The fishing is Good right now. Perch and trout are both very active right now. Ice: 0-16″ Best Lures: Tungsten Jigs, Bronze Kastmaster, Swedish Pimples Best Baits: Nightcrawlers
The fishing is Fair to Good right now Ice: 4-10″ Best Lures: Rainbow Mepps Spinner, Pink Jigs Best Baits: Mealworms
Fishing is Slow to Fair right now. Ice: 4-8″, be cautious around aerators Best Lures: Chartreuse Jig, Silver Mepps Spinner Best Baits: Mealworms or Nightcrawlers
The fishing is Fair right now. Numbers of fish have been down but the quality has been great. Ice: 4-8″, be cautious of the aerators Best Lures: Yellow or Orange Jigs Best Baits: Meal Worms
Fishing is Good right now. Trout are very active just in time for the Derby on the 7th and 8th. Ice: West Side:0-2″, East Side: 4-10″ Best Lures: Silver Kastmaster, Daredevils, Pink Jigs Best Baits: Nightcrawlers and Mealworms
From the dam to the narrows is still 99% capped. It starts to open up around the narrows and is 100% open and fishable from the point at the end of the houses to the west.
Gelatt has ice on about 85% of the lake but was open from the aerator south all the way to the boat ramp. About 35 yards of shoreline are fishable around the boat ramp/ parking area. There is also a small open section starting on the north shore.
Still mostly capped. Maybe 20% of the lake is open(non fishable) from the aerator to the east. Small open spots along the shoreline. There is a drift on the road to contend with. Please don’t drive around if not passable, this can cause loss of access.
Ice is 1”-4”. Hattie has a wide variance in thickness and quality of ice today but was capped. A couple of fisherman where brave enough to venture out by the dam and boat ramp which had around 4” of ice. Reports from the rest of the lake varies from 1”-3” all the way up to upper lake along the shore but not enough for us to venture out a verify today. Looks like a good start for now but needs some more cold.
Meeboer has 1″-5″ of ice with the best being 3″-5″ west of the boat ramp area. Open water around the aerator and a little on the Northwest by the parking lot. Fishing was a little slow this morning but will get a better idea as the opportunity is improving with conditions.
Twin is capped and had 2″-5″ on the areas we checked. 5″ solid on the east end by the first outhouse. Boat ramp had about 4″ of ice. Several groups of fishermen out. Fishing was fair.
1″-5.5″ of ice. The lake had about 5″ of ice off the boat ramp to at least 20 yards out. Past that ice looked newer and didn’t venture out. Open water in the middle from the aerator to the east for about 70 yards and a small open area on the south shore halfway from the boat ramp to the other parking area. No fisherman out around noon.
Only minimal ice on the edges of the shoreline. Most of the lake is still open water fishable if you can find a day. Found a little bit of ice by the narrows but the 3′ swells where doing there best to not help it.
The west half the lake from the first bay all the way past boat dock was completely open and chewing on the ice shelf with the wind. East half was mostly covered with a couple of pot holes open in the middle. Looks to be a bit before any luck on this one.
Gelatt was about 95% covered with a small section open on the west end. Ice is very choppy on both the east and west ends of the lake. The open section wasn’t promising with the current winds but hope it holds and starts building. No one out on it yet and no evidence of anyone gutsy enough to test yet.
Lake is capped but lots of variations in how it looks. No one was out on it but a couple of wholes had been drilled about 25′ out.
Some info from the game and fish biologist about the fish kill this past weekend. Recent Gelatt Lake fish kill event: On Friday July 9th anglers at Gelatt Lake were catching fish. But by the morning of July 10th, hundreds of trout were lost due to low oxygen conditions. In addition, thousands of dead Fathead Minnows were observed. Oxygen most likely fell to lethal levels during the night due to plant respiration. While a good proportion of fish died from a lack of oxygen, it was not a total fish kill. There have been reports of fish still being caught since the event. Aerators were in operation and might have provided a zone of better oxygenated water for some fish to survive.
