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Fall Fishing Offers Fewer Crowds, Plenty of Opportunity

Fall offers great fishing opportunities throughout the Cowboy State

10/10/2022 21:42:03

CheyenneFor many, fall is hunting time, especially in Wyoming.

But fall brings great fishing opportunities throughout the Cowboy State, and Wyoming Game and Fish Department fishery supervisors expect good fishing in various lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams.

Darren Rhea, supervisor of game and finfish fishing in the Jackson area, who also worked in the Pinedale area, said the Snake River, Flat Creek and all of the larger rivers in the Jackson area historically provide a good fall fishing as well as small wading streams. .

Jackson Lake is closed in October to protect spawning lake trout.

Sam Hochhalter, supervisor of game and finfish fishing in the Cody area, said the opportunities for anglers in the Big Horn Basin are plentiful.

“Fall is a phenomenal time of year for many of our fisheries in the Cody area,” Hochhalter said.

Between Buffalo Bill Dam and Willwood Dam there are over 4,000 trout per mile with good access for anglers and floats. Paintrock, Medicine Lodge, and Shell creeks in the Bighorn Mountains should have brown trout preparing to spawn. Closer to Cody, Dead Indian, Crandall and Sunlight creeks should be good as well.

Anglers can hunt lake trout this fall at Flaming Gorge Reservoir in the Green River area.

It is especially good for small lake trout under 24 inches long.

“We need more small lake trout harvested to reduce the impacts on the kokanee salmon population,” said Robb Keith, fisheries supervisor in the Green River area.

These smaller lake trout spawn along the shore of the reservoir. Keith said in recent years it’s been between October 10 and November 10 with a 2-3 week window when the fishing is best. Another place to visit is the green river below the Fontenelle dam, although the first kilometer below the dam is closed from October 1 to December 1. 31.

Bobby Compton, supervisor of game and finfish fishing in the Laramie area, said his part of the country offers quality lake and stream fishing. The Laramie Plains lakes, especially Twin Buttes, Meeboer, Alsop and Diamond should be good for trout. Hattie Lake and Wheatland #3 are low but still accessible by boat and angling where rainbow trout that spawn in the fall cruise the shores.

The Miracle Mile stretch of the North Platte is known for its fall brown trout run. Matt Hahn, game and finfish fishing supervisor in the Casper area, said anglers should have the opportunity to target big browns along this stretch from mid-October through late December.

Hahn reminds anglers, especially fly anglers along rivers and streams, to take precautions not to spread aquatic invasive species by following the Clean, Drain, Dry message for boats, boots, waders and more. fishing equipment.

“We have New Zealand Mud Snails in all reaches of the North Platte River, and Curly Pondweed is heading downstream,” Hahn said.

Walleye fishing at Alcova, Glendo and Pathfinder Reservoirs in the Casper area should be good, especially for big fish. Hahn said jigging spoons for hanging walleye is good technique at Glendo. Swimming baits on piles of rocks or steep drop-offs are effective in Alcova and Pathfinder.

Two great bodies of water that should provide good fishing this fall in the Sheridan area are Keyhole Reservoir and Lake DeSmet. Andrew Nikirk, game and finfish fisheries biologist at Sheridan, said nets in August revealed good-sized walleye to eat. Crappie fishing at Keyhole can be good in the fall in deeper water with vertical jigs. Check updated navigation protocols for Keyhole intended to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species before you set out.

DeSmet Lake offers anglers diversity with kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, Bonneville cutthroat, walleye and lake trout.

Healy Reservoir offers anglers a chance to catch largemouth bass, tiger muskie and walleye.

Paul Mavrakis, supervisor of game and finfish fishing in the Sheridan area, said the Middle Fork Powder River should provide anglers with good trout fishing opportunities this fall. He also said Sand Creek near Beulah should be good for brown trout.

Ocean Lake and Boysen Reservoir in the Lander area should be good for walleye.

“Boysen’s walleye population is doing very well,” said Lander game and finfish fisheries biologist Paul Gerrity. “There are a lot of good fish under 20 inches, but there are also good year classes in 2011 and 2014 that give people a chance to catch walleyes over 20 inches.”

Boysen should also have good sauger and rainbow trout fishing.

Lander game and finfish fisheries biologist Joe Deromedi said Cameahwait Lake near Boysen Reservoir – also known as Bass Lake – should be good for largemouth bass and tiger muskie .

The Popo Agie and Wind River drainages should be good for trout with solid water flows this year. Wiggins and Bear creeks should provide anglers with cutthroat opportunities this fall.

Brooks Lake near Togwotee Pass is scenic and a good spot for rainbow trout, with a chance for small speckled trout and lake trout. Ring and Trail lakes east of Dubois offer anglers the opportunity to catch trophy-sized trout.

The Finger Lakes near Pinedale are good places to target lake trout. The New Fork River for Brown Trout and the Green River should be good for Brown and Rainbow Trout until they freeze over.

Useful fishing links

Fishing regulations 2022

Wyoming Interactive Fishing Guide

Stocking reports

Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention

Fishing Challenges



This story, written by Robert Gagliardi, associate editor, originally appeared in the October 2022 issue of Wyoming Wildlife magazine. Call (800) 710-8345 or go online to subscribe for $14.95 for 12 issues.

(Sara DiRienzo, Public Information Officer – ([email protected]))

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