Almost anywhere midge pupa pattern underneath a strike indicator will take fish. all you must do is find the taking depth. Folks are picking up fish on fall color leech patterns on Chesterfield, Daniels, Twenty-four Mile, and Hawkins. Springfield has been the slowest of the bunch, but action there always picks up towards the end of this month.
Action is really picking up on most of these. Try fall color leeches on Chesterfield Reservoir where algae bloom is nearly gone. Use same color leeches on Daniels Reservoir, but prince and hare’s ear nymphs are working. A few callibaetis remain on Hawkins Reservoir. Of course midge pupa under a strike indicator will work on all these when you find the taking depth. Springfield Res. seems to be the slowest of the bunch, but action there will pick up as we move towards the end of the month.
That Chesterfield and Daniels reservoirs are now filling is good news for next year. Using midge pupa patterns under an indicator is producing well in both places provided one can find the taking depth. Weeds are starting to break up on Springfield Reservoir, so more open water is available there. Midge pupa and small leech patterns will work there.
The weather is going to cool off next week, and this will be just the ticket for fishing to pick up on these places. Right now Daniels Reservoir is the top producer with fish being taken on midge pupa below an indicator, but give things a bit of time, and other waters will be just as good.
Water is being stored in many of these including Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Twin Lakes, and Twenty-Four Mile reservoirs. This bodes well for next year. For all the above waters and for Springfiled as well, leeches in fall colors and midge pupa patterns below indicators are the best way for action. One place we did not have much to report on is Treasureton Reservoir which is still in a recovery mode from the late winter fish kill of two years ago. Next year should be different as Treasureton should return to its record of being a great still water fishery.
Action will begin to pick up all over as we begin to cool. Daniels Reservoir currently offers the best fishing. Try shallow areas such as the east shoreline and the upper end. Use midge pupa patterns with a strike indicator, or try small leech or BLM patterns trolled as slowly as possible. When action picks up on other reservoirs, we will pass on information here.