Freshwater Fishing in Wyoming
Wyoming is a beautiful, untamed land of mountain ranges, hills, and high plains. Much of it is covered with national forests and national grasslands, and it’s home to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. All this unspoiled wilderness draws thousands of visitors each year. If you’re one of them, consider doing a little fishing while you’re in the state – Wyoming style. To make your fishing trip an experience of a lifetime, check out the Wyoming fishing guides that are available.
Trout fishing is tops with most Wyoming anglers. Some of the best places to fish for trout include Luce Reservoir, Hogan Reservoir, Beck Lake, East Newton Lake, West Newton Lake, Deaver Reservoir, Buffalo Bill Reservoir, the Popo Agie River, the Shoshone River, the Clark’s Fork River, Dead Indian Creek, Lois Lake, the Wind River, and Horse Creek. There are many other trout streams in the state, and some are so isolated that you have to hike for miles just to reach them. If catching big trout in a beautiful, rugged setting appeals to you, contact one of the trout fishing guides in Wyoming.
The “Cowboy State” has its share of great bass fishing, too. Wyoming’s state record bucketmouth weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces – nowhere near the world record, but still a nice size fish. This lunker was found in a private pond, but there are several public fishing lakes that are home to largemouths. For largemouth bass fishing, try Renner Reservoir, Beck Lake, Deaver Reservoir, Ocean Lake, Bass Lake (Lake Cameahwait), and Thumb Lake. You can find numerous Wyoming fishing guides who are experts on bass angling.
Smallmouth bass fishing is always popular with anglers, wherever the scrappy fish are available. The largest one recorded in Wyoming came from Flaming Gorge Reservoir and weighed in at 5 pounds, 9 ounces. In addition to Flaming Gorge, healthy populations of smallies can be found in Thumb Lake, Bighorn Lake, and Keyhole Reservoir.
Walleye is another popular fish in Wyoming. The state record fish weighed 17 pounds, 7 ounces and was landed in Boysen Reservoir. Other good walleye fishing grounds are Wardell Reservoir, Two Ocean Lake, Bighorn Lake, Keyhole Reservoir, Pathfinder Reservoir, and Guernsey Reservoir.
To land a mess of crappie, fish in Wardell Reservoir, Two Ocean Lake, Boysen Reservoir, Bighorn Lake, Glendo Reservoir, and Grayrocks Reservoir. Wyoming has both black and white crappie, and though neither gets as large here as they do in some locales, they still provide lots of fun and great table fare. The largest white crappie and the largest black crappie in the state each weighed 2 pounds, 5 ounces – a good “eatin’ size.”