Fishing is Fair to Good, Water levels are low and clear. The fish are very spooky and line shy Flow rate: 80 cfs Current Flow Rate Chart Water Clarity: Clear Best Flies: Midge and Baetis Patterns (BWO, PMD, Black, Purple), Size 18-22 Dry Flies (BWO, Black Midge) San Juan and Rock Worms, White Sucker Eggs Best Lures: Copper, Silver, Brass Colors
The fishing is Fair to Good, the water is high and can be hard to get flies down to the fish. Have to run an 8-9 ft leader and 2-3 AB weights to get flies down and slowed down for fish. Flow rate: 2590-2600 cfs Current Flow Rate Water clarity: Clear Best flies: Midge and Baetis Patterns (BWO, PMD, Black, Purple), Stone flies, San Juan and Rock Worms, White Sucker Eggs, Hare’s Ear, Prince, Pheasant Tail Best lures: Gold, Copper and Silver Colors
The fishing is Good right now, the upper end is clear and the lower end is off color. The fish are sitting in the faster runs and on shelfs feeding then going a little deeper as the heat comes up. Flow Rate: 485-500 cfs Current Flow Rate Best Flies: Midge and Baetis patterns (PMD, BWO, Black, Purple), San Juan Worms, Rock Worms, White Sucker Eggs Best Lures: Copper and Silver Colors
The fishing is Fair to Good Best flies right now: Green, Orange, and Black Leaches or Balanced Leaches, smaller size Streamers (buggers) in olive or brown. Best lurers right now: Brown(copper) and orange Thomas spoons, Red/Gold holographic Panther Martin Best bait right now: Night crawlers, leaches, Red or R/W/B Power Bait
Lake Owen is still mostly frozen with some open water by the inlet. You still can not access Owen in a wheeled vehicle due to snow. Best flies right now: Best Lures: Best Baits:
Rob Roy is still frozen and inaccessible via wheeled vehicle due to snow. Best flies right now: Best Lures: Best Baits:
Hattie has wide variations in the ice thicknesses an quality. 1″-4″ of ice from the reports from fisherman(not enough for me to venture out on this one). Had enough ice by the dam that some brave souls where out on it. Looks like we may finally have a good solid start to build on.
Hattie was about 40% open maybe a bit more. There are 3 separate open areas; from the the West end all the way to just past the point, some in the narrows and by the old boat ramp. You can find fishable open water if you are looking for it. Dam and main boat ramp are still locked in ice.
Meeboer was 100% open and free of ice. Looking forward to some great ice off fishing.
Twin Buttes opened up significantly yesterday in the wind. About 65% of the lake is now open including the boat ramp. There is still ice in the first bay and on the East end of the lake by the first outhouse. It was open water from the West end all the way past the boat ramp and all along the North shore. Should start to fish well with chironomid flies, and eggs but we’ll have to see how this goes this year.
Granite was about 80% open water. Fishing has been Fair. Eggs, Power Bait (chartreus, red), Krocodile’s (Red & White, Orange and Silver) Streamers and buggers are best bet right now Browns and Blacks.
Crystal was about 40% open water. Fishing has been Slow to Fair Power bait (pinks and reds) or eggs have had the best luck.
Twin was still completely capped but edges are shot every where we looked.
Gelatt was 70%+ open water with plenty of fishable area from shore. Boat ramp was clear of ice. East end was still capped with ice and a small amount of ice was still left on the West end. Fishing was fair to good before ice started to come off.
Meeboer was about 40% open with fishable water on the East and South sides. Boat ramp was clear of ice. The west end bay and 1/2 of the “horseshoe” was still capped. Fishing had been a little bit slower but should pick up as ice comes off
Lake is capped but ice conditions very and are thin around the shore. 1.5″-3″ of ice. Fishing has been hard to report with ice conditions changing daily.
Lake Owen has around 6″ of ice and fishing is good. Access to the lake is day by day with drift conditions changing. People where able to get in with ATV this past week but may be snowmobile only any day.
Lake is 3/4 iced over with some fishable open water on the north shore. fishing has been good if you can get a day with the open water being accessible.
Fishing has been slow as the ice has been not cooperating. Lake is almost completely capped with a small open area on the west side in the middle. Ice is very clear but appears extremely thin.
