September 9th , 2018
Palisades Reservoir is on the way down right now. As of this morning it is at 62% of capacity and dropping fast.
As is usually the case with Palisades, you'll have better luck fishing from a boat, although if you want to fish from shore, target points and any areas where tributaries feed into the lake. Points are a good place to start as well. Rapala Countdown's, Storm minnows and spoons like Kamloopers, Kastmasters, Krocodiles and Pixee's work well. It's a good idea to vary your retrieve until you figure out what speed the fish like best. Typically you want to get those lures down deep in the heat of the day or if you fish early or especially later you have a decent chance of catching some cruising browns and cutthroat trout, especially with the shallower running Rapalas.
If you have a boat and are trying to key-in on the Kokanee and Mackinaw, you've got to go deep and having a fish finder makes it a lot easier to figure out where they are. Jigs work well, especially Rapala Snap-Raps and Jigging Raps or if you are downrigging, Hydrovibe Hoochies and Luhr Jensen Teespoon Spinners are good lures.
If you like fishing bait and are looking for a meal, you can't go wrong fishing worms. And if you want even better luck, catch yourself a sucker, cut it into strips and fish it. It's hard for fish to resist these tasty strips.
Fly fishermen and women should concentrate on tributaries which feed the lake, like the Salt, Snake, Greys, Bear and McCoy Creeks. Early morning and later in the day are going to be your best bet, especially if you are trying to key in on rising fish and browns.
***The same holds true for many of the large lakes like Jackson, Yellowstone and all the lakes in the "Winds".
Drop by the store for daily updates and tips on what lures or flies to use.
Star Valley isn't loaded with smaller lakes like you might find in the Wind River Range or further north, but we do have a decent amount spread out around the area and with a few exceptions, they don't get a ton of pressure. This type of fishing isn't for everyone, this is true, but lake fishing can be unbelievably productive at times and some of these lakes hold some very large trout. .
Some semi-local smaller lakes that are worth checking out are; Strawberry Creek and Swift Creek Reservoirs, Stump and Murphy Lakes, Lake Barstow, Middle Piney Lake and Lake Alice (fairly long drive from Alpine) and many more are fairly accessible and within an hours drive of Alpine. And if you ever have the time to check out the lakes in the Wind River Range you won't be dissapointed..
Drop by the store and we'll give you some pointers on where to fish and what to use. .