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Still Water 5-28-09

Twin Lakes bluegills are getting quite active, but if crowds of anglers and others show up, try Lamont or Johnson reservoirs.  Bluegills in these are waking up, too.   Trout fishing in other reservoirs is approaching best conditions.   Chesterfield offers best fishing near the dam where efforts around coves, shallows and willows bring action for those presenting small, dark leech patterns and damselfly nymph imitations.  Most of lower reservoir has clear water.  Fish the shallows in Daniels and Hawkins with dark colored leeches and damselfly nymph patterns.  Fish in springfield Res. seem to respond best to midge pupa patterns. Try red zebra midges, black pupa patterns, and experiment to find taking depth.

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Still Water 5-25-09

Big news here is that Twin Lakes bluegills are beginning to respond to flies presented around willows and in shallows. Other than that, Daniels, Hawkins and Springfield reservoirs continue to produce for those presenting leech patterns deep and midge pupa under strike indicators.  Try the transition waters between shallows and drop-offs.  Chesterfield remains a bit spotty with some good and slow reports coming in. Twenty-Four Mile is beginning to produce for those using small leech patterns.   On all of these try placing a leech pattern 6-10 feet underneath a strike indicator and slowly drift with the wind. This seems to be a good technique for fish in deeper water.

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Stillwaters 05-23-09

We have received a couple of good reports from Twin Lakes. The blugills and crappie have moved into the willows.  Twin Lakes should be good fishing through the entire month of June due to the good water year. Use a small beadhead fly like a blugill candy or beadhead damsel on a floating line. If we get a little cold spell and the fish move to deeper water in the mornings switch to sinking line until the water warms later in the day. For crappie try a Size 6 olive/chartruese clouse minnow. It can work good for bass too.

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Still Waters 5-21-09

Most of these will be destinations for week-enders on the “unofficial opening of summer”.  Daniels and Hawkins reservoirs remain the best fishing with Chesterfield Reservoir improving.  Use patterns that we have recently recommended for all of these. Same for Springfield Reservoir.  We have a few reports on Twenty-four Mile Reservoir now. Leech and damselfly nymph patterns are working there.

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Still Water 5-18-09

Good news here is that the ice appears to be leaving Henry’s Lake.  That means it should be ready for fishing this upcoming weekend.  In southeast Idaho, Daniels and Hawkins reservoirs remain the stars of the show.  Water is clear in both with shallows and bays the best locations for action on leech and woolly bugger and midge pupa patterns.  The few folks we have talked to about fishing Chesterfield Reservoir say fishing is good  on leech patterns presented around coves and bays.  Springfield is producing for those using midge patterns, especially red zebra and other midge emerger patterns.  Ice is off both Devil Creek and Deep Creek reservoirs, and they are producing for those presenting small leech patterns.  If you are looking for bass, try American Falls Reservoir at Sportsman’s Park.

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Still Waters 5-14-09

Right now  these are providing the best fishing in the region.   Chesterfield Res. is waking up.  We have reports of folks doing well along the south shoreline coves above the dam.  Leeches, prince nymphs, and midge pupa are beginning to bring action.  Daniels and Hawkins reservoirs are still producing well with flies described in the last few reports.  Springfield Res. is fishing best with midge pupa. Experiment to find the depths at which fish are feeding.   If the ” pupa below an indicator technique” does not produce, try putting one on an intermediate line, then troll it at VERY SLOW speed.

Has anyone tried the Harriman fsih Pond?

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Still Water 5-07-09

Carp Classic V will take place on the Blackfoot Reservoir May 15th and 16th.  Three person teams will compete with prizes, raffles and give-aways.  Roads to the reservoir are open, and the carp are waiting!  This event is more than a tournament: it is a fund raiser for the Eric Gagel Family College Fund. To enter or for more info on this event, contact Brooks Montgomery–208-756-3303 or [email protected]

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Still Waters 5-04-09

Daniels Reservoir has cleared and is fishing well for those using midge pupa patterns.  Same applies to Hawkins Reservoir.  The Dairy Creek Road from Hawkins  Res. to Daniels Res. is open.  Springfield Reservoir offers fair fishing for those using midge pupa patterns. Experiment to find the taking depth.  Chesterfield appears to have turned over last week, but remains somwhat discolored near the Toponce Creek diversion inlet.  Small leech patterns bring some action.

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Still waters 4-27-09

Ice is off Palisades Reservoir and water levels are low. There are plenty of locations where one can walk the shoreline to present streamers and wooly buggers. Sink-tip and full sink lines will work for getting these to cruising fish.

Springfield Reservoir has been good fishing, Except when fish have been feeding during a blanket midge emergence. Mornings and evenings are best, and red zebra midges are a taking pattern.

Chesterfield, Daniels, Devil Creek, and Hawkins are now all ice free, but we have little info on how well they are fishing. You can help by giving them a try and letting us know of your experience!

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Springfield Reservoir 4-13-09

Springfield Reservoir has turned over, and fishing success is picking up again. Midge life cycle patterns early and late in the day are the best bets for success. Experiment with depth of pupa patterns below your indicator to find taking depth. Fish shallows and drop offs around springs and the main channel.  Small leech, scud and soft hackled streamers work well when presented with a very slow retrieve.

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