Again. we emphasize that current weather is turning on fish in the lake. Look for improved fishing in all locations. It is tough to recommend any particular fly on an overall basis because physical conditions at locations around the lake vary. Thus your fly box should contain a variety of flies including such as leech and streamer patterns, midge and speckled dun life cycle patterns, traditional Henry’s Lake flies, and attractor patterns. Some of the best fishing on the lake is when weather is at its worst, so dress for the occasion. So if you are fishing from a boat, especially under such conditions, do so with care, and include all suitable safety equipment in enough quantity for all occupants. .
Henry’s Lake 9-18-17
Henry’s Lake 9-16-17
More “just what the doctor” conditions are happening here. Water temperatures are dropping from the sixties to the low fifties in degrees F. Some rough weather can be expected for the near future meaning boating should be done with caution. But combining this weather with cooling water means nothing but fishing improvement can happen. For now, try leech patterns around creek mouths. Fish are beginning to move into shallow areas throughout, so consider spending more time on these along such as the north and west shorelines where gold and olive crystals, small fly rod jigs, streamers, peacock leeches and traditional Henry’s Lake patterns will become increasingly effective.
Henry’s Lake 9-2-17
Two days ago we passedaround the south end of Henry’s Lake on our way to Red Rock Pass. The Cliffs, County Park, Hope and Duck Creeks and much of west shoreline were in view. Not a boat in sight! Pretty much tells the tale of current fishing success on the lake.
Henry’s Lake 8-8-17
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality has issued a blue-green algae warning for Henry’s Lake. Even boiling the water will not kill the toxins produced. So culinary use of any kind is out for now, and if you do keep any fish for the table you are taking a chance unless they are thoroughly cleaned and skinned beforehand. With respect to fishing, this bloom signals that fishing action is slow and makes for another reason to wait until autumn for action to improve and for safer water.
Henry’s Lake 7-28-17
Be at those creek mouths (Targhee, Howard, Duck, Hope) by the crack of dawn to present leech patterns and small fly rod jigs using intermediate lines. As the sun rises expect company. If you are having success, expect some crowding, so be patient and understand that these places provide some of the best and most easily approached fishing on the lake during summer.
Henry’s Lake 7-15-17
Action is slowing down somewhat. Best strategy will be to head for creek mouths. All creeks coming into the lake have good water levels this season. Cooler water coming from them attracts fish because of higher dissolved oxygen concentrations. The same applies to spring holes. Get to these locations early in the day to present your favorite leech and damselfly nymph patterns, but expect company from “anglers in the know” as the day advances. Want to experience even better still water fishing than Henry’s Lake currently offers? It’s not far from Henry’s Lake and can be found during the Madison Arm gulper activity on Hebgen Lake.
Henry’s Lake 6-17-17
Henry’s Lake 6-3-17
Henry’s Lake 10-29-16
Just like the old expression “gold is where you find it”, you can find Henry’s Lake trout in shallow waters anywhere around the lake. Some locations like the State and County parks will be more crowded than others, but everyone seems to be catching fish. Large woolly bugger flies presented on intermediate lines seem particularly effective.
Henry’s Lake 10-13-16
Henry’s has not been its usual fall self lately. We have had storm fronts roll in every couple of days along with high winds that have kept the lake off color and the fish tight lipped. If the weather is consistent the fishing has been better. The surface temps on the lake yesterday were in the low to mid forties, so the temperature is certainly right for better fishing.
The shallows around the northwest corner and the State Park have been best. If the water is off color, use a larger darker leech pattern and cover as much water as possible. If your fishing the State Park specifically, guys have been having success with larger chironomid pupa under indicators.
Hopefully the weather will allow us some of the great fall fishing were all used to!