Henry’s Lake is frozen as of today 11/9/18. The ice is not thick enough to ice fish and most likely wont be for a few more days depending on air temps and wind. There is always a chance a big wind storm may open the lake back up, but its probably best to plan to hit stillwaters to the south for the year.
Water temp on the lake is now in the mid 30’s. If the forecast holds, all its going to take is a couple of calm nights to freeze over. Planning a trip up there is going to be a real gamble at this point. If you do get up to the lake and it is still open, fish your flies VERY slowly in all the areas mentioned in prior reports. For now though, its time to tie flies and get ready for the opener. If you didn’t fish Henry’s this year because of reports of slow fishing you really missed out, there were a lot of really big hybrids landed and many folks caught their personal bests. Here’s to hoping for a good winter with plenty of snow and a good 2019 season on Henry’s!
Fishing at Henry’s is winding down for the season. If the forecast hold true, you could see people ice fishing the lake very soon. There is always a chance we get another warm spell, but its not looking likely. Its been an up and down fall on the lake and as the weather continues to get colder, the good fishing is going to be tougher and tougher to come by. For the next week or so I’d concentrate on fishing during the warmest part of the day and fishing areas with some warmer water pumping in like Staley Springs, Wild Rose, the Hatchery, Hope Creek, etc… The State park continues to fish well for numbers of cutthroats, although hardly any bigger hybrids have been landed in this area. Continue to fish the standard henry’s fare (darker leech patterns size 4-8) and experiment with your retrieve speed. When the water temps reach the low forties and mid to upper thirties, it doesn’t seem to be as critical to be near the bottom. This is one time of year where you could just take up an intermediate line and fish it effectively from 3-12ft of water. We will try to have updated water conditions as it gets closer to icing up, so be sure to check with us before you make the drive.
Seems like what is going on for fishing the South Fork applies to the lower Henry’s Fork. Afternoon BWO activity, caddis later in the afternoon, and mostly presenting streamers to migrating browns. BWO activity rules the roost at the Last Chance-Harriman stretch, while streamer fishing in Box Canyon and The Tubs is the order of the day. If you plan on fishing the upper river, watch the weather.
Now that we are cooling off some of our still waters are coming round with more action. Chesterfield Reservoir is one of these with large fish being encountered through presenting midge pupa patterns under an indicator. All that needs to be done is to is find the taking depth. Leech patterns presented in shallower water are also working. 16000 hatchery raised ‘bows have been added there. Use same technique for Daniels Reservoir, especially its north end. Action at Sand Creek Pond #4 is also picking up through using the same patterns and streamers. Springfield Reservoir has been stocked with 1000 hatchery catchables which will be active after adjusting to new environment.
The fishing season here has only eight more days as it is closed after Sunday, November 4th. The best streamer fishing of the season is going on, mainly for brown trout and run-up rainbows in the Madison and lower Gibbon. Other rivers featuring good numbers of migrating browns include the Lewis, Gardiner, Snake, and Firehole below the falls. Other than these, the Firehole above the falls features BWO and white miller hatches. Watch the weather!
With water storage season beginning, flow in the Snake River is dropping ( 3510 cfs at Eagle Rock, 3790 cfs at Shelley, 3620 cfs at Blackfoot). With brown trout in their annual spawning migration, streamer presentation is the name of the game on the river. Doing so under low light conditions will be most effective to maybe encounter your biggest trout of the year. Float fishing is the best way to fish, but there are plenty of good walk-in wade locations. We can point out many of these to you, so get in touch, or visit the shop.
Flow out of Palisades Reservoir was reduced to 1770 cfs last night. Now there is an excellent number of places for walk-in wade fishing. Come into the shop so we can suggest some of the best of these to you. While top water fishing through BWO and midge activity may stay constant for now, streamer and large nymph presentation will soon be the best way to meet action from large trout. It is also the time of year to pay attention to weather reports. For example, next week will feature a cool-off and unsettled weather. Keep that nice warm clothing close by. Looks like you may need it!