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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Still Water (Page 30)

Still Waters 7-04-09

A lot of action is taking place here. Chesterfield is at its best at the upper end where you can get away from boating & skiing recreationists.  Try damselfly nymphs, midge pupa, speckled dun life cycle patterns and small leeches. At Daniels Reservoir fish shorelines with damselfly nymphs and speckled dun life cycle patterns before the wind kicks in.  When it does head for the upper end with the same flies and midge pupa.   Remember the gold ribbed hare’s ear? It is still the best callibaetis emerger (size 10-14) going when fished just under the surface.   Pretty much the same goes for Hawkins Reservoir when things turn windy.  Small black leeches and midge pupa are producing on Springfield Reservoir, and we have word that Island Park Reservoir is producing quite well for those presenting blood worm patterns at the taking depth.  Twin Lakes bluegills continue to be active, but so are boating recreationists.  So head for the willows there.  Want to try a gentle place? the Harriman Fish Pond is a good choice. Very few of the large fish remain, but the 10-14 inch catchables will provide good action for the neophyte, the physically challenged, or for the fly-fisher seeking just a change of location.


Still Waters 6-30-09

Plan on all of those with easy access to be crowded this upcoming weekend.  That includes Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Island Park, Springfield, Twin Lakes, and Twenty-Four Mile,  But all will be good fishing.  Again try transitions, coves, weed beds, and shallows with midge pupa, damselfly nymphs, small leeches and callibaetis life cycle patterns.  These areas are also less attractive to boating recreationists, too


Still Waters 6-26-09

Chesterfield Res. is producing some great fishing.   Damselfly nymphs, speckled dun life cycle patterns,  and midge pupa are the top producers.  Coves and bays, transitions, weedy areas are best.  Don’t overlook trying backswimmer and waterboatman patterns in shallow water.   All the same applies for Daniels Res. : the upper end and east shoreline are great places for action. The east shoreline early and late in the day when the wind is not blowing may just provide action that keeps you out of a boat or tube.   At Hawkins Res. try the upper end where coves and submerged vegetation host a lot of the same insects.  For Twenty-Four Mile Res., try creek inlets with damsefly nymphs and small leech patterns.  Twin Lakes bluegills remain active.


Still Waters 6-19-09

All of those in southeastern Idaho, that is from Bingham County southeast are doing great. Here’s another bunch of candidates if you must get that boat out. On any of these: Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, Springfield, Twenty-Four Mile, Twin Lakes; go for structure.  That is bays, inlets, and coves.  Also look for shoreline vegetation. Damselfly nymphs, leech patterns, scuds, and midge pupa all in your favorite patterns presented at taking depths all are proving effective.


Still Waters 6-15-09

A few damselflies are moving on nearly all these in the southeast. This includes Daniels, Chesterfield, Twenty-Four Mile, Hawkins and Springfield reservoirs.   Allow a few days of warm weather and they will really begin moving on all of these.  Meanwhile, stick to the transition waters, fish the coves, inlets, and weedy areas with scuds and small leech patterns.  Your favorite midge pupa under a strike indicator with an almost painfully slow retrieve will produce on these.  Experiment to find the taking depth.  The upper end of Daniels is a great example of where to fish.


Still Water 6-12-09

Most of these are fishing very well right now. Midge pupa under an indicator seems to work everywhere. Chesterfield produces around coves and willows as well as near the upper end (But below the reservation boundary). Daniels Res. (and Hawkins Res.) continues to produce best on the upper end and around shorelines before the wind kicks up.  Twenty-Four Mile Reservoir is coming alive with midge pupa and small leeches producing.  The big news is that damselfly nymphs are beginning to appear on all these with the peak and real action yet to come. Treasureton Res. is still in a recovery mode from the fish kill of a few years ago.


Still Waters 6-08-09

Not much change from the great fishing conditions we gave in our report a few days ago.  Look for more blue gill activity in such as LaMont and Johnson reservoirs as we move into June.  And don’t forget that damselflies emerge earlier in southeast Idaho still waters than those waters at higher elevation such as Henry’s Lake.


Still Waters 6-04-09

With Henry’s Lake slowing down it is a gift to have these places with great fishing ongoing.   Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins and Twenty-Four Mile have been offering very good fishing for quite some time.  On all these concentrate efforts around shallows, such as the upper end, around the trees, and along the east shoreline at Daniels.  Try the coves and around willows and tules on Chesterfield, and the upper end bays and drop-offs at Hawkins.  Use damselfly nymph patterns, small leech patterns and midge pupa under an indicator (experiment to find taking depth).  Twin Lakes bluegills remain active.  Use bluegill candy, foam spiders, midge pupa, and small clousers.  Weston Reservoir has been producing nice trout and some perch  over by the cliffs, but remember float tubes only here. Treasureton Res. is still recovering from the fish kill two winters ago.  Springfield seems to be the slow one of the bunch, but early and late day midge pupa at taking depth will bring some action.


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.


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.