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Still Water

Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Still Water (Page 25)

Still Water 10-9-10

Best action at southeastern Idaho reservoirs is at Daniels Reservoir, but larger fish are being caught at Chesterfield Reservoir.   Both have low water levels, but cooler weather keeps water temps at good levels for fish activity.  Try midge pupa under indicators and look for depth where fish are taking. Small leech and damselfly nymph patterns presented on full sink lines will work deep.  Springfield Reservoir is slow fishing, but sure to pick up as newly released fish adjust and water cools.  Water levels in Twenty-Four Mile reservoir are very low. Water needs to be impounded for fishing to improve.  Fishing at Sand Creek Ponds is picking up thanks to cooler weather.  Try midge pupa patterns under an indicator or small leech patterns.


Still Waters 9-28-10

A good cold snap is what we need to bring good fishing around to most of these.  Some success is had a Chesterfield Reservoir  for those fishing leech patterns deep, and some folks are finding success at the upper end of Daniels Reservoir when using damselfly nymph patterns and midge pupa under indicators.


Still Waters 9-21-10

Chesterfield Reservoir has some good deep water fishing.  Tail your leech pattern with a zebra midge, and use a full sink line. In the upper end of  Daniels Reservoir damselfly nymphs bring action with responses to midge pupa under an indicator beginning to work.   Not much seems to be going on at Springfield Reservoir where weeds make for tougher wet fly fishing.  Action on Sand Creek Ponds continues to be good with midge pupa patterns under an indicator working  best.   Afternoons to evenings are best times to be there.   Action on all of these will pick up after we get several days of cooler weather.


Still Waters 9-10-10

The cool weather we have recently is just what is needed to jump-start fishing in our irrigation reservoirs. The upper end of Daniels Reservoir seems to be improving for anglers presenting damselfly nymph patterns. The same goes for Springfield Reservoir where dry damsel patterns are also suggested.  Try dry damselfly patterns on Sand Creek ponds, especially during evening hours when large trout are cruising.  Look for fishing on Chesterfield Reservoir to be improving as fish begin moving to shallower water with our cooling weather.


Still Waters 9-02-10

During Labor Day weekend expect big crowds at any still waters having easy access.   It will be a time to practice courtesy and have patience.   Speckled duns are still hatching around mid day to evening at some higher elevation waters such as Aldous Lake and the Sand Creek  Reservoir ponds.  For Chesterfield and Daniels reservoirs try leech and damselfly nymph patters in deep water.  Dry damselfly patterns will be worth trying at Springfield Reservoir.  Cooling weather will help bring back action throughout.


Still Water 8-25-10

Not much action on our irrigation reservoirs right now.   One report has some good fishing at Hawkins Reservoir where leech patterns fished deep in front of the dam have produced. Consider carrying a float tube into Aldous Lake above Kilgore to enjoy some gulper action around mid day.  Paul Reservoir is producing some medium sized cutthroat for those using small leech and damselfly nymph patterns.


Still Waters 8-21-10

Fishing in many of our irrigation reservoirs is slowing because of draw down making fish run deep to remaining cooler waters.   So natural lakes, especially at higher elevations, make better destinations until we cool off in the fall months. Candidates to try now are Horseshoe Lake with its put and take grayling population, Aldous Lake with its cutts in a gulper mood because of mid day speckled duns, and Paul Reservoir with its put and take cutthroat population.


Still Waters 8-17-10

After being featured in last week’s Post Register Outdoor section, Sand Creek Ponds have received some attention.  Gulpers are providing late morning to early afternoon action in Pond #4.  Hold-over rainbows go more than twenty inches, and some fair sized brook trout can be found in the spring creeks feeding these ponds.   Best action can be had by launching a float tube or kick boat.  Ponds are motorless fishing only.  Consider trying adult damsel patterns here and on other still waters.   We have word of some good action resulting from presenting them on Springfield Reservoir.


Still Waters 8-7-10

What Tom gave in the 8-2-10 still water report for Chesterfield applies to all our irrigation reservoirs with the possible exception of Paul Reservoir at the head of the Beaver Creek drainage.   So if you seek good still waters, it is time to head to mountain lakes.  Some of the nearest in eastern Idaho are Aldous (Centennial Range above Kilgore), Meadow (West of Gilmore Summit), and Mill (off Sawmill Creek), Iron Bog, Brockie and Fishpole ( off Antelope Creek near Moore, ID) lakes. On all these gulpers will be working by mid day, so such as a parachute adams suffice.   Small leech patterns  fished near drop-offs and around shoreline vegetation will also work.   Copper Basin and the Lemhi river drainage feature several lakes. Come to the shop for more information on these.


Still Water 8-2-10

Fishing on Chesterfield yesterday definitely showed signs of change. The surface temp is pushing 74 degrees and the weed growth and algae bloom are well on their way to being a  a late summer normal characteristic.

Right now is the slow time for all of the SE Idaho reservoirs. Water draw down for irrigation and high daily temps make conditions tough for fish and fisher folk also.

Damsels are still hatching , but have slowed appreciably.

Suggestions would include : Fishing deeper, cooler  water with an intermediate  or # 2  sinking line. Don’t forget about all of your favorite leech patterns along with scuds, midges  and snails.

When you catch fish, please be sure they are revived and upright before you release them.

Don’t fret! Stay tuned, cause the fishing will definitely improve in early September, depending on weather and temperature conditions.

Best Fishes