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West Laramie Fly Store

West Laramie Fly Store

1657 Snowy Range Rd, Laramie, WY 82070
Phone: (307) 745-5425

Store Hours: Saturday thru Thursday 5:30 am to 9:00 pm,
Friday open till 10 PM

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Fishing Report 

 

If you have a fishing report please feel free to call us at

307-745-5425 
or even better, e-mail us at flystore@flystore.net

Updated 12/8/2018

12:00 P.M.

Click on the area below for report...

Laramie Plains Lakes Northern Colorado/ Walden Area Snowy Range Alpine Lakes

Curt Gowdy and Pole Mountain    

Laramie Area Rivers Other Area Lakes
North Platte River Encampent River

Forcast

 

Ice Fishing season is finally upon us, and we have Jaw Jackers this year! The local lakes are gradually getting more and more ice on them, so be the first to head out there and catch a big one!
Get out fishing and good luck!

*Our reports are only as good as yesterdays news, so for most recent reports contact us at 307-745-5425. 

Laramie Plains Lakes

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Lake Hattie:  No recent reports on fishing conditions as the ice is finally getting thick enough to be safe to fish.  Ice is around 3" to 5" thick.

Hattie is the largest of the Laramie Plains Lakes currently around 2500 acres but will fluctuate depending on how much water we get in a year. Lake Hattie has Rainbows, Browns, Cutthroat, Kokanee, Perch and is stocked with other strains from time to time including Lake Trout. The easiest access to the Plains Lakes is 8.5 miles from the Fly Store down Highway 230 at Pahlow Lane. Please be mindful of your speeds on the access roads to the lakes.

Lures:  Kastmasters (gold, silver, metallic perch), Thomas spoons (red/gold, silver, brass), Daredevles (red/white, five of diamonds)

Bait:  Nightcrawlers, Meal Worms, Powerbait (chartruese, garlic, fl. orange)

Flies:  Leech patters, chironimids (snow cones, barbed wire), zebra midges, wooly buggers (burnt orange, black, brown, thin mint), scuds (pink, rust, olive)


Meeboer: Fishing is Good!  Ice is 4" to 7" thick, open water in the middle of the lake by the aerator.

Meeboer is a great trout fishery at just under 120 acres that has wintered over four years in a row and has high fish count.  The Game & Fish did not stock Meeboer this year in hopes of seeing larger fish growth. Most fish being caught are in the 14"-16" range. The easiest access to the Plains Lakes is 8.5 miles from the Fly Store down Highway 230 at Pahlow Lane. Please be mindful of your speeds on the access roads to the lakes. 

Lures to use: Ratso (lime green, catalpa), Rat Finkee (pink, chartruese, white), Tube Jigs (red/white, chartruese), Tungsten jigs (pink, gold, glow)

Bait: Meal Worms, Night crawlers, Powerbait (chartruese, salmon egg red)

Flies:  Scuds (rust, olive), Chironimids (snow cones), Zebra Midges


Twin Buttes: Fishing has been Fair to Good. Ice is 4" to 6" thick, with thinner (2-4") ice on the west end of the lake so be careful if you are fishing that side.

Twin Buttes is the second largest of the Plains Lakes around 250 acres and is known to produce amazing brown trout, and also has rainbows and cutthroat. The easiest access to the Plains Lakes is 8.5 miles from the Fly Store down Highway 230 at Pahlow Lane. Please be mindful of your speeds on the access roads to the lakes.

Lures to use: Ratso (lime green, catalpa), Rat Finkee (pink, chartruese, white), Tube Jigs (red/white, chartruese), Tungsten jigs (pink, gold, glow), Jigging raps (gold, blue, perch)

Bait:  Meal Worms, Night crawlers, Powerbait (chartruese, garlic)

Flies:    Scuds (olive), Zebra Midges



Gelatt: Fishing is Slow to Fair. Ice is 4" to 6" thick.

At 34 acres Gelatt is the smallest of the main Plains Lakes. The game and fish stocked this lake with Grayling a couple years back and we are starting to see some good size to them as well as the trout in this lake. The easiest access to the Plains Lakes is 8.5 miles from the Fly Store down Highway 230 at Pahlow Lane. Please be mindful of your speeds on the access roads to the lakes.

Lures to use:  Ratso (lime green, catalpa), Rat Finkee (pink, chartruese, white), Tube Jigs (red/white, chartruese), Tungsten jigs (pink, gold, glow)

Bait:  Night Crawlers, Meal Worms, Powerbait

Flies:  Scuds (olive, rust, pink)


Leazenby: Fishing is Fair to Good. Ice is 4" to 6" thick 

Leazenby is located south of Laramie on Highway 287 about 8 miles on the east side.

