Fishing Report - 5.21.20
Enjoy the best lake fishing of the season. The recently iced off Jackson Lake and Jenny Lake are fishing well. At this time, there is no boating allowed in Teton Park, but there is plenty of shoreline access. There are fly fishing options, but the lakes are most easily fished with spinning gear. Try Jakes Spinalure, Krocodiles and Kastmasters. Work the points and shallower bays as the day warms up. Black and chartreuse jigs are also productive for lake trout. Fish these slower than you would think.
The best valley option for river fishing is the Snake River below Jackson Lake Dam in Teton Park. You may see some blue wing olives, otherwise streams like Sparkle Minnows, Clousers, Woolly Buggers and leeches. Rainbow Warrior, Iron Lotus and BH Pheasant Tail nymphs will also work.
Other streams in valley are running high and cold from snowmelt and therefore are not viable options.
Yellowstone Park fishing opens on Saturday, May 23. The Firehole River is a great option. Generally there are hatches of BWOs and small black caddis. Searching nymphs will also work. Bear spray is a necessity if exploring in Grand Teton and Yelowstone this time of year. Better safe than sorry.
If you were lucky enough to get out on the other side of the hill earlier this week, you saw the salmon flies out on the Henry’s Fork. With this cold front rolling in, they have been curbed but expect them back out, full blown, spreading through to the lower river with our next warm stent. Keep throwing rubber legs and nymphs under the surface until we see them flying around again.
With the drop in flows on the South Fork, it is a great option to float. You may see some caddis hatches in the evening but look under the surface until then. San Juan worms, streamers, or stonefly nymphs should be productive.