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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Forest Service partners with University of Wyoming; volunteers needed for Public Lands Day events on September 28 (LARAMIE, Wyo.) September 18, 2019 – The Laramie Ranger District has partnered with multiple groups, including the University of Wyoming (UW), to hold local volunteer events on National and Wyoming Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 28. Billed as the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands, the day highlights the importance of public lands nationally and in Wyoming, as well as acknowledging the multiple uses of public lands. Volunteers are needed to assist with three events near Laramie on that day, one of which will be held on the Pole Mountain unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest. Working under an agreement with Common Outdoor Ground (COG), two old sections of the Aspen Trail on Pole Mountain will be rehabilitated, due to new reroutes. COG will also lead a clean-up event in Roger Canyon north east of Laramie on a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managed section. Under Laramie BikeNet’s direction, new trail will be constructed on the state section east of Laramie, referred to as the Schoolyard. The service day is a product of the University of Wyoming’s Service, Leadership and Community Engagement office, the UW Outdoor Program, Wyoming Conservation Corps, COG, Laramie BikeNet, Wyoming Pathways, the BLM, and the Forest Service. Volunteers are asked to meet at 9 a.m. in front of the Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center’s northeast corner, near the Outdoor Program entrance. From that location, groups will head out to their respective work sites. This full-day event includes transportation if needed (carpooling also encouraged), food, tools, work gloves (please bring them if you have your own), and representatives who will help facilitate the work-day. Volunteers should wear closed toe shoes and bring water. Long sleeve shirts and pants are recommended. Most project work should be completed by 2 p.m. Doughnuts and lunch will be provided for volunteers. Those who wish to help naturalize the Aspen Trail should anticipate a short hike to get to the work site. UW students and staff interested in the event can register through UW Connect. Community members can register on Eventbrite. A Facebook event page is also live. Common Outdoor Ground is a community organization providing volunteer support for sustainability of outdoor spaces in southeast Wyoming. COG has an agreement with the Laramie Ranger District to help coordinate volunteers and resources for multiple work days and events in 2019. The Pole Mountain unit is a focus area for trails work within the Medicine Bow National Forest. For more information on the Pole Mountain unit, contact the Laramie Ranger District at (307) 745-2300, 2468 Jackson St. in Laramie. You can also visit our website at https://fs.usda.gov/mbr, or follow the Medicine Bow National Forest on Twitter, @FS_MBRTB.