The Blackfoot River was a low for this time of year but the fishing was ok. I caught 6 cutthroats – one 21″, 2 16″, and the rest were 8-10″. I lost a couple of nice fish too. The best news….no carp!! Last year carp were everywhere but it looks like the carp trap is back in the river and doing its job.
Hopefully over the next few weeks we will see the blue damselflies and some other fly hatches.
Here is the 21″ cutthroat caught on a black and red woolly bugger (size 4) (same pic/different angle):
Dodging soaking thunderstorms was the name of the game on Stump Creek this last Friday. In between some drenching thunderstorms, fishing was quite good. Between three fisherman, we caught over 40 fish and missed a lot more. Most fish were in the 8-10″ class but we caught around 15 that were 12″ +. I caught around 20 fish – one 18″ brown and the rest were cutthroat. A really nice 18″ snapped my line.
Stump Creek was still a little high for quality fishing. On Friday night I caught one little whitefish on a bead head hare’s ear but other than that the fishing was dead (which may have been due to my lack of skills not the fishing). There were no fly hatches on the river yet. The weather turned nasty on Saturday with rain, wind, and cold so I trip ended early. Stump Creek will be great in a few more weeks once the water recedes to more normal flows.
Last week my family went to Oneida Narrows Reservoir near Preston, Idaho. It was beautiful day and we were able to catch 10+ Smallmouth Bass on red and black beadhead wooly worms (size 4). A couple of the Smallmouths reached 14″ and were about 2 lbs. We fished off the bank with a spinning rod, clear bubble and fly. A boat or pontoon would be excellent on this reservoir.