September 7, 2009

Island Park, ID and Yellowstone, WY September 2009

My in-laws rented a cabin in Island Park and invited my wife and I to tag along. What a great way to spend Labor Day! We arrived late Friday night and got a few hours of sleep before my Father-in-law and I got up early to hit Henry's Lake. We were on the water and fishing at about 8 am and the bite was slow. Henry's Lake is known for monster Hybrids, Yellowstone Cutts and Brook trout. I was using a gold jakes spinner when smack, Fish on! I got him to the boat and my Father-in-law netted him. He measured 22". We kept him for dinner which fed the whole family. We ended up with 3 fish on the day.

We also hit a few of the sights around Island Park. What a beautiful place! From Mesa Falls and Big Springs, to floating the Henry's Fork of the Snake River and visiting Yellowstone National Park, there is always something you can do. We saw alot of wildlife and stopped at Firehole Falls in Yellowstone to swim some of the rapids there. The water was a little nippy but well worth the experience. Between all that and getting to spend time with family, It's tough to come back home.

This was a great cabin!

22" Yellowstone Cutt from Henry's Lake.

Henry's Lake

Old Faithful

A moose with her calf in Big Springs.

Some big rainbows in Big Springs. Check out the hog at the top. That fish is easily over 30".

Buffalo Crossing the Madison River.

Mesa Falls

Bull Elk

Swimming the rapids of Firehole Falls in Yellowstone.

This is a real water slide!

Bald Eagle in Yellowstone.

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