Wind and warm temperatures are clearing ice off of lakes in the Laramie area. Ice is also moving off of the Big Laramie River, which means more anglers are starting to fish open sections.

Anglers should start preparing for the pre-runoff spring river and lake fishing.

Lake Hattie Reservoir has a little bit of ice left, but fishermen should not trust it.

-- Jim Bublitz, West Laramie Fly Store in Laramie


Ice is breaking away from the edges of Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The ice is also starting to honeycomb. Any anglers venturing on the ice should use extreme caution.

-- Lauretta Tanner, Buckboard Marina in Green River


The fishing has slowed down on Keyhole Reservoir. The ice is still solid, though slushy on top.

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


Fishing on the North Platte River is variable right now. The Gray Reef section is fishing well below Gray Reef Dam, but feeder streams are adding mud above and below.

The drainage behind The Reef Fly Shop started to run enough to muddy Gray Reef Reservoir. Ledge Creek is adding a bit of mud about three miles down. Bear and Bates creeks are also moving.

Much of the ice has cleared to above the Sechrist access.

The spring flushing flow for Gray Reef is tentatively scheduled for March 10, and it could be a 10-day flush.

-- North Platte Lodge in Alcova fishing report


Look for open areas of water in the upper South Fork Valley of the South Fork of the Shoshone River, and fish during the warmest part of the day. Try using bead-headed nymphs or dead drifting woolly buggers.

The Lower Shoshone River is fishing well with streamers, aquatic worms, bead-headed sowbugs and midge larvae patterns.

Midges have been hatching sporadically throughout the day. Baetis patterns should pick up soon. Look for noses on the water between noon and 3 p.m.

-- Tim Wade’s North Fork Anglers fishing report

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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