Fishing has been fair. Plenty of open water, only ice today was on the east end of the lake.
Lake is wide open and fishing has been fair. Better if you can catch a day with less white caps, which has been hard the last couple weeks.
Fishing is fair. Flies: Scuds (olive, tan, grey), Midges (red, olive, black), Damsels (blue and green), Leeches (balanced and hot-heads), Streamers (olive, brown, orange, purple) Bait and Lures: Rapalas (fire tiger, rainbow, brown in countdown, floating, and jointed), Krocodiles, Daredevils (red/white, black/white), redworms, large nightcrawlers, Pink and green glitter powerbait
Fishing good to great! Flies: Elk Hair Caddis (olive, black, brown), Mayfly (black, cream, tan), Mosquitos (dry), Gnats Griffiths, Renegades, Parachute Adams Bait and Lures: Smaller gold spoons (Panther Martins, Mepps, Kastmasters) Redworms, Baby Nightcrawlers, Pink and Chartreuse Powerbait with glitter
Fishing fair to good. Flies: Elk Hair Caddis (brown, olive, black), Grey Drake, Mosquitos (nymph and dry), Gnats Griffiths, Renegades, Damsel Flies (blue and green), Mayfly (dry and nymph) Bait and Lures: Redworms, baby nightcrawlers, pink and green powerbait with glitter, Roostertails (rainbow and gold spoon), Panther Martins (Gold/red, black/gold, silver)
Good to Great Flies: Grey Drakes, Elk Hair Caddis (olive, black, brown), Mayfly (black, cream, tan), Midges (olive, black, red), Mosquitos (nymph and dry), and Gnat Griffiths Bait and Lures: Kastmasters (small red/gold, nickel/blue), Mepps (gold, red, silver, chartreuse), Powerbait (Pink, purple, yellow with glitter), redworms and nightcrawlers.
Most if not all of the high alpine lakes are frozen with snow cover. Many are only accessible via snowmobile or some ATVs with current conditions.
Still frozen with snow cover. Only accessible via snowmobile or some ATVs.
Fishing is fair to slow. Water is beginning to get high and murky due to run-off. Flows reported last at 2365 CFS. Flies: streamers with flash, leeches with flash Lures: Anything with bright colors, gold, and silver Bait: leeches and nightcrawlers
Fishing is slow. Either a long day or big fish. Flies: streamers, leeches, chironomids, amphipods Lures: Rapalas (fire tiger, rainbow trout, or brown trout); rooster tails (fire tiger and rainbow trout); mepps (bright and flashy colors) Bait: night crawlers
Fishing is fair to good! Flies: chartreuse copper johns, chironomids, hot-headed leeches, wooly buggers in olive or brown, amphipods, and damsel nymphs Lures: kastmasters with red, gold, silver, or pink; rooster tails (rainbow patterns and gold); rapalas (rainbow or brown trout patterns) Bait: night crawlers
Fishing is poor to fair. Water is rising and getting murky due to run-off. Flies: chartreuse copper johns, san juan worms, amphipods, chironomids, streamers with lots of flash.
Morning fishing better than later in the day. Water is clear and low. Flies: greenie weenies w/ bead-head, tongue teasers, olive and brown wooly buggers, San Juan worm (red)
Wheatland Reservoir #3 has open water for the majority of the lake. The exception is at the boat ramp where there are ice chunks making launching boats difficult.
