Not many fish are being landed from Treasureton Reservoir, but those that get that far are big. Try damselfly nymph and snail patterns. Midge pupa patterns under an indicator and at taking depth will get you into fish on Daniels Reservoir. Twenty-Four Mile Reservoir offers good fishing for those using leech and damselfly nymph patterns and midge pupa patterns under an indicator. At Hawkins Reservoir try damselfly nymph and leech patterns in front of the dam for some action.
Even though they are not filled, fishing on Chesterfield and Twenty-Four Mile Reservoirs has been good, with some nice ‘bows being caught. Action on Daniels Reservoir has picked up. There is more water here because a conservation pool applies. Hawkins has action with cutthroat responding near the dam. What is interesting is that leech patterns seem currently to be working best in all these waters.
Some of our still waters are beginning to shape up to the point of good fishing. Daniels Reservoir seems to be among the best. Try midge pupa patterns drifted a foot or two from the bottom and under an indicator. Try the same at Hawkins Reservoir which is also producing. The Dairy Creek Road, passable but rutted, leaves the pavement at Hawkins Dam to provide quickest access to Daniels Reservoir. Chesterfield remains slow with discolored water. Twenty-Four Mile Reservoir is beginning to produce, and the road is passable with care. We have very few good reports to date for Springfield Reservoir where water is low and somewhat discolored.
The only information we have is on Springfield Reservoir which is ice free. Last weekend water was about two feet low, discolored, and fishing slow. To the south Treasureton and Hawkins Reservoirs are ice free, but we have little information on fishing them. Most waters at higher elevations remain ice covered.
With the recent cold weather snap we are having, the open water fishing on Henry’s Lake is probably done for the year. The lake will most likely be frozen over within a week or so if these conditions continue. If by some chance the weather warms up and the lake stays open, look for fish to be extremely scattered and suspended in deeper water. However, if you are into ice fishing, you have until January 1st to enjoy the great ice fishing opportunity Henry’s presents.
Stillwaters to the South should continue to fish okay, but this extreme cold weather is really going to slow things down. Be sure to cover a lot of water when fishing this time of year! Springfield reservoir is one exception here, fishing seems to be excellent down there as long as you can stand the cold. Fishing small chironomid pupa (size 14-20) under an indicator typically produces best. Springfield was stocked recently so there should be plenty of 17″+ fish down there willing to take a fly.
Conditions are constantly changing this time of year, so be sure to give us a call or stop in for up to the minute information!
Henry’s Lake has been fishing well this past week. Things seem to have finally turned around up there. Fish have been caught on the west shore from Duck Creek to Staley Springs, The Northshore, the Cliffs, and State Park area. Water from 2-8ft deep has been most productive, fish that with an intermediate or type II line and hang on. Fly patterns that have been producing are black crystal buggers, midnight fire, and Lt. Olive and Tan crystals. Get up there while you can, any time you are able to fish on Henry’s after the end of October is on borrowed time. Only a matter of time before the lake will be frozen solid.
Other Stillwaters in the area have been fishing well lately too. Daniels and Springfield have been the most consistent fishing. Chironomids (any color size 10-18) under indicators and leech patterns mentioned above in the Henry’s lake portion have been the best patterns. Fishing in the late morning/afternoon has produced better then being out there at first light. Chesterfield is the one lake in the area we have not heard anything good lately. We have received a lot of calls regarding this very popular lake and the news just isn’t good. I believe two consecutive years of extreme drawdown and summer heat have had an impact. There are still some very nice, maybe the nicest in the area, fish to be had, but they are few and far between. If you do decide to head up there, fish hard and cover a lot of water! Hebgen, Hawkins, and Island Park have all been fishing good lately too, toughest decision this time of year is just deciding where to fish!
Please give us a call or stop in if you have any questions on the local stillwater scene!
Currently Daniels Reservoir provides some of our best still water fishing. Midge pupa patterns under an indicator and presented two to ten feet in depth are producing. A scud bloom is ongoing, and fish seem most interested in them. So pack you favorite patterns to be presented on an intermediate line. Weeds are beginning to break up in Springfield Reservoir making fishing below the surface (mostly a midge pupa below an indicator, small nymph or leech patterns) a lot easier.
Daniels Reservoir currently offers the best fishing on our irrigation reservoirs. A terrific scud bloom is ongoing there.Take advantage of it by using your favorite scud pattern on an intermediate line. Also try suspending that pattern under an indicator and giving an occasional small twitch. Trying these techniques near submerged vegetation brings best results. Midge pupa patterns presented two to ten feet under an indicator are also producing, but trout seem most interested in the plentiful scuds. Weeds are beginning to break up on Springfield Reservoir making for easier wet fly fishing. Midge pupa patterns under an indicator, small prince nymphs, and leech patterns in black or olive are producing there.
We fished Sand Creek Pond #4 yesterday, and there is some good news to spread around. Water temps near the surface are in the mid fifties in deg. F. The caretaker hired by IDF&G relates that the ponds are filling. Around 2 PM the speckled dun emergence was thick enough to land individuals on our boats, decorate our hats, but most important to bring fish, large and small, to the surface. We also saw a few BWOs and egg laying caddis. Soft hackled patterns twitched slowly a bit under the surface worked just fine. So did floating speckled dun patterns.