Spring Fishing Conditions- April 18th

April 18th, 2018

What a winter we’ve had! Another great season has come to an end in Jackson, which means only one thing…time to start fishing. As per usual this time of year, we have lots of snow in the mountains, ready to melt and enter into our watersheds. Will it be a warm April/May…? Only time will tell. Currently, water is being released from Jackson Lake Damn and Palisades Dam to accommodate for runoff.

Jackson Lake Dam
Current Discharge: 2,500 CFS
Current Storage: 77% Full
Current Inflow: 1,390 CFS

Palisades Dam
Current Discharge: 20,000 CFS
Current Storage: 61% Full
Current Inflow: 8,400 CFS

According to the Snake River Operations Update, “Due to the increased Heise forecast the discharge at palisades is going to 20,000 cfs in order to reach the new flood control target in early May. There are no changes in the very short term at Jackson Lake Dam. The increase in Palisades is being passed downstream out of the Upper Snake system to maintain open space in American Falls Dam”.

With highs in the upper 50’s foretasted for the next several days, it’ll be a great chance to get out with friends and family.  The Snake river in Jackson, above the Hoback River, looks great, it is not crystal clear, but it is currently clear enough to trick some trout.  There have been large hatches of midges and hopefully, if we get some warmer weather to warm the water up a bit, we may be privileged to some Skwala action.  Stay tuned and keep an eye on the River, late April can be fantastic!

Spring Flies: Spring time nymphing has been popular around the valley with some occasional dry fly action. Midges, Rainbow warriors, WD-40’s, Brassies and Pats Rubber Legs (sizes #16-#20) have been some of the best patterns. Streamer fishing has been on and off, with Dungeons, Peanut Envy’s Barley Legals and Lil’ Kim’s being good flies to stock up on.

Don’t forget the Baker’s Dozen fly Sale currently going on at the shop, come by and stock up for the summer!


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