If you have the day to fish southeast Wyoming, Sloans and Lake Absarraca have the variety you are looking for. With channel catfish, largemouth bass, pumpkin seed, yellow perch, black crappie and rainbow trout, you can work towards the youth fishing challenges of Wyoming’s Wild One, Bass Battle, Pan Pair and Percid Prize. Visit Curt Gowdy State Park to catch brown trout, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, or yellow perch in granite and crystal reservoirs. Stream Middle Crow Creek between the two reservoirs for rainbow and brown trout, or fish the beaver ponds on the South Fork of Middle Crow Creek to catch brown trout and earn your Habitat Counts challenge.
Check out our day trip guide tailored for the days you need to fish. But first, make sure you get your WY fishing license
Two days for fishing
If you have two days to fish, the Laramie or Saratoga areas are some great destinations. The Rob Roy Reservoir is located in the Medicine Bow National Forest and about 45 miles west of Laramie and about 60 miles east of Saratoga. At Rob Roy you can catch brown trout, rainbow trout, Kokanee salmon or Splake for a “Trout Trio” or “Cool Catch” certificate. After fishing Rob Roy, stay in the mountains and head north off Highway 130 in the Snowy Range to Brooklyn Lake to fish for brown trout or splake.
As you drive back to Laramie, stop at the Plains Lakes west of Laramie to catch a variety of species including rainbows, cutthroat, brown trout, kokanee salmon, and yellow perch. The Alsop, Gelatt, Hattie (see photo), Leazenby, Meeboer and Twin Buttes Reservoir lakes are home to a wide variety of species. The more water you fish, the greater the chances that you will fill your gate. When driving home to the Plattental from Rob Roy, stop at Lake Saratoga north of Saratoga to catch a brown, rainbow, or even tiger trout!
Three days of fishing
Do you have a long weekend to go fishing? Look no further than Wheatland and Torrington to cast your line. Packers Lake is just east of Torrington, where you can get a largemouth bass, black crappie, channel catfish, pikeperch or tiger musk. Talk about a “cool catch”! Thirty miles south of Torrington on Highway 85 is the Hawk Springs State Recreation Area, complete with campgrounds, outbuildings, playground, and boat ramp. Hawk Springs has black crappie, channel catfish, largemouth bass, and pikeperch that can be caught from the shore or by boat. Also 15 miles south of Torrington are the Springer / Bump Sullivan WHMA and the Bump Sullivan and Springer reservoirs.
Springer has campgrounds and a boat ramp where you can launch a boat and catch black crappie, green sunfish, and perch. Bump Sullivan features black crappie, largemouth bass, green sunfish, and channel catfish for you to complete the Bass Battle or Wyoming’s Wild One challenges. Both reservoirs are closed to fishing from November 1st to February 15th. Grayrocks Reservoir is about 20 miles east of Wheatland and is one of the best zander fisheries in the state! To the west of Wheatland are Lakes Festo and Rock, where you can catch a variety of fish to meet the challenges of youth fishing.
Wheatland Reservoir # 1 is another lake near town where you can catch channel catfish, black crappie, smallmouth bass, walleye, and perch! To catch this elusive trout, head west from Torrington or Wheatland to the Laramie Range, where trout can be found in most streams and lakes with excellent fishing access.
For more information about fishing in Wyoming, visit the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website or call the Laramie office at 307-745-4046.