In-Depth Fishing Report for The Snake River, Henry’s Fork, South Fork of the Snake, Portneuf River as well as surrounding lakes and still waters of Southeast Idaho

Date 2/16/19

Snake Below American Falls Reservoir: Flows out of the dam are sitting at 650 CFS and the reservoir is 87% full. The cold temps haven’t slowed the fishing down much as we are still having great success over the last month. The balanced leeches, worms, and smaller nymphs are still producing well. The water levels are supposed to start coming up on the 18th of this month a gradually go up until the 1st of march. Still plenty of time and great fishing opportunities to be had. With water levels rising we cant stress having a wading belt and staff enough.

Flows Will be increasing Feb. 19th from 650CFS to 2000 CFS.


Still Water/Lakes:  Chesterfield, Deep creek, Devils Creek, And mackay reservoir have had some decent ice fishing reports. Small jigs in pinks and white seem to be the best flavor. Also American falls reservoir has seen some really good perch action if you are looking to have a fish fry.


Portneuf: The upper sections should have some great midge action going on. size 14-18 red zebras are a favorite of ours this time of year. Find the springs and you should find the fish, or any of the deeper slow moving holes. The lower sections through inkom should have the same results with more brown trout action.


Snake By Tilden: Fishing has slowed in the upper sections above the reservoir. Still some great opportunities where the warmer springs are popping up. swing streamers in whites and blacks through the main section along with smaller midges, scuds, and frenchies under and indicator.


South Fork: Flows are at 900CFS with the reservoir at 80% full. Focus on fishing foam lines and fish in pools. Midges and smaller nymphs for your indicator rigs. Flows are pretty low for this time of year so use caution while on the water. Smaller streamers on floating lines in tan, white, and olive should produce some nice fish.


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