Creek mouths and springs are the places to fish these dog days of summer. Most of what’s being caught are cutts in the 15-18 inch range. Traditional Henry’s Lake flies work best. If you do not have one, pick up one of Bill Schiess’s book “Fishing Henry’s Lake.” It has tips for where to fish and how to approach this time of year as well as traditional Henry’s Lake fly patterns. It is a treasure trove of Henry’s Lake fly-fishing information.
Same as the last report: Get to creek mouths and spring holes as early as possible. Use standard Henry’s Lake patterns with a slow retrieve of that intermediate line. If you start having success, expect company to surround you because a common Henry’s Lake practice is using binoculars to observe where fish are responding, then converge on that location to share the action.
There is some success to be found in water of a moderate depth with small black or olive leech patterns. But now is the time to arrive early at creek mouths and springs to stake out your claim on water. The earlier the better because as the season advances and the lake warms, the more folks will be doing the same. An intermediate line to present standard Henry’s Lake patterns at creek mouths will do the trick.
Still fishing very well for cutthroat trout in the 15-18″ range. Use an intermediate line to get down at moderate depths for presenting black, purple and olive leech patterns. Expect tough weather conditions the next few days as a windy cold front is coming in.
Fishing here has been nearly excellent with moderately sized (16-18″) cutthroat providing the bulk of action. Leech, fly rod jig, damsel fly nymph, and streamer patterns: all seem to bring action from moderate depths. Just about anywhere you can access the lake is suitable for enjoying the fun. Expect crowding at the State Park and the County Boat Dock with anglers of all types telling believable and unbelievable stories and coming and going.
Fishing is picking up on the lake even though weather came be a bit perilous. We have reports of good fishing in front of the cliffs and due east in front of the county boat dock, both at moderate to deep water. Leech and streamer patterns apply. But really “good fishing is where you find it” applies to the lake.
The opener was a mess, typical Henry’s memorial weekend weather churned up the water and made fishing a lot slower than I’m sure it would have been in nicer conditions. Sunday and Monday things started to mellow out and folks had pretty decent fishing. There are still a fair amount of fish in the shallows all around the lake with the majority being cutthroats. We didn’t hear of many larger hyrbids caught by fly anglers, but the nicer fish we did hear of were around the Cliffs area. If I was to go up right now I’d fish it very similarly to how you would in late fall, concentrating on shallow (3-8ft) of water all around the lake with intermediate lines and darker leech patterns. You can use fairly large flies early in the season with good success so don’t be afraid to fish leech or baitfish style patterns in sizes 2-4. The upcoming weather forecast looks great and the fishing should continue to be good as the fish work their way out towards deeper water and there summer patterns.