Yesterday the heaviest generation was between the hours of 3:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. and then dropping down to below 3,000 cfs overnight. Scheduled generation for today on the White River will be weak and below 3,000 cfs until 9:00 am when generation should increase to 100 MW or 2 units (6,000) cfs and once again by 3:00 pm back up to the 13,000+ cfs range. The Norfork is once again scheduled for some fish water for an hour this morning when but no generation is scheduled until 2 or 3 pm and should generate again until 7:00 pm. Midges and Hoppers continue to be big producers on both rivers. Some good news for the Norfork is that there are some good fish over there at the moment. Remember that barbless hooks are required on the Norfork from above McClellans down to the Handicapped access.
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The brown trout on the White River have been on the move in recent weeks as they do every year. It’s a bit easier to keep track of them with the lower flows we’ve seen this summer. Large pods of fish from below Rim Shoals to the Dam are congregating for the pre-spawn runs which should begin downstream very soon. This spawning action will move upstream as the fall and winter progress and I implore fisherman to tread lightly and be very careful during this time. I will leave to others the heated debates on the spawn and fishing during this time. I will remind fisherman to be careful, land the fish as fast as possible without taking it out of the water for more than 20 seconds and releasing any fish quickly back into the water. Remember that trout have slime which is it’s primary protection from bacteria and other organisms. Remember to wet your bare hands before handling these prized fish as dry hands will take more of the slimy protection off the fish and leave it exposed. Also remember that if the temps are below freezing gills could become damaged and get a little frost bite. Barbless hooks help with the release and dislodge easily.
Generation has been cooperating for both the wade and boat fisherman and this weak generation we’ve had this summer has made for some of the best hopper action we’ve seen in a while. When generation is weak like it has been foam ants will almost always work near the dam as ants live on the concrete.
I know it seems counter intuitive but these flies will work as early as march and into october. You can also use them while wading up by the dam with a dropper. Try it in the grassy area on the Marion county side by throwing it upstream and drifting it back to you. You will be surprised at the size and number of fish you will catch. Keep in mind though that it does not work as well during foggy conditions and a bit of wind also helps.
Conclave is just around the corner and is the week after next. There will be crowds at most of the public access points. A few guides are adept at moving up and down the river on no generation water and can get you out of the crowds and away from the public access areas. I am available to guide after conclave is over. I love to sight fish if the water is down and less than a handful of guides can actually navigate the river either up or downstream to find these fish. After an actual 15 years and over 3,000 days of guiding experience on the river taking a boat from the upper end of the river to the lower end of the river one has to learn it fast. So if you are going to hang around and fish after the conclave give me a shout and we can set up a day. See the Guided Trips page for more info and prices.
Thanks and Good Fishing.