Lures to Use:  Ratso (lime green, catalpa), Rat Finkee (pink, chartruese, white), Tube Jigs (red/white, chartruese), Tungsten jigs (pink, gold, glow)

Bait: Nightcrawlers, Meal Worms, Powerbait (RWB, Cheese, Chartruese)

Flies:   Scuds, Zebra Midges


Sodergreen: Fishing is Fair. Ice thinkness is around 4" to 6". 

Sodergreen typically fishes well but is part of the city water storage and can fluctuate up and down in level. This lake may not produce the largest trout but it can produce in numbers.  The average size of fish caught out of Sodergreen is 10-14". 

Lures to use:  Ratso (lime green, catalpa), Rat Finkee (pink, chartruese, white), Tube Jigs (red/white, chartruese), Tungsten jigs (pink, gold, glow), Kastmasters (gold, silver), Thomas Spoons (perch, rainbow, gold)

Bait: Nightcrawlers, Meal Worms, Powerbait (chartruese, pink)

Flies:   Scuds, Leech patterns, Wooly Buggers (brown, thin mint, olive)



Alsop: Fishing is Fair to Good. Ice is 4" to 7" thick.

Alsop is a fly and artificial only lake--NO BAIT Allowed. it is located northwest of Laramie on Herrick Lane off of Highway 130.

Lures to use:  Ratso (lime green, catalpa), Rat Finkee (pink, chartruese, white), Tube Jigs (red/white, chartruese), Tungsten jigs (pink, gold, glow), Mister Twister Tails (chartruese, black)

Flies:  Scuds, Chironimids, Midges

Starting January 1, 2010
"The creel limit on trout shall be two(2) per day or in possession. All trout less than sixteen (16) inches shall be released to the water immediately.
Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only."
Wyoming Fishing Regulations 2010-2011, Wyoming Game and Fish Commission pg. 28,
© 2010 Wyoming Game & Fish Department

Diamond LakeFishing is good to great! Ice is 5" to 8" thick, there is still a lot of weeds under the ice, but if you can find an open bottom, the fish should be there. Reports of fish ranging from 16" to 19".

After many years of no water Diamond is back and in good shape. 
Diamond lake is located 30 miles northwest of Laramie off the Cooper Cove exit (279) on I-80 between I-80 and Medicine Bow.

Lures to use:  Ratso (lime green, catalpa), Rat Finkee (pink, chartruese, white), Tube Jigs (red/white, chartruese), Tungsten jigs (pink, gold, glow), Jigging raps (gold, perch, red)

Bait:  Night Crawlers,  Powerbait (Spring Green, Garlic Chartruese, Flo. Red and Orange)

Flies: Woolly buggers (Olive, Black, Thin Mint), Scuds (Olive), Chironomid patterns (Red, Black, Olive), BH Nymphs (Hare's Ear, Prince),   Leech Patterns (Hot heads, Balace, Egg Sucking).

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Laramie Area Rivers

Little Laramie:  Most recent report of most of the accessible areas being frozen over. Likely to be done until spring.

Lures to use: Small spinners (Panthers, Mepps, Blue Fox Vibrax)

Bait: 

Flies:  Small BH nymphs (Princes, Pheasant tails, Hare's Ears), Midge Pattterns (Griffiths Gnat, Rengades, Zebras),  Stonefly patterns (Rubberlegs, Halfbacks), Small wooly bugger and leech patterns. 

Big Laramie: Fishing has been slow, frozen around woods landing, and ice is around edges moving closer to Laramie.  

Lures to use: Panther Martins (Brown Trout, Yellow/Silver, Brass/Black), Blue Fox Vibrax (Silver, Black), Rooster Tails (Brown Trout, Black, White)

Bait: Nightcrawlers, Salmon eggs

Flies:  BH nymphs (Princes, PT, Copper Johns), Woolly buggers (Black, Brown, Olive, Nilla, Thin Mint), Stonefly patterns (Rubberlegs, Halfbacks), Leech Patterns (Hothead, PSL),Streamers (Trick or treat, Platte River Spider, White and Olive Peanuts) and worm patterns (san juan, rock), small Crayfish Patterns.

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 Snowy Range Alpine Lakes

Lake Owen:  Fishing is Good! Snow is piling up out there so be careful when driving out to Owen or Rob Roy.  No ice reports, but there should be fishable ice out there.

Important Access info about FS Road 517 closure.

