May 1st, 2019
May 1st, 2019
Spring has been a slow arrival here in the Jackson Hole area. Recently cool temperatures and scattered snow showers has quelled any significant snow melt. A small increase out of Jackson Lake dam to just over 2,000 CFS and temps in the 50’s last week got the Snake River in the Canyon flowing at 9,000 CFS, now with cooler weather and no increase from the dam, flows in the canyon are down to 6,000 CFS. This means there has been negligible snow melt over the last week. Good news for anglers looking to get out on the Snake, because this pause in the natural melt has allowed the Snake to clear up again and has been providing some good fishing. As temperatures increase and the snow starts melting again, these conditions will change, but it’s nice to get another window of spring fishing. If you are looking to fish the Snake, focus on the middle part of the day and be prepared with a variety of Caddis, both nymphs and adults. The Skwala stoneflies have been hit or miss this year, while we are seeing very small pockets of them on the river, fish can be tricked into taking a well placed imitation. The majority of action will be found subsurface with nymphs and streamers fished with a very slow retrieve.
Over on the South Fork of the Snake in Idaho, the river looks great. The flows here were reduced this week to 15,000, down from 18,000 and the river is clear and gorgeous. The fishing has been good when you find the fish. They are readily eating all sorts of nymphs and streamers. Focus on the runs, riffles and tailouts. The Idaho Fish and Game is currently conducting electrofishing efforts on certain reaches of the South Fork . Here is a tentative schedule for their electrofishing plans:
|Wednesday, May 1||Palisades Creek to Sheep Creek|
|Thursday, May 2||Lufkin bottom to Dry Canyon|
|Tuesday, May 7||Hwy 26 bridge to Indian Creek|
|Wednesday, May 8||Palisades Creek to Sheep Creek|
|Thursday, May 9||Lufkin bottom to Dry Canyon|
|Tuesday, May 14||Hwy 26 bridge to Indian Creek|
|Wednesday, May 15||Palisades Creek to Sheep Creek|
|Thursday, May 16||Lufkin bottom to Dry Canyon|
|Tuesday, May 21||Hwy 26 bridge to Indian Creek|
|Wednesday, May 22||Palisades Creek to Sheep Creek|
|Thursday, May 23||Lufkin bottom to Dry Canyon|
For more information on the IDFG strategy and the scientific background of the struggle between Cutthroat and Rainbows in the South Fork of the Snake, visit the Henry’s Fork Foundations blog on the management practices being utilized on the South Fork.
Give us a call here at the shop for the latest updates or stop by the shop to talk fishing.
Jenny with a South Fork Rainbow