March 24, 2018

Fishing Heating Up In Island Park

lunkerFirst it was crowds in the thousands for Labor Day, then the power company called for increased stream flows in the Henry’s Fork, all of which led to pretty weak fishing in the river for the last month or two. But temperatures have cooled off, the crowds have gone home, the stream flows are about back to what you’d expect for this time of year and the fishing is really getting good.

And it’s not just the river that’s hot right now. It seems like the fish in the Henry’s Lake are sensing that there’s about to be several feet of ice form, and they’re eating everything you throw at them. That’s especially true for the brookies over by the hatchery, but it’s still good over on the south side by the cliffs as well. Actually, Henry’s is hot no matter where you fish.

Island Park Reservoir is also good right now. Down by Trudes (and the rest of the West end, for that matter) have been really good for both trolling and bait. There have been some lunkers coming out of Island Park Reservoir in the last few weeks so don’t put that boat away just yet.

If you like fishing, this is the time to fish Island Park. No crowds, no overcrowded boat ramps and parking lots, no fly fishermen elbow to elbow in the river. This is the time. So get your gear back out and get up here. Winter’s on the way — no question about that. We’re having snow almost every day. But there’s still plenty of time to catch some late season fish. See you out there!