Lures to use: Ratso (lime green, catalpa), Rat Finkee (pink, chartruese, white), Tube Jigs (red/white, chartruese), Tungsten jigs (pink, gold, glow)

Bait: Nightcrawlers, Powerbait (Salmon Egg Red, Salmon Egg Peach, Pink, Garlic), 

Flies:   Leech Patterns (Hothead), Wooly Buggers, Chironomids, BH nymphs (Princes, CJ, PT).

 


Rob Roy Res:  Fishing is Good. No ice reports, but should have fishable ice.

Use same setup as Lake Owen.

Snowy Range Lakes: Fishing is Great. Hwy 130 is closed for the season, so access is limited to snowmobiles; however, the fishing should be good if you can make it out there.

Lures to use:  Ratso (lime green, catalpa), Rat Finkee (pink, chartruese, white), Tube Jigs (red/white, chartruese), Tungsten jigs (pink, gold, glow)

Bait: Night Crawlers, Powerbait (Spring Green, Chartreuse, Red)

Flies:   BH Nymphs (Prince, Hare's Ear, Pheasant Tails),  Small Wooly Buggers, Chironomids (Black, Red, Olive).

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Curt Gowdy & Pole Mountain

North Crow Res: Fishing is Fair. Ice is around 5" to 7" thick.

Lures to use: Ratso (lime green, catalpa), Rat Finkee (pink, chartruese, white), Tube Jigs (red/white, chartruese), Tungsten jigs (pink, gold, glow)

Bait: Night Crawlers, Powerbait (Yellow garlic, pink), Meal worms

Flies: , BH Nymphs (PT's, Princes, Red and Green copper johns), Scuds (Olive, Tan), Chironomids (Red, Black), Wooly bugger (Black, Olive, Thin Mint) and Leech patterns (Hothead, Balance), Crawfish (Rust, Olive, Brown).

Granite Res: Fishing is Fair. Reports of ice around 5" think in the inlets, but thinner ice around the middle of the lake (about 2-3").

The Curt Gowdy lakes are the best place in the area to go and simply catch fish. Many species co-exist in both Crystal and Granite Reservoirs, including Rainbow, Cutthroat, Lake and Brown trout, and Yellow Perch. Most fish caught are in the 8"-12"  range with some brood stock going over 18". Granite is the largest of the three lakes and many people go boating out here and it is more of a recreation lake. There is an outdoor archery range, play ground and plenty of camping areas around the lake.

Use same set up as North Crow Res.

Crystal Res: Fishing is Good. About the same thickness as Granite.

Crystal is just down the road from Granite and fishes about the same as Granite. These lakes are known for their large populations of stocker trout!!!!! There is a 15 HP restriction on any boats at Crystal.

Use same set up as North Crow Res.

Beaver Ponds on Pole Mountain:  Fishing has been fair to good.

Use same set up as North Crow Res.

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Other Area Lakes

Wheatland Res #3:  Fishing is fair to good! Reports of ice around 6-8"

Lures to use:  Thomas Bouyants and Cyclones (Blue/Nickel, Copper, Gold/Red), Jigging raps (Firetiger, Blue, Rainbow), Krocodile Spoons, Ratso (lime green, catalpa), Rat Finkee (pink, chartruese, white), Tube Jigs (red/white, chartruese), Tungsten jigs (pink, gold, glow)

Flies:   Woolly buggers (Brown, Nilla, Canadian Blood), Leech Patterns (Hothead, Balance), Streamers (OBS, Platte River Spider, Peanuts), BH Nymphs (Haresear, Prince, Pheasant Tails), Chironomids (Red, Black), Scuds, 

Bait: Night Crawlers, Rainbow Powerbait, Meal Worms

Toltec: Fishing has been fair to good. Reports of ice around 7"

Lures to use: Thomas Spoons (Gold, Orange, Brown Trout), Ratso (lime green, catalpa), Rat Finkee (pink, chartruese, white), Tube Jigs (red/white, chartruese), Tungsten jigs (pink, gold, glow) 

Bait: Night Crawlers, Powerbait (Nymph Grape, Chartruese)

Flies: Use the same setup as Wheatland No. 3

East Allen:  No recent fishing reports.  

Lures to use: Kastmasters (Perch, Rainbow, Brown), Ratso (lime green, catalpa), Rat Finkee (pink, chartruese, white), Tube Jigs (red/white, chartruese), Tungsten jigs (pink, gold, glow)

Bait: Nightcrawlers, Salmon eggs.

Flies: BH Nymphs (Haresear, Prince, Pheasant Tails), Chironomids (Red, Black), Scuds, Leech and Wooly Bugger Patterns. 

