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.
September 8th, 2017
September can be a great time to fish surrounding waters in the valley.
Area lakes are still near capacity for the season due to the record snowfall of last winter.
Finding eager fish willing to bite might be challenging in these lakes on top water this time of year. Target your luck on lake points and rocky outcroppings. Deeper is better with Leech patterns and Woolly Buggers with split-shot or sinking line at the end of your fly rod to get into the fish.
Don’t be that guy and grab a spin rod for some fun if your fly rod isn’t producing. Lures like Kastmasters, Krockadiles, Jake’s Spin-a-lure or a minnow imitation wiggle bait on a jig head are working this summer.
Catch A Big One!