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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Still Water (Page 20)

Still Waters 5-8-12

Here’s news lots’a folks have been waiting for.  Chesterfield Reservoir is rounding into shape.  Best fishing seems to be in shallows around shorelines holding willows and by the dam.  Use midge pupa patterns under an indicator for best results.  Find the taking depth. A black bead zebra midge (#12-#14) might be a good choice.  Indicator fishing with midge pupa patterns has been good in shallow waters at Daniels Reservoir, too.  No information on Treasureton Reservoir yet.


Still Waters 4-28-12

Fishing is picking up on most of these.  Midge pupa suspended at taking depth gives best results just about everywhere.  Just find the taking depth. This includes Chesterfield, Daniels, Hawkins, and Springfield reservoirs. Do not overlook that dragonfly nymphs move in good numbers this time of year. That’s one of the best reasons why woolly bugger types seem to work so well when fish slowly in shallow water now.


Still Waters 4-14-12

Daniels Reservoir now offers some good fishing if you go deep.  Water remains cold, so not much happening other than midge activity.  Fish your pupa patterns deep under an indicator.  Try leech and bead head nymph patterns, also presented deep. Two and three weight sinking lines should get down to where you find action.  Chesterfield Reservoir is turning over, so action is slow.  Give it a week or so for improvement.  Twenty-Four Mile Reservoir remains iced over, but any day now should open up.  Hawkins was stocked recently, so small fish will be hitting.  Don’t let that stop you from going there. We have a report of  27.5-inch holdover being taken there on midge pupa pattern under an indicator!  Springfield Reservoir has been fair fishing.  Midge pupa under an indicator and small leech patterns trolled very slowly bring some action.  Carp are moving into shallows around American Falls Reservoir.


Still Waters 4-10-12

Springfield Reservoir still offers the best fishing. See our recent fishing reports on it for strategy suggestions. Hawkins Reservoir is also producing some fish. Try along shore lines with your favorite dragonfly and damselfly nymph imitations.  Troll the dragonfly nymph patterns VERY slowly.  Present the dragonfly nymph patterns with a slow jerky retrieve.  Ice is off Chesterfield, Daniels, Deep Creek, and Treasureton reservoirs, but not much information is out on how they are fishing.  Twenty-Four Mile Reservoir still has ice.


Still Waters 3-24-12

Springfield Reservoir offers the best still water fishing right now.   Follow  the strategy we suggest  in previous reports on Springfield.  The only other ice-free water we know of at this time are American Falls and Hawkins reservoirs.  We have no reports on fly-fishing activity at Hawkins to date.


Still Waters 3-17-12

Fly-fishing from the banks at Springfield Reservoir is effective lately.  Locations are limited, and water has not warmed much.  But try the unoccupied docks near the culvert under Highway 39 and at the east end park.  There is some room to move around on the south shoreline  behind Homer’s resort, but be careful of the deep mud in places. You do not want that cold water inside your waders!  Try small wooly bugger types or small prince nymphs on an intermediate line and a slow troll.  Midge activity should soon be on the increase as water warms, so have your floating line, indicators and midge pupa patterns available.


Still Waters 3-13-12

We fished Springfield Reservoir last Friday. Beautiful almost wind-free day, but to our surprise water temp was about 44 Deg. F.  No wonder our feet below the pontoon boats began to ache after an hour or so.  Very few rises and very scarce midge population on the surface.  Best method to catch action was a SLOW troll of a small (#10) bead head peacock leech.  All fish were ‘bows in the 17-21 inch range with one small brown. Stories have it of some large browns now present  here.


Still Waters 3-6-12

Springfield Reservoir remains the star in the show here.  Almost all other waters remain iced over. Fishing success at Springfield has been best for those presenting midge pupa patterns under an indicator.  Experiment to find the taking depth.  Small prince nymphs, small fly rod jigs, and leech patterns on intermediate lines also produce.   With warming weather look for action to be more consistent.


Still Waters 2-13-12

Springfield Reservoir remains ice-free, and fishing has been pretty good. Try midge pupa below a strike indicator.  Experiment to find the taking depth, but shallow waters such as behind the resort, along the island’s north shore, and around the east end are good locations.  Try small leech (#10) and Prince nymph (#14) patterns anywhere. Small fly rod jigs can save the day if fish are not bulging to emerging midges.


Still Water 11-26-2011

Springfield is a convenient place to fish this time of year. Of all local reservoirs roads to it are most likely in good condition , and it does not ice over until late December or early January. Some years it never ices over completely.  Springfield was recently stocked with cookie cutter ‘bows running 14-18″.  They are not the prettiest fish in the world, nor are they real vigorous, but they are eager. Try small streamers, small prince nymphs with and without beads, small fly rod jigs, midge pupa under an indicator, scud patterns, or woolly buggers.