June 20, 2020
What a great start to the 2020 fishing season on Henry’s Lake! With just over a dozen trips on the lake this year, I’ve experienced some of the finest fishing Henry’s has offered up in years. Clients ranging from experts to beginners have reconnected with the Lake and enjoyed some incredibly successful days this June. The majority of fish being caught have been 16″ to 18″ Yellowstone Cutty’s, but there are area’s of the lake that seem to produce an abundance of 18″ to 20″ Hybrids.
We had great success between Pintail and Staley’s in early June, but more recently, finding the fish in 19′ of water, 500 yards out along the north shore. I tie a very basic leech pattern that seems to be the go to bug for my boat, it’s simply an ice dubbed body with black, purple and flecks of blue with a black maribou tail tied on an 1XH/STD Size 8 mustad nymph sproat hook. I’ve found the Orvis IV Big Nasty sink tip and the Hydros Class V sink tip getting the bugs to the fish very effectively.
I see the boats starting to gather a couple hundred yards out from Targhee Creek now, and hear reports of fish starting to stage in the area. As much as I can, I stay away from the crowds, and find areas’s that are often ignored and fish are on the bite.
I’m baaaack, say’s Henry! I’ve seen a real uptick in boats on the lake this year and always take opportunities to listen and observe anglers coming in and out of the boat dock. I see lots of smiles and successful anglers, and people wishing they had another day or two to spend on the lake.
Kevin Skenandore, onthephly
July 3, 2020
Henrys is fishing well, with high catch rates for most anglers. Fly angling is really taking off and trollers are doing excellent as well. As lake temperatures increase weed growth will limit anglers throwing hardware, so now is the time to be out there. Anglers wind drifting flies are consistently taking fish. Make sure you have the correct sinking line for water depth, and you are on your way to a good day. Fly selection is important but making sure you are presenting in the “zone” is more so.
The mixed weather has bounced fish around somewhat. Congregations of fish in 8-10 feet of water may disappear overnight as they move back to deeper water. The fish are still around but may require some searching. The 15-18 feet range has been deadly for most of June. Warmer temperatures will congregate fish near tributaries in the shallower water.
Most fish caught are in the 16-18” range with occasional larger fish in the mix. Likewise, most anglers are seeing some smaller fish in the 10-14” range which are likely 2 years old. That speaks well for future angling. The catch is dominated by cutthroat, but brook trout are showing up as well. Big hybrids thrown into the mix can surprise you at any time. A double-digit fish is always possible at Henrys.
In July, fish and anglers both start to congregate around the Targhee Creek area. However, do not be afraid to try other areas. There are good numbers of fish in most other areas of the lake. It is not uncommon to find individual boats doing exceptional away from the crowds.
Respect others and do not crowd folks. There are plenty of fish and it is always fun to find your own hotspot. Henrys is a special place. There’s room for all to enjoy.
Henry’s Lake has provided a banner fishing year to date for all those wetting a line in the storied waters.
Water temps are now nearing 72 degrees and the fish are becoming a little more dormant. When catching and releasing your fish during these summer dog daze, be sure to play them quick;y to the boat and release as soon as possible, ensuring it is ready for the release.
Chronomidges fished under a bobber are my least favorite way to interest a fish into biting a fly, but has been very effective. Small snow coned 14’s and 16’s with red thread bodies and black tinsel wrapping have been consistently working on my boat where ever there is cooler water coming into the lake. Some version of the renegade thrown on an intermediate line is always a good choice as long as the caddis hatch sticks around.
June and July has consistently proved to be great fishing, possibly the best in years. I’m already excited for the cooler September temps, that will trigger a consistent bite.
In late September, my son and I like to watch the sun go down, let the boat drift next to one of the major tributaries and spend the last hour throwing minnow type patterns to rising fish. U basically just sit and wait, if fish rise you are at the ready to throw an intermediate line with a flashy tied up minnow to attract one of the big boyz.
I recently guided Harvey for three days from the Puget Sound, he has fly fished extensively in British Columbia, and had heard the stories about big Henry’s Lake trout. Harvey was the first fly fisherman i know of, that paid the 2 rod fee. First day out he used my rods in an extremely windy day, we did some drifting, one rod in each hand, one readied with my black ice dubbed leech and the other with his brown Mariner Moose leech. Of course Harvey kept score as he doubled up time and time again. Once he set the hook, he would sit the rod down, use a line retreive to land the first set, and then get back to the other rod to land the next fish. Never seen anything like it, but, what i experienced was a 70+ year gentleman enjoying fishing more than anybody that’s been on my boat this year. The next two trips he had two rods out with bobbers and different leeches under them, he scored fish after fish and smile after smile. Looking forward to his return in September.