Reef flush will be from March 28th to April 6th. From Casper Game & Fish office March 24, 2020 North Platte River flushing flow to run for ten days footer CASPER – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department cautions sportsmen to be aware of sizeable increases in water flows in the North Platte River for 10 days beginning March 28 as part of a flushing flow project. Game and Fish has requested the flushing flow in order to maintain fish spawning habitats and to increase production of invertebrates that fish depend on for food. Flushing flows are typically requested to run in mid-March; however, due to scheduled maintenance activities on Gray Reef Dam, the start date had to be pushed back two weeks in 2020. The Bureau of Reclamation will begin releasing additional water from Gray Reef Reservoir in the early morning hours beginning Saturday, March 28. Flows will increase from approximately 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 4,000 cfs and will then gradually decrease back to 500 cfs each day, with the maximum flow occurring between 3-7 a.m. Flows from Gray Reef Dam will return to 500 cfs at 10 a.m. each day. The schedule will be repeated through April 6. The flows below Gray Reef Dam will then be stabilized at approximately 500 cfs following completion of the ten-day cycle. This schedule may be modified due to unforeseen circumstances regarding the maintenance activities. “Data show these flows are important to trout spawning and to the numbers of trout in the river,” said Matt Hahn, fisheries supervisor for the Casper region. In the past, the trout population had fallen to less than 400 trout per mile, even with stocking. Annual flushing flows began in 1995, and now the trout population averages over 3,500 per mile. The Game and Fish Department advises sportsmen and recreationists to be aware of the potential dangers related to flushing flows. Because the flush will span the weekend, there is potential for more people to be wading or floating the river. Those using the river during the flushing flow should consider the fluctuating water levels and be aware that areas that can be waded effectively at 500 cfs are not safe at 4,000 cfs.
Lake is 90% iced hot shoreline is opening up and ice looks sketch on most of the lake. A couple of open shore areas that are fishable on the southwest shore past the heat ramp. A couple diehard wind fighters out this morning in one past the walking gate.
Lake is 85% open. Only ice is on the west bank out toward the aireator 150 yards. Only concern would be the flow becoming detached and shifting in the lake. Should be a good spot to hit open water this weekend.
Lake is about 60% maybe more open. From boat ramp to south is all open to almost the other shore. Shore line is open all the way around to the road for at least 15 feet and then opens up into the whole end on west for about 30 yards.
Lake is about 50% open. East end is iced over for around 250 yards then opens up completely. Ice starts on the west end by the point on the north side then opens up again at the west end.
Road 5 miles east of the reservoir is terrible. Ice is about 24 inches thick with about 4-6 inches of snow on top. Fishing is slow-poor.
5″-8″ of ice on most but shore line is getting thin and sketchy at best. Be careful as warm weather can effect the ice quickly. Fishing has been fair.
Our team member Caleb got out to crow this week. 15″-20″ of ice. Fishing was Fair to Good. Mostly smaller in size but fun to catch.
Our team member Caleb got out to crow this week. 15″-20″ of ice. Fishing was fair to good. Mostly smaller in size but fun to catch.
Lake was still capped with 18″-36″ of ice. Fishing has been Slow to Fair. the trout that have been caught have been good size 4-6 lbs 24″+ this last week. Not much for walleye this week. yellows and white jigs, Kastmasters and jigging raps.
Lake was open from the boat ramp area to the East. Ice on west end was 3″-7″. Be careful as warm weather can effect the ice quickly. Fishing has been good. photos from 3/6
Lake was open from the boat ramp to the aerator around to the South. the rest of the lake was capped with ice. Be careful as warm weather can effect the ice quickly. Last thickness was 6″-8″ Fishing has been Good the last two weeks. Pinks and greens working the best as of late. Photos from 3/6
lake is still capped on 3/5/20 last ice thickness report was 6″-10″ Fishing has been Slow to Fair.
Lake is still capped with 4″-6″ of ice be careful as warm weather can effect the ice quickly. Fishing has been fair. Blue and yellow jigs with meal worms.
Lake is ~80+% open water. Ice is from about 100 yards west of the boat ramp to the dam so no boats of size yet. Fishing should pick up as the ice comes off.
Fishing was Good to Great Ice was 8″-12″ water around the aerator was open. blue colors and orange power bait.
Fishing has been Slow. Seeing lots of fish but not much luck getting them to hook up. Ice is 8″-12″
Fishing was good. Ice was 6″-10″ with open water around the aerator. Pink & Green colors, mellows, night crawlers
Fishing is fair to good. picking up this last week or so. Ice is 6″-8″ with some open around the aerator. Yellows & Pink colors, red power bait
Fishing was slow to fair. Best on the backside of the lake. there is plenty of ice 16″-24″+. best luck with glow and pink colors or “sucker” meat.
Fishing is fair. Ice is 8″-14″ on most of the lake with some open spots due to wind east of the “houses” in the bay and on the west end. Green & red jigs with meal worms, red power bait, spawn sacks.
