It looks like the lake is making up for the slow summer! Fishing is great all over the lake. With the lake at about 85% of capacity, water is low but cooling off with the weather. With uncertain weather predicted for the next several days,now might be the time to consider a visit. Use that intermediate line to present the standard array of Henry’s Lake patterns. Also trying a two-fly rig consisting of a small leech pattern and an attractor such a gold crystal. Word that fishing is improving has gotten out, so expect crowds at the easy access place such as the state park and county boat dock. And if you are lucky enough to find a spot with excellent fishing,expect to see fellow anglers congregate around you.
Henry’s Lake 10-1-15
Henry’s Lake 9-15-15
Finally, the lake is turning on! We have reports of large fish being caught in good numbers. The south and west sides seem to provide the best action. Try big woolly bugger types or streamers in about ten feet of water. Some of the reasons for this turn-around is that the blue-green algae mats are decreasing and water temperatures are also going down. These mean more dissolved oxygen thus more active fish. With the decrease in algae and lowering water temperatures, we could be heading for some of the famed fall fishing Henry’s Lake is capable of providing.
Henry’s Lake 9-1-15
A good hard cold snap would be just what is needed for good fishing action to begin on Henry’s Lake. For every report of success we have seen there are numbers of ones without successful fishing. If you are considering trying the lake, head for creek mouths (Targhee, Duck, Howard) or springs with intermediate lines and standard Henry’s Lake patterns.. But expect company, especially if you get into fish.
Henry’s Lake 7-14-15
Other than around spring holes and creek mouths fishing is slow so far this year. Trying creek mouths early in the day is a best bet. Use intermediate lines with standard Henry’s Lake patterns (gold or olive crystals, Gartside wet mouse, mity mouse, beadhead peacock leech, Henry’s Lake renegade).
Henry’s Lake 7-7-15
We have heard only reports of spotty fishing so far, and the damselfly hatch seems to be diminishing each season. But as the lake warms up, fish will head to spring holes and creek mouths. So start breaking out your intermediate lines and get ready to stake out your early morning positions in front of such as Duck, Howard, Hope, and Targhee Creeks.
Henry’s Lake 6-20-15
Fishing remains spotty. We went by the south side of lake three days ago and noticed the heaviest concentration of boats was in front of the cliffs. A time-tested Henry’s Lake strategy to find good fishing is to glass the lake with binoculars to see where fish are being caught, then rush over to where action is happening. Could we have viewed this strategy at work?
Henry’s Lake 5-30-15
We heard wild weather impacted opening day fishing here. Lately there has been some success off the cliffs, but let’s see if Ma Nature provides better fishing weather this weekend. Then we may have more information to pass on.
Henry’s Lake 5-22-15
Expect crowds at places like the State Park, County Boat Dock, near the hatchery, and along the cliffs. The lake has had a long time free of ice, but cool weather will help keep fish close to the shoreline. Try some of the standard patterns such as California leeches, olive or gold crystals, mohair leeches, peacock AH, mity mouse, all on an intermediate or slow sinking line.
Stillwater/Henry’s Lake 11-11-14
With the recent cold weather snap we are having, the open water fishing on Henry’s Lake is probably done for the year. The lake will most likely be frozen over within a week or so if these conditions continue. If by some chance the weather warms up and the lake stays open, look for fish to be extremely scattered and suspended in deeper water. However, if you are into ice fishing, you have until January 1st to enjoy the great ice fishing opportunity Henry’s presents.
Stillwaters to the South should continue to fish okay, but this extreme cold weather is really going to slow things down. Be sure to cover a lot of water when fishing this time of year! Springfield reservoir is one exception here, fishing seems to be excellent down there as long as you can stand the cold. Fishing small chironomid pupa (size 14-20) under an indicator typically produces best. Springfield was stocked recently so there should be plenty of 17″+ fish down there willing to take a fly.
Conditions are constantly changing this time of year, so be sure to give us a call or stop in for up to the minute information!
Henry’s Lake & Stillwater 10-31-14
Henry’s Lake has been fishing well this past week. Things seem to have finally turned around up there. Fish have been caught on the west shore from Duck Creek to Staley Springs, The Northshore, the Cliffs, and State Park area. Water from 2-8ft deep has been most productive, fish that with an intermediate or type II line and hang on. Fly patterns that have been producing are black crystal buggers, midnight fire, and Lt. Olive and Tan crystals. Get up there while you can, any time you are able to fish on Henry’s after the end of October is on borrowed time. Only a matter of time before the lake will be frozen solid.
Other Stillwaters in the area have been fishing well lately too. Daniels and Springfield have been the most consistent fishing. Chironomids (any color size 10-18) under indicators and leech patterns mentioned above in the Henry’s lake portion have been the best patterns. Fishing in the late morning/afternoon has produced better then being out there at first light. Chesterfield is the one lake in the area we have not heard anything good lately. We have received a lot of calls regarding this very popular lake and the news just isn’t good. I believe two consecutive years of extreme drawdown and summer heat have had an impact. There are still some very nice, maybe the nicest in the area, fish to be had, but they are few and far between. If you do decide to head up there, fish hard and cover a lot of water! Hebgen, Hawkins, and Island Park have all been fishing good lately too, toughest decision this time of year is just deciding where to fish!
Please give us a call or stop in if you have any questions on the local stillwater scene!