The entire length of the Upper North Fork of the Shoshone River is fishable. Use streamers or big bead-headed nymphs for best results on larger trout. Anglers are reeling in plenty of nice rainbow, cutbow and brown trout.

Target fall hatches including blue winged olives and caddis flies. The trout are looking up for olive or gray snowshoe sparkle duns (size 16).

-- Tim Wade’s North Fork Anglers fishing report in Cody


Fishing on the Gray Reef section of the North Platte River is still strong. Use streamers and be persistent to catch big fish.

Anglers are also catching fish nymphing in the baetis or midge hatches. Try using light and short emerger rigs. Dry flies are also working.

For nymphs, try using a UV leech, PSL, RS2 foam wing, ice minnow, CDC pheasant-tail, mini impaler, crawdizzle, Bush’s dad, jujubaetis, pheasant tail, BH hare’s caddis or amber or tan scud. For streamers, try using a Goldie, bread n’ butter, flesh-colored Morrish medusa, BP bugger and tan or black dungeon. For dry flies, try using a purple rooster, Brook’s sprout midge, double wing trico, trico stout spinner or renegade.


The fishing has been slow on Flaming Gorge Reservoir with cold weather. Rainbow trout fishing is still strong for any anglers interested in braving the temperatures. Most bait and techniques seem to work.

The fishing should improve if conditions warm.

-- Lauretta Tanner, Buckboard Marina in Green River


Fishing on Keyhole Reservoir has been good and should be until it freezes. Anglers are catching plenty of big walleye. Jigging with minnows between 20 and 25 feet seems to work best. But bring an alternative bait because minnows are selling out at area stores.

-- Mike Smith, Empire Guest House, RV Park and General Store in Pine Haven

The Open Spaces fishing report is compiled on Tuesdays by Christine Peterson, Star-Tribune outdoors reporter. Conditions can change daily. To contribute to the report, send an e-mail to or call 307-746-3121.


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