November 2018


Upcoming Events




November 27, 2018​​​​​​​


Salt Lake 



February 22, 2019

6:00 - 9:00 PM


What You Might Have Missed in HFF News

Last Chance Boat Ramp Complete

Former Intern Reflections

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HFF helps at BLM Youth Event

Work Begins on Stonebridge Boat Ramp

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HFF Kicks Off Giving Season with #GivingTuesday

We are excited to kick off the year-end giving season with Giving Tuesday, November 27! We are thrilled to once again participate in this day of giving!

So far, our generous Board of Directors has pledged to match $12,000! This match means that you can double your gift on #Giving Tuesday!

Join us on Giving Tuesday to celebrate the spirit of giving that has helped us conserve the unique fisheries, wildlife, and water resources of the Henry's Fork for the last 35 years!

What You Might Have Missed - Special Highlight

A Little Girl's Big Impact in TROUT Magazine, by Matt Guymon

"I made one cast and two of the four fish spooked. After nearly spoiling the opportunity I figured it was a good as time as any. I handed her the rod and walked her into place. I told her if she hooked one to sit down on the rock behind her.

And then I told her she would likely only get one shot the remaining fish. She surprised me and said, “I got it.""

Read the full article here.


Rate Your Fishing Experience Feedback Questionnaire in its 3rd Year

For the third year in a row, HFF sent out an online feedback questionnaire in search of insights on how anglers felt about that year’s fishing season. June continues to be the most popular month to fish the Henry’s Fork, however, Last Chance took the #1 spot from the Ranch as the most common reach to fish in 2018. Those two stretches were followed by Ashton to Chester, Pinehaven/Wood Rd 16, and Box Canyon. Anglers on the Henry's Fork continue to value “world-class wild trout fishery”, “scenery”, “hatches”, and “big fish”. One of the most interesting aspects of the survey asks anglers to “rate” fishing conditions. From 2016 to 2017 there was a significant increase in ratings for fishing conditions on all reaches of the Henry’s Fork. From 2017 to 2018, ratings improved again, with 76.5% of anglers rating Island Park to Riverside as 6 (out of 10) or above.

Feedback from anglers continues to help HFF better understand what is most valued about the Henry’s Fork and where to focus our attention in the future.

Henry's Lake: Status of the Fishery

The following is a summary of a presentation given by Jon Flinders (Idaho Dept of Fish & Game) at a Henry's Fork Watershed Council meeting:

Henry’s Lake has been a recreational fishery since the 1800s and is the most popular lentic fishery in the state. The dam was built in 1924 for irrigation storage and the hatchery was built shortly after to mitigate for the cutthroat tributary spawning areas being inundated. IDFG conducts spring sampling using 50 gill nets each year. The management goal in Henry's Lake is 11 trout per net, which attempts to provide good trout abundance with adequate size. In 2018, spring sampling showed trout abundances were at 4.5 trout per net with decreasing trout over the last 6 years. Since 2014, IDFG has been increasing stocking rates in response to decline in abundances. This fall, over 1.5 million fingerling trout were stocked around the lake. 

Creel surveys in 2013 and 2016 suggest harvest rates remain low for both the open water and ice fishery. However, abiotic factors such as temperature and oxygen coupled with earlier ice off, and warming trends may be causing the lake to warm faster. Historic water quality data for Henry’s Lake has been limited. Thus, IDFG collaborated with the HFF, Henry’s Lake Foundation, and Idaho DEQ to investigate warm summer water temperatures and low winter oxygen levels as potential factors limiting trout survival. Five sites have been monitored weekly for temperatures, dissolved oxygen, phosphate/nitrogen ratios, and algal loading since July. Thus far no algal blooms have been observed and current conditions appear good for trout going into this fall and winter.
To see the slides from that presentation, click here or visit

BLM Seeking Comments on Additional Access Sites on Henry's Lake

The Bureau of Land Management Idaho Falls District is requesting public input on plans for additional recreational access and opportunities on the western and eastern shores of Henry’s Lake. Fremont County submitted a proposal to BLM to expand Bill Frome Park, located on the northwest shore of Henry’s Lake. As part of a holistic approach to the development, the BLM is also considering how to develop and/or manage public land areas along the lake’s south shore.

As part of the proposal, the BLM has developed several alternatives for both Frome Park and the South Shore. Maps of all eight proposals (Frome Park alternatives A, B, C, D and South Shore alternatives A, B, C, D) and descriptions are available online for public review and comment here.

Send comments to by November 19th.  

San Francisco Reception was a Success!

Thank you for a great San Francisco event! It was a wonderful evening with friends coming together to support a great cause. Special thanks to our planning committee for making the event happen. With an educational casting demo and great silent auction it was sure a night to remember. Our work would not be possible without the generosity and support of our members.