reservoir, Twenty-Four Mile Reservoir, Paul Reservoir (great place to take youngsters), shoreline coves and bays on Treasureton Reservoir and Springfield Reservoir.


Still Waters 7-19-10

All the Reservoirs in the southeast corner are featuring damselfly hatches and eager fish. Want a bit of a change and a shorter travel distance if you live in the upper Snake River Plain? Try Ririe Reservoir where perch and small bass are very active  right now.  Come in the shop for information and ideas on how to enjoy these on Ririe Reservoir.


Still Water 7/16

Fishing on Chesterfield continues to be VERY good. Yesterday 7-15 was an unreal day of fishing, get up there while its hot!  There are some huge fish in the reservoir and your almost certainly guaranteed an aerial display.  The fish are hitting a variety of flies including leeches, damsels, chironomids, snails, you name it. Concentrate on fishing the before mentioned bugs on floating or intermediate sinking lines. The fish are up in the water column so a fast sinking line isn’t necessary.

One thing about Stillwater, change your presentation frequently! Very rarely can you catch fish on one presentation all day. The fish are constantly moving, especially in lakes, so you need to move as well. Sinking lines early and indicators later in the day is a good regime to follow.


Still Water 7/13


Wow, Chesterfield is “HOT”. The Damsel flies are coming off even better than ever! The lake is being drawn down a bit, but the water is still in great shape.

Intermediate lines in the morning and evening and indicators and floating lines as the day warms up are really the ticket. Fish your best Damsel pattern, but don’t forget all of the other foods in the lake that the fish are eating right now also. Callibaetis nymphs, scuds, snails, leeches, chironomids and the ever present damsel fly are all great bets.

These are some of the strongest fish that I have ever caught-what a truly fun experience!


Still Waters 7-10-10

If you want some big, crazy hard fighting rainbows you may want to head down to Chesterfield Reservoir. Fishing at Chesterfield has been red hot! I fished it yesterday 7/9 and did really well using a variety of techniques. There are so many different ways to catch fish out of Chesterfield. From midging under an indicator to sight casting to cruising fish and everything in between, its all been producing. Floating lines and full sinking lines ranging from an intermediate to a type 3 will cover all circumstances you will encounter on the reservoir. If you haven’t ever given still waters a try, give it a shot. Stop in at the shop and we can hook you up with all the information and fly patterns you will need to be successful.