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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Still Water (Page 9)

Stillwater 5-4-16

Fishing is starting to pick up on all area reservoirs open to fishing. Daniels, Chesterfield, Springfield, Hawkins, etc…. Most good fishing has been on indicators fishing with Chironomids in the deeper water. Focus on water around the 10-20 ft range, start on the bottom and work your way up from there. Fish will often be suspended this time of year to intercept chironomid pupa on their way to the surface. Patterns like the chromie size 12-14, black sally 12-14, summer duck pupa 12-14, and the bungie buzzers in 12 have been effective. Leech fisherman are still finding some action fishing shallow early and late and out deep during the day. Use an intermediate in the shallow stuff and a type III out in the deeper water. Any dark leech patterns should produce well. Fishing should only continue to improve as the water warms up so be sure to check back often for reports.


Still Waters 5-3-16

Still water fishing pressure will really increase as we warm up this month. In preparation for this IDF&G has released their stocking plan for the region. Here are some highlights from it with respect to numbers of rainbow trout to be released sometime this month.

Ashton Reservoir 1300, Blue Creek Reservoir 2000, Harriman Fish Pond (dam has been repaired, so isn’t dry anymore!) 1500, Horseshoe Lake  1500, Island Park Reservoir 2400, Mackay Reservoir 4200, Ririe Reservoir 6700, Sand Creek #1 3500, Sand Creek #4 1500, Teardrop Lake 800, and Jim Moore Pond (Roberts Gravel Pond) with 1800 tiger trout.

View the entire plan on the IDF&G’s web site Upper Snake Region page.




Still Waters 4-16-16

Ice is off all irrigation reservoirs south and east of Pocatello. All we need now is a bunch of experiences to assemble a report. Blackfoot River Reservoir is not free of ice as of today. It is best to try Springfield Reservoir during week days to minimize crowding. Fishing success there has been “on and off.”  Midge pupa patterns under an indicator at taking depth or slowly trolled patterns such as Randy Randolph’s BLM can bring interest from hold-over rainbows.


Still Waters 4-5-16

Ice is off Daniels Reservoir, but it is a bit soon for an accumulation of fishing experience.  Presenting midge pupa patterns under an indicator might be a good strategy for now.  Some of the Chesterfield Reservoir shoreline is free of ice, so it will be ice-free in a matter of days. No word on Twenty-Four Mile Reservoir yet, but being a bit higher in elevation than Chesterfield Res., ice-out progress is usually the same or a bit slower there.  Fishing success on Springfield Reservoir varies day to day. Midge pupa under an indicator and small leech patterns work time to time.   Week-ends can be a bit crowded there, so Mondays through Thursdays offer a better choice of water to fish.


Still Waters 3-26-16

Most of our lakes and ponds remain iced over or just beginning to lose ice.  When we learn of any becoming ice free and fishing well, we will post such information here.


Still Water 10-24-15

Even though water is low in both places, fishing at Chesterfield and Twenty-Four Mile Reservoirs  remains good.  You will have to track through some mud to reach water at Twenty-Four Mile. Daniels Reservoir still offers the best still water fishing in the irrigation reservoirs. Weeds are breaking up on Springfield Reservoir making for more water to try. Midge pupa under at taking depth under an indicator works very well on all these, but water and atmosphere cooling off signal to fish to get “more for the bite.” That means leech and nymph patterns become more effective.


Still Waters 10-17-15

Several of our irrigation reservoirs continue to have good fishing. Although water at Chesterfield Reservoir is low, boats can be launched. Fish are in good conditions there and, as is the case at Daniels, are taking midge pupa under an indicator as well as damselfly nymph patterns. A pleasant surprise is that Hawkins Reservoir is fishing quite well using the same techniques. Midge pupa patterns presented under an indicator always seem effective at Springfield Reservoir. Blood worm patterns are producing around Island Park Reservoir submerged springs. Things are changing though. As we cool off, fish will seek better sources of easy protein. That means presenting leech patterns on intermediate lines will become increasingly effective.


Still Water 10-10-15

Sand Creek Pond #4 produces early and late in the day if you try soft hackled flies  not far below the surface. Partridge and orange or partridge and olive are good candidates.  Chesterfield Reservoir, even with low water, is producing some fish responding to damselfly nymph patterns. Springfield Reservoir was planted not long ago, so expect it to be tough to get to big hold-overs. Midge pupa patterns under an indicator work if you find the taking depth. The same technique works well at Daniels Reservoir, but wading the discolored water line under breezy conditions is as good a technique as float fishing.


Still Waters 9-18-15

We have not said much recently here, so let’s get caught up a bit. Water is very low at Chesterfield Reservoir, but fish are hitting leech and damselfly nymph patterns. It’s easier to launch flotation devices than boats there. Daniels Reservoir is offering good fishing with the same patterns because water is in good shape thanks to the conservation pool. Springfield Reservoir offers good fishing for those folks concentrating on the “donut holes,”  that is the spring holes between the weed beds. Try scud, damselfly nymph, damselfly adult, and midge life cycle patterns.  Sand Creek Ponds still fishes well for those presenting speckled dun life cycle patterns. Try a soft hackled patterns (ie, partridge & orange) in size 14 or 12 with a slow retrieve, just under the surface and close to rising fish. Evenings and late afternoons seem best.  Forget about the Harriman Fish Pond until next year or later. Looks like the holdovers will be few & far between.


Still Waters 8-22-15

The cooler mornings and evenings are just the ticket for keeping these waters cool enough for fish not only to remain active, but to have a better chance of survival when subject to catch and release. This really is the case for shallow water bodies such as Sand Creek Ponds #2 and #4. Pond 4 is fishing well for those folks presenting speckled dun life cycle patterns, with evenings being a great time to be on the water.  The Trude Springs area of Island Park Reservoir continues to produce for those  offering midge pupa patterns at depth. To the southeast, Daniels Reservoir seems to be the best bet. Although speckled dun emergences there are sparse compared to such as Sand Creek Ponds, their life cycle patterns are working well. Want to try a different still water?   Snow Creek Pond, also known as Teardrop Lake, has holdover rainbows. It’s ideal for flotation devices. Get there by taking the Snow Creek Road off the Fish Creek Road which leaves at Warm River Campground. Dry damselfly patterns seem to be producing well on both Chesterfield and Springfield Reservoir.  Water in Chesterfield Reservoir has dropped considerably, but enough remains for ‘bows at moderate sizes to provide good fishing.