Air temperature was way below zero in West Yellowstone Sunday morning, and area around Henry’s Lake was likely about the same. Ice formed around the edges making fishing from shore and boat launching nearly impossible. But look for melting as warmer weather is coming by the end of the week.
Because of windy days keeping many fly fishers off the lake, we do not a bunch of information to pass on. Nevertheless, the passing of tough weather has a reputation for improving fishing here. So if and when the wind dies down, it it might be worth a visit to this usually great fall season fishery. Henry’s Lake State Park is now closed to camping, but remains open for fishing and launching boats. These conditions are sure to bring in visitors, as is the case every year, but there is enough lake in front of the park to allow room for both shoreline and boat fishing. Fish seem to congregate here each year with nearby Howard Creek attracting brook trout and cutthroat and cuttbows staging close to shore.
These windy days make fishing tough on the lake. It might be best to find a place on the upwind side to fish for the sake of safety. Also get there at first light before it kicks into high gear. Fish are spreading around the lake thanks to our cooler weather, and fishing is good. Using an intermediate line, try any pattern Bill Schiess recommends for this time of the season in his book “Fishing Henry’s Lake.”
We have not heard much about fishing success on the lake other than it is OK. But we are now in the month when weather cools off and fishing picks up on the lake. That means we are sure to get information, so such will begin to trickle in.
Surf was up yesterday thanks to the high winds. White caps could be seen from surrounding roads. Conditions there today are likely similar. So be able to swim, bring your surf board and dress in a wet suit. Surfing may be safer than fishing from a boat on days such as this! Take weather into account when planning a trip to fish here.
We have not heard much about fishing success other than moderate sized cutts make up the bulk of catches. We do know that as the weather cools off fishing will improve with larger fish moving around the lake. However, look out for windy weather that can whip the surface in near breakers.
The lake is fishing fairly well for medium sized cutthroat trout responding to traditional Henry’s Lake patterns (see Bill Schiess’s book “Fishing Henry’s Lake”). The water is still a bit warm, but with cooling weather the biggest fish will begin to leave the deepest water and move around the lake.