Around the first of May, runoff starts and will usually last until mid July. Many of the areas lakes will still have ice on them, so May is a tough fishing time in Jackson.
Memorial Day weekend brings opening day in Yellowstone and this is prime on these regional waters. Also, Jackson’s lakes will be free of ice by then. For the stillwater angler, a big attraction is mackinaw or lake trout, which are actually char. Specimens over 20 pounds have been found in lower elevation Teton lakes, such as Jackson Lake and Jenny Lake. While the super size “macks” are usually difficult for the fly angler to reach, the spring is the best bet, and lake trout up to 24 inches are relatively easy fool in fly rod depth water. A shooting head, Teeny or full sink line are necessary for consistent results. Leeches Woolly Buggers and streamers are the best bet. You can also catch some nice size cutthroats with the same methods. Spinning gear works very well on these lakes. Jakes Spin-A-Lure, spoons and plastic jigs are very effective. Boat fishing is best but shore fishing can also be done.
November 17th 2017
Waters are high on the lakes in the region. Inlets are freezing up and slowing down. Recent rain and snow can muddle the inlets and high wind areas.
It's now a waiting game for the hard water as temps are not quite there yet to look for the auger and sled. The lakes are fishable with conventional gear but go slow for bigger fish.
Catch a big one!