Saratoga Lake: Fishing is good. Reports of ice around 5-7" thick. Call Hack's in Saratoga for more up to date info.

Lures to Use:  Ratso (lime green, catalpa), Rat Finkee (pink, chartruese, white), Tube Jigs (red/white, chartruese), Tungsten jigs (pink, gold, glow), Kastmasters (Silver/Blue, Gold/Red, Perch), Thomas Spoons (Copper, Gold, Nickel

Bait: Nightcrawlers, Salmon eggs, Power eggs and bait (Chartruese, Orange, Red)

Flies:  Chironomid patterns, BH Nymphs (Prince, Pheasant Tails, Hare's Ear), Scuds. Wolly buggers, Carey specials. 

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Northern Colorado/Walden Area

Walden Area Lakes: Fishing is good! Reports of around 8" of ice

Call Lake John Resort (970-723-3226) for the most up to date reports. 

Lures to use: Kastmasters (Silver, Copper),  Ratso (lime green, catalpa), Rat Finkee (pink, chartruese, white), Tube Jigs (red/white, chartruese), Tungsten jigs (pink, gold, glow), Little Cleos (Silver, Chartreuse)

Bait:  Nightcrawlers, Salmon Eggs

Flies:  Scuds (Olive, Tan), Chironomids (Red, Olive, Black), BH Nymphs (Haresear, Prince, PT),

Wooly buggers and Leeches (Olive, Black), Water Boatman.


 Honholz Lakes: Fishing is fair to good. No recent ice reports

Use same setup as Walden Area Lakes.

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North Platte River

Gray Reef:  Fishing is fair to good.  Recent flows are around 500 CFS and water is clear.  
For the most recent flows on the Reef 
CLICK HERE.

Gray Reef is the tail water below the dam at Gray Reef Reservoir and is a great trophy trout fishery. Being a tail water, you can fish for big trout all year long. Winter flows will be around 500 CFS and high water flows can reach around 6000 to 7000 CFS.  

Flies:  Leech Patterns, (Hothead, Pine Squirrel), Wooly Buggers (Nilla, Brown BMB), Caddis, Hoppers, BWO,  RS2s, Squirmy and Sparkle Worms (Red, Purple),  Rock Worms (Red, Purple), Scuds (Gray, tan), PMD's,  Midge patterns (Black, Red, Olive),  egg patterns (orange), emergers, and dries

Lures: Rapalas (Rainbow, Brown), Tasmanian Devils (Cutthroat, X-mas Tree), Rebel Crawfish (Brown/Red), Rooster Tails (Brown, Grasshopper).

Miracle Mile: Flows are fluctuating around 550 CFS and fishing is fair to good.

The Miracle Mile is a renowned trout fishery and is known for producing big browns and rainbows. The Miracle Mile is the tail water between Kortes Dam and Pathfinder Reservoir. Recent flows are around 800 CFS and the river is running clear. For the most recent flow on the Miracle Mile CLICK HERE.

Flies:  Hoppers, BWO, Streamers (Thin Mint, Goldies, OBS), Midges, Rock Worms (Red, purple), Scuds (Tan, Olive, Gray),  Midge patterns (Red, Black, Olive), Leech Patterns (Hotheads, Pine Squirrel,) Squirmy/ Sparkle Worms ( Red, Purple), Emergers, Wooly Buggers (Nilla, Brown, Olive),  Egg patterns (orange), and dries.

Lures: Rapalas (Rainbow, Brown), Panther Martins (Yellow/Orange, Silver/Green), Rebel Crawfish.

Upper North Platte:  Flows are slowed down by ice at North Gate. Fishing has been fair. Ice is starting to make the fishing pretty difficult. For most recent flows at North Gate CLICK HERE.

Flies:  BH Nymphs (Princes, Copper Johns, PT's ,Hare's Ear)Streamers (Nilla, Thin Mint, Goldies), BWO's,  Stonefly Nymphs (Rubber legs, DB Peacock, 20 incher, half-backs), Midge patterns (Black, Red) Wooly buggers (Olive and Black),  BWO nymphs (RS2, JuJu baetis, Barr Emerger), Egg patterns (orange).

Lures: Panther Martins (Black/Brass, Silver/Yellow, Black), Rapalas (Brown trout, Rainbow trout).

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Encampment River

Encampment River:  Flows are unreadable due to ice. Fishing has been fair; however, with the ice conditions, finding a spot to fish can prove to be difficult.

Use same set up as Upper North Platte.

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