Reports are coming in of damselfly nymphs moving on most still waters. So whether you try Chesterfield, Hawkins, 24-Mile, Daniels, or Treasureton or any other be ready to fish shallow waters and around bays and weed beds. Twin Lakes bluegills are very active now, with such as bluegill candy, popper, and spider patterns working very well for fish in shallow waters and around willow clumps.
Best fishing is at Chesterfield Reservoir. Try black & tan leeches and halloweens fairly deep and trail them with a mercury midge (size 12) about 18″ behind. Fish are taking damselfly nymphs sporadically on Daniels and Twenty-Four Mile reservoirs. Some big trout are being caught in deeper water by the dam at Hawkins Reservoir. Use the same set-up we described for Chesterfield. Fishing with damselfly nymphs should pick up just about everywhere very soon now, so where ever you visit be sure to have these in the fly box. Want to try an out of the way place safe for youngsters and holding eager fish? Paul Reservoir in Clark County west of Interstate-15 is a great candidate. Take the Humphrey Exit just this side of Monida Pass. Go under the highway , then turn right. For twelve miles you go through ranching country and high desert. You ford a couple of small streams, climb a short grade and emerge at the dam. Paul Reservoir stretches out for about a third of a mile ahead of you, and it is full of cutts ranging to 15″. ——-Have a great time!
24-Mile Reservoir: Damsels, Callibaetis and midge nymphs are working well. Damsels are the best ticket. Fish are averaging 14 to 17 inches. Lots of small fish have been planted. Fish deeper to get past the planters. A #2 , intermediate or sink tip line work best. Deep nymphing with an indicator can also be beneficial.
We just haven’t caught any “bigger” fish in the past year. We are still looking for that 24-26 inch fish that always kept me coming back to this reservoir.
Stay tuned for more, as temperatures and conditions warm, good hatches of Callibaetis and Damsels will continue and proliferate. Look for surface activity with fish taking both adult (dry) Damsels and adult Callibaetis. This can be some superb gulper fishing—not just yet–give it a couple of weeks.
Fishing yesterday on Chesterfield was overall, very good. These have got to be some of the strongest fish I have ever caught.
Water conditions are great-the reservoir is full, and for this time of the year, that bids well for the rest of the season also. the cool, wet weather has slowed the damsel
fly hatch, but I can assure you, they are on their way.
Right now the fish are still relatively deep. Use either an intermediate , sink tip, or #2 sinking line with a damsel nymph. Indicator fishing with a beadhead damsel can be very good as well.
Callibaetis nymphs are a good bet as well, with things expected to pick up even more this next week.
Action on such as Chesterfield, Daniels, Twenty-Four Mile, Treasureton, Springfield, and Hawkins will pick up as weather warms. Damselfly nymphs, working sporadically now, will be the best choice. For now midge pupa under an indicator will work. Some success can be had using brown leech patterns in deeper waters. Twin Lakes with its active bluegills would be a great place for a Father’s Day trip with the family.
Still the same if you are looking for big trout. For almost all of these, damselfly nymph patterns are your best bet. Concentrate on shallow waters. Again, see our 5-2-10 still water fishing report for fly selections.
Bluegills and crappies are becoming active in Twin Lakes. Rollie was there yesterday and did quite well using black poppers and white spiders in shallow water.
The big news is that damselflies are beginning to emerge on many southeast Idaho reservoirs. With warm weather coming such as Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Treasureton, Twenty-Four Mile and Springfield will offer some great fishing. Concentrate on shallow waters, around submerged vegetation and bays. See our 5-20-10 Still Waters fishing report for suggested fly patterns.
Now with warmer weather coming look for warm water species to become active. As soon as they do, we will post suggestions here.
You can bet all with camping & boating facilities will be crowded. Across the board ( Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, 24-Mile, Springfield, Treasureton) the way to go is damselfly nymph imitations. Stick to shallow water. No damselfly adults flying yet—they need warm weather.