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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Still Water (Page 5)

Still Waters 8-12-17

The “Fish deep, Fish early, etc”  saying still applies just about everywhere.   The only exception might be for presenting dry speckled dun and damselfly patterns in the event rising fish are spotted.   On most of our reservoirs the top several inches of water are warmer than below and therefore of less comfort when fish move into this level. This suggests that only a dense emergence of these insects will bring fish to the top and that in other situations they are more likely to feed at lower depths on such as nymph, leech, and pupa forms simply because of higher dissolved oxygen concentrations.  Thus be sure to include  these “deeper water” patterns in that fly box even though you may spot fish rising.

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Still Waters 8-8-17

“Fish early, fish late, fish slow, fish deep!” So recommends our own Tom Banyas. Try leech patterns when doing so.  be aware that the notice for blue-green algae on Henry’s Lake may eventually apply to some other still waters.  Likely the best and most consistent still water fishing in the area remains on Hebgen Lake bays where gulpers are still active during wind-free AM hours.

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Still Waters 7-28-17

For sure most of our shallow reservoirs are warming to the point that released fish are tough to revive. For example, best success at Springfield Reservoir is now found around springs where fish move to cooler water.  There are a number of springs around the reservoir, and reviving then releasing fish near these or other cool water sources such as one of the culverts where water is moving really increases their chances for surviving after being played in warmer water.

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Still Waters 7-22-17

Reports from Sand Creek Pond #4 give daytime water temps in the low 70s deg F. This slows fishing and makes playing fish as quickly as possible necessary. Reports also say action is good early in day. Try damselfly and speckled dun life cycle patterns, and do not overlook soft hackle versions for emergers of each.   Present those just below the surface.  Hebgen Lake gulper action remains the fastest still water fishing in our area.

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Still Waters 7-8-17

Hebgen Lake offers perhaps the best still water fishing in our area. Gulpers are going on big time, and the Madison Arm offers a great location for enjoying them.  We traveled past the south shore of Henry’s Lake yesterday and counted two boats in sight. That is good evidence that action there has slowed.  Both Chesterfield and Twenty-Four Mile Reservoirs seem not to produce up to par, but Daniels Reservoir continues to be the best  place for trout fishing in the southeast corner of Idaho.  Midge pupa patterns at the taking depth and damselfly life cycle patterns are the standard fare for finding action.  Springfield Reservoir is mossing up, so a good strategy is to fish channels between weed beds. Present dry damsel patterns to fish cruising these channels, and you will have action. Sand Creek Ponds open to non-motorized boat fishing after July 15th.

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Still Waters 5-23-17

Harriman East Fish Pond, non-motorized, is scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout this week. It’s a good action because up to now it appears that there are very few or no trout in the pond.  Horseshoe Lake is schedule for rainbow stocking next week. The same is for Teardrop Lake, but will the road be open?

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Still Water 5-20-17

Chesterfield and Twenty-Four Mile reservoirs have been stocked. We have no fishing success information for these as well as for Treasureton Reservoir.  Daniels Reservoir has been fishing fairly well, and action at Springfield Reservoir has been picking up. Midge pupa patterns under an indicator work after the taking depth is found on both waters. Damsel fly, leech patterns and small fly rod jigs also produce on these.

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Still Waters 5-6-17

In mid April IDF&G released 1800 tiger trout in Jim Moore Pond (aka Roberts Gravel Pond). In mid May another 3600 are scheduled for release.  Presenting small streamer and leech patterns is likely the best way to encounter these unusual trout in this safe and easily approached water body.

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Stillwater goes as the weather goes

Stillwater fishing has been very tough on area reservoirs since ice out. The cold weather has been keeping water temperatures way down and bug activity to a minimum. Of all the lakes Springfield has been fishing best, although even that hasn’t been very good. If you go to springfield, small chironomids and leeches have been best. We really need water temperatures to get and stay above 50 degrees before things really get going. Once that happens, look for chironomids to start popping on all area reservoirs and fishing to drastically improve.

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Still Water 4-25-17

Action at Springfield Reservoir is improving. Just find the taking depth for a midge pupa pattern under an indicator, and action will come. Small leech or damselfly nymph patterns also produce.

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