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 12/5/18:

Snake Below American Falls Reservoir: Flows out of the dam are sitting at 404 CFS and the reservoir is 51% full. Walk and wade access is awesome at these flows and are allowing you to get to a lot of fishy spots. With the cold weather settling in we have seen a slight dip in fishing productivity, but don’t let that stop you from getting out. A lot of fishy opportunities available on this section of the snake. Definitely time to size down your bugs. Size 14 and 16 midge, scuds and caddis have been solid along with small leeches in black. The blue pill and burnt toast balanced leech are still sticking fish as well. Look for the slower moving water for your best chance at hooking up. Water clarity is a touch off so bring a wading staff and make sure your wader belt is tight.


Still Water/Lakes:Most of the still waters in our neck of then woods are icing up. Springfield and a select few generally have some open water, so midges, scuds, and small balanced flies should be the ticket. Great ice fishing reports from Henry’s lake using white jigs if you want some hard water action.


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 919CFS with the reservoir at 62% 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.


Be mindful in all these sections of spawning fish and most of all HAVE FUN! For more information or bugs swing by the shop or give us a ring at (208) 904-3900. Best fishes from the SRF Crew.



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