Jackson Hole Tributaries Report

Jackson Hole Tributaries:  Pacific Creek, the Buffalo, Gros Ventre, and Hoback Rivers

Rainbow Trout Fishing Jackson Hole Tributaries

Jackson Hole Tribs

The Snake is fed by several tributaries that are much smaller and more wade fishing friendly than the main Snake River. All the tributaries provide great fishing opportunities and allows the angler to get out in the Forest on their own and enjoy the great scenery and peace and quiet of our valley has to offer.

Some of the best fishing in the Jackson Hole valley is in the smaller creeks and rivers that feed the Snake River. The public access is virtually unlimited.

Pacific Creek, the Buffalo, Gros Ventre, and Hoback Rivers are the main tributaries to the Snake. Fishing any of these creeks with medium sized (#8-#16) attractor patterns will get the fish’s attention.

 

Gros Ventre Water Levels


September 18th, 2017

The South Fork of the Snake River: What a time to be alive!...And to fish the rivers of the West. Late September has arrived, which means that cooler conditions are now in the forecast and summer time is in the rear view. Now, what does that mean? Well, with the recent cold snap, the fishing has picked up and we're loving it. Currently, the South...... read more

September 13th, 2017

Fall is here. Take advantage of the dry fly fishing while it lasts! The South Fork of the Snake - The flows coming out of Palisades have dropped the last few days bringing out some big Stone flies. Pink PMD's and hopper patterns have been working well in the riffles. The streamer fishing has been good and you can expect to see it pick up...... read more

August 15th, 2017

Spring Creek Openings:  Flat Creek: Those out for opening day this year found good fishing despite the crowds. Bugs began coming off as soon as the sun warmed things up enough, but fish took a little time to begin rising. Grey drakes, crane flies and mahoganies are out on the water along with a variety of other hatches. Imitations of these...... read more

July 24th, 2017

Snake (Jackson Hole): The Snake is continuing to clear despite last week's hailstorm with flows most recently reading 2,750 CFS out of the dam, 5,560 CFS at Moose, and 9,080 CFS in the canyon. The river is not quite at mid summer conditions, but it is getting there, and fishing is improving every day. The fish have been holding over in the slower...... read more

July 17th, 2017

  Snake (Jackson Hole): Hold the phone, cause its dropping!! Since our last report flows throughout the snake river system have been dropping and clarity continues to improve. Flows out of Jackson Lake Dam are 2500, which is the target flow for the summer, very similar to 2016 flows in July. We have been floating from the Dam to Pacific...... read more

July 3rd, 2017

Stillwater: Our area lakes are still fishing well, and can provide an exciting day on the water. The surface water is getting warmer and fish can be found near the surface eager to eat dry flies. Lewis and Yellowstone lakes are great options if you are willing to drive. Closer to home, Phelps and Jenny lake are both fishing with dries and small...... read more

June 24th, 2017

Stillwater: If your looking for a fun day of fishing with friends, family or just need a personal day, Jackson, Jenny and Lewis lake offer great fishing with stunning views. You can expect to catch Lake Trout, Brook Trout and Cutthroats. Now is the best time to fish the lakes,  both sinking and floating lines will all be useful for fishing here....... read more

June 16th, 2017

Stillwater: While the Snake is still in run-off, many of the lakes in the area are still proving to be consistent fisheries. Fishing streamers at variable depths on Jenny, Jackson, and Lewis Lake continue to keep anglers smiling and coming back. Look to fish streamers all day long. Patterns: JJ Special (#6-#10), Jake’s CDC Squirrel Leech...... read more

June 10th, 2017

Stillwater: With the Snake and its tributaries still high and muddy, our local lakes have been the ticket to catching fish. Jenny, Jackson, and Lewis Lakes are all great options this time of year. Streamers will produce fish all day long worked at the right depth, and the surface action has begun to heat up. Look for the flying ants on Jenny Lake...... read more

June 2nd, 2017

June 2nd Update:  South Fork of the Snake River: Flows on the South Fork were bumped up to 14,000 cfs, the water is starting to look better in terms of clarity, but expect the fishing to be off for a few days as the fish adjust to the new flows. We expect the South Fork to be pretty dynamic in the coming weeks with water clarity improving with...... read more

May 8th, 2017

  Snake River (Jackson Hole) and it's Tributaries: Spring is finally here, bringing with it warm temperatures and high water. The Snake River and it's tributaries are blown out from Pacific Creek all the way to Palisades Reservoir, the only remaining clear water is the 5 mile stretch from Jackson Lake Dam to Pacific Creek Landing. With 5...... read more

August 28th, 2016

Our favorite time of the year is here at Westbank Anglers, the end of August and September offer some of the best dry fly fishing of the year. The fishing on the Snake has been GREAT and is just getting better. The dry fly fishing has been stellar all day long, with first time beginners boating dozens of fish. The mornings have started out nice...... read more

July 31st, 2016

The Snake River here in the Jackson Hole Valley is in prime summer form, the water levels have dropped and the fishing is great. The fish are looking up for dry flies and are aggressively chasing streamers. While fishing the banks has been a successful  tactic, throwing small foam patterns and dry flies in the riffles has without a doubt produced...... read more

June 1st, 2016

Memorial Day weekend turned out to be a good one. Plenty of nice weather, and a lot of good fishing for Yellowstone’s opening weekend. Some of our guides headed up to Yellowstone to fish the lakes, and the Firehole River opening day. We had great reports from both water systems.  The Firehole was a little late with bugs hatching due to the cold...... read more

May 4th, 2016

Run off looks like its officially here. Spring finally came, and brought muddy water with it. I went and looked at the river at about 10am this morning, and again at 1:30. It is significantly higher and dirtier in just a matter of hours. It is safe to say it will only get worse from here on out. End of June into July is just around the corner, so...... read more

April 20th, 2016

Happy Hump day! I hope people are getting ready for some warm April weather this week. We have predicted temperatures climbing into the mid 60s on Friday. Fishing on the Snake could be good now that our recent colder weather has cleared up the water on Snake for the time being.  This weekend looks like it might cool down as well. The Snake,...... read more

April 5th, 2016

April 5, 2016 It must be spring! Jackson Hole Mountain Resort is closed, and that means the Bakers dozen has started.  It is going to feel like spring out there this week with Warm temps in the forecast, and a nice break from wet weather Thursday and Friday. Fishing was pretty decent this weekend, the wind made it a little challenging at...... read more

March 29th, 2016

April is right around the corner, and it looks like we will have some spring like temps this weekend. Fishing has been good on the warmer days, and will only get better from now until run off starts. Lots of midges out there, and I have even heard rumors or Skwalas on the water. Although I would think it would need to warm up a little more before...... read more

March 15th, 2016

March 15, 2016 After a warm end to February, and an even warmer start to March, winter has returned with snow and cold weather this week. Fishing was good there for a bit, but as Mother Nature brings winter back, things might slow down on the fishing side. It is March however, and with March comes warm afternoons, and good pre run off fishing....... read more

June 21st, 2015

Here we are in mid June and we have some great options for fishing in our valley.  The runoff is subsiding and several of the area tributaries are clear and fishing well.  The main stretches of the Snake are still just a bit off color and running a bit high, but people are out catching fish, as someone said today, "it is clearing up by the...... read more