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 11/15/19

Snake Below American Falls Reservoir: Flows out of the dam are sitting around 389 cfs and the reservoir is at 35%. Walk and wade access is now great. The water clarity was off but is looking pretty good now. Balanced leeches are still picking up fish but medium sized nymphs have been more productive. With the cleaner water the fishing is picking up. A couple of our go to bugs below.


South Fork Snake River : flows are around 1000 CFS with the reservoir at 77% full. Water is in great shape and the fish are happy! Great walk and wade options through most of the system with these low flows. Still seeing some BWO and midges coming off but the nymph and streamer game is the ticket.


Henry’s Fork:  Water is in great shape and people are catching a few fish. Bwo and midges have are still poppin out here and there. Nymphs such as pheasant tails, zebras, stone nymphs have been very productive as well. Cooler temps up that way so bring a jacket ha!


Still Water/Lakes:  People are already ice fishing Henry’s lake and are doing well on white jigs and paddle tails. roughly 3-5″ of ice in most places. Our southern reservoirs are seeing some skim ice here and there but haven’t completely frozen over yet so there is still time to get after the still waters. Drag leeches low and slow and run bobber rigs with midges and balanced leeches for best results.


Portneuf: The upper portions are in great shape. Water clarity is perfect and we are still seeing some BWO and midge activity on top.  smaller Rusty brown and olive leeches have been good along with red zebras and frenchie nymphs. The lower sections through inkom should be fishing decent now with the cooler temps and better water clarity.


Other mentions:

Upper blackfoot: Streamer fishing and nymphs are becoming the ticket on the upper stretches. Remember this stretch of water will be closing to fishing on December 1st.

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