Road was drifted over a couple hundred yards from the lake, but was close enough to walk to lake (Last hilltop before the lake is where they could drive to). Fishing was fair to good. Ice was 12″+
Talked with a couple people that snowmobiled in to Lake Owen yesterday. Fishing was great, 18″-20″ of ice. If your up to the adventure to get there the alpine lakes can be amazing to ice fish.
Thanks to Shawn for the report Here is a fishing report from 1/19/20 Ice was 13-14 inches thick and it was a slow day. We landed 4 nice fish but we typically land 6-12 fish a day at Alsop. We used everything from Powerbait to tubes to Kastmasters and Rapalas. All the fish came on Powerbait.
Ice was around 5″ to 8″ Fishing has been slow to Fair but nice size to what was caught Pink and orange jig colors
Report is road was drifted over and didn’t look passable, this is a day to day issue up there. Ice was 6″-9″ at last report and fishing was fair to good.
Fishing has been Fair, slow day with several then caught in a short period of time. Ice is 8″-10″ Yellow and green jigs
Fishing has been Good Ice is around 6″ to 8″ Gold, Green & Yellow colors are doing well
Fishing has been Fair Ice is between 3″-9″ with the thicker being where wind has pushed sheets on top of each other. some nice perch coming out this week. Pink and green jigs seem to be the trick tipping with wax worms. Hattie Derby is Jan 4th & 5th and tickets are available at the store now. $35 for adult, $5 for youth(under 14)
From our friends at the Lake John Resort. Lake John = fully capped with 3”-4” of ice. Roads accessible with some drifting near the edges. The further from shore you get the thinner the ice still. Lots of anglers fishing this lake and doing well right now. Pictures attached. North Delaney = 25% open water to 3” of ice at about 20ft from shore. Near the damn 6” of ice. South Delaney = 50% open water to 3” of ice at about 30ft from shore near the north end bottleneck. East Delaney = capped with 2.5”- 5” of ice. 2.5” of ice at about 30ft from shore before the boat ramp. 5” straight out form the boat ramp. Deep snow 150 yards from the boat ramp making it hard to access. Cowdrey = capped with 6” of ice. Please remember these conditions and ice are changing by the hour with wind, snow and sun. We also have cabins and a suite available if you are wanting to stay out at the lake! Please visit our website at lakejohnresort.com for more information and call us for a reservation.
Diamond has been fishing Fair (only two reports from this weekend) Ice 4″-6″ road was passable and ice was good. As always conditions can change quick so use best judgment and be safe.
N. Crow has been fishing Fair Ice 9″-11″ but very white Road in was snowy and drifted had to walk last 100 yds or so. As always conditions can change quick so use best judgment and be safe.
Twin Buttes has been fishing Good Ice 2.5″-6″, thickness was extremely varied from reports but those that found ice they were comfortable with did well. Jigging raps, and darters seemed to be the trick. As always conditions can change quick so use best judgment and be safe.
Wheatland #3 was slow to fair Ice 6″-8″ had people use just about everything all caught a couple but long periods in between As always conditions can change quick so use best judgment and be safe.
Sodergreen has been fishing Good Ice mostly around 6″ Active jigging seemed to be best, coppers, and golds. As always conditions can change quick so use best judgment and be safe.
Alsop has been fishing Fair to Good Ice 4″-6″ Mostly dead stick stuff, pinks and greens tipped with a meal worm. As always conditions can change quick so use best judgment and be safe.
Ice was 4″ to 6″+ Fishing was slow to fair. Using tip ups/jaw jackets, jigs with mealworm tips
Hanging Lake had between 5″-10″ of good ice but did vary from one side of lake to other. Miller was not accessible today do to snow. As of Sunday had 8″-12″ of ice and fishing was good. As always conditions can change quick so use best judgment and be safe.
Had a couple second hand reports from the 26th who said inlet had 3″-5″ and was fishable. As always conditions can change quick so use best judgment and be safe.
Report that their was around 2.5″ of ice. Fishermen didn’t like the looks and headed to other plains lakes.