Fishing bulletin of May 18, 2022 | Community

Regional overview

The weather rollercoaster continues. Take advantage of it today, because a major climate change is coming from Wednesday. A drastic climate change arrives Thursday afternoon with strong winds, followed by a significant temperature drop. Rain showers are expected, but will turn to snow in some areas. While snow accumulation should be minimal at lower elevations, there could be a few inches in the Snow Range and other areas at higher elevations. The cold persists, but gradually subsides throughout the weekend. More precipitation is possible late Sunday and from next week.

Classification Categories

H (A fish) – to ensure the fish dinner, go to the local grocery store

HHHHH (Five Fish) – cast a line and catch a fish; fish are not picky

Granite, Crystal and North Crow Reservoirs

The buzz: Fishing is good in the Granite and Crystal reservoirs. Most of the fish are small, but one angler reports catching some between 14 and 15 inches and even a few over 20 inches. He also caught a few brown trout. The North Crow Reservoir remains good. While the fishing here is slower, the increased size compensates for this.

Suggested baits, lures and flies:

Sloans and Absarraca Lakes

The buzz: The action picked up with the warm weather that started the week, but will likely slow as temperatures drop again.

Suggested baits, lures and flies:

White plastic jigs (for bar)

Mountain Pole

The buzz: Fishing is good with clear ponds. As of the start of the week, Forest Service roads remain closed, but are expected to reopen soon. The trails at Happy Jack Recreation Area are drying out, but expect mud, snow, and running, standing water.

Suggested baits, lures and flies:

Laramie Plains Lakes

The buzz: Fishing continues to improve throughout the basin. Anglers report catching big fish at both Twin Buttes and Alsop. The action is decent elsewhere, but rather slow in Sodergren.

Suggested baits, lures and flies:

Laramie River

The buzz: Runoff accelerates as the water level rises. It varies with the weather, but can get quite muddy when temperatures warm up. Expect the river to rise over the next week or two which will make fishing difficult.

Suggested baits, lures and flies:

snowy chain

The buzz: Snow is melting in the high country, but access to higher elevations is still a long way off. Crews are plowing Highway 130 over the Snowy Range pass, but the storm predicted for the next few days will likely slow clearing. On Tuesday morning, the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service’s snow measuring station reported 32 inches at Brooklyn Lake, a decrease of 17 inches from last week. The report indicated 19 inches of snow at cinnabar park, a decrease of 13 inches from last week. The report to sand lake at the north end of the Medicine Bow Mountains was 68 inches, a decrease of 5 inches from last week. The measuring station of Medicine Bow Peak, at an elevation of 10,500 feet, is reporting 74 inches, a decrease of 14 inches from last week. To North French Streamon the west side of the Medicine Bow Mountains, the report was 58 inches, down 12 inches from last week.

Suggested baits, lures and flies:

North Platte River and Encampment River – Saratoga Valley

The buzz: Action on the upper North Platte River is slow as runoff is in full swing. The Encampment River is gushing and probably not the best place to cast a line right now.

Suggested baits, lures and flies:

North Platte River – Gray Reef

The buzz: The gray reef fishes well, with a flow always around 500 cubic feet per second. This means wading is possible, although most of the action is from drift boats.

Suggested baits, lures and flies:

North Platte River – Miracle Mile

The buzz: The Mile fishes well, with flows of around 1,500 cubic feet per second. It’s quite fast, so be careful when wading.

Suggested baits, lures and flies:

Wheatland Reservoir No. 3

The buzz: Fishing continues to resume, but remains slow. The fish are worth the wait, with real lunkers caught.

Suggest baits, lures and flies:

Glendo

The buzz: The reservoir is at 87% capacity, just a little below what it was a year ago. It could increase with runoff, but for now all boat ramps are available and walleye fishing continues to improve. The mountain bike trails here are in excellent condition and offer one of the best early season options for those looking to hit the trails.

Suggest baits, lures and flies:

Nightcrawlers on Worm Harnesses (Gold and Silver Blades)

Rapala spoons (perch and minnow pattern)

Hawk Springs Reservoir

The buzz: Fishing is fair to good, with anglers reporting a few walleye, but doing quite well with crappie. This is the best time of year to fish here, before recreational activities in the form of jet skiing resume.

Suggest baits, lures and flies:

Nightcrawlers with Worm Harnesses (Gold and Burnt Orange Blades)

Rapala spoons (perch, minnow and rainbow pattern)

Uncle Josh’s Dough Bait (for catfish)

Grayrocks Reservoir

The buzz: The action is slow for walleye, but smallmouth bass and crappie have bitten. Expect the action to improve once the weather warms up and stays hot for a while.

Suggest baits, lures and flies:

Nightcrawlers with Worm Harnesses (Gold and Burnt Orange Blades)

Rapala spoons (perch, minnow and rainbow pattern)

Tank levels

river flow

North Platte River near the Colorado state line: 681 cubic feet per second

North Platte River above Seminoe Reservoir: 3,000 ft3

North Platte River near Miracle Mile: 1,504 cfs

North Platte River at Gray Reef: 498 cfs

Encampment River near the town of Encampment: 1,530 cfs

Boat ramp openings

Glendo Reservoir: All ramps are open.

Guernsey Reservoir: All ramps are open.

Boysen Reservoir: All ramps except Lakeside are open.

Seminoe Reservoir: All ramps are closed except North Red Hills #2 and #3.

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