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 10/23/19

Snake Below American Falls Reservoir: Flows out of the dam are sitting around 400 cfs and the reservoir is at 22%. Walk and wade access is now great. Water clarity is a touch off still but should see it clean up in a few days. Perch patterns and larger nymphs are the name of the game. These are a few of our top flies right now.


South Fork Snake River : flows are around 2000 CFS with the reservoir at 71% full. Water is in great shape and people are finding some browns throughout the whole system. Light colored streamers have been a great way to find these fish. Still seeing some BWO and midges hatching throughout the day. smaller nymphs under and indicator are always a solid option. Wading opportunities are now available.


Henry’s Fork:  BWO and tricos are the top producing dry options on the hank right now. Similar bug selection as the south fork were streamers and the nymphing game could bring the best results.


Still Water/Lakes:  Lakes are starting to fish really well. Hawkins and chesterfield have been great. Midges under a bobber and dragging black and olive leeches have been good. Henry’s lake has been on fire as well and should fish really well until ice hits.


Portneuf: Upper P is in great shape and the fish are happy. BWO, tricos, and some lingering terrestrial action for you surface bugs. Pink and orange hot spot scuds and red copper johns are great options along with smaller olive, brown, and black streamers. Fish are spreading out a little more with the cooler temps rolling through.


Other mentions:

Big lost: is fishing well with tons of crane fly action still happening.

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.

Fall fishing is going to be epic this year. lots of water and big fish in all of our systems and over the the next couple months everything will be on fire!

For more information or bugs swing by the shop or give us a ring at (208) 904-3900. Best fishes from the SRF Crew.