Every spring, as area rivers turn brown with runoff, anglers turn their attention to the many lakes around here in western Wyoming. As soon as ice comes off and waters shimmer with hues of turquoise and cobalt, lake trout become a viable fly rod option.
Ice off... Time to target Lake trout at Leek's Marina
Today we took a run up to Jackson Lake to see what was happening. While still having some ice on it, there was quite a bit of open water too allowing us to fish streamers on sinking lines from the shore. Fish were caught and we were able to cast without wearing down jackets (a first this spring!). While it was exciting landing some good size lake trout, the highlight of the day was definitely watching a Grizzly bear walk along the oxbow of the Snake river.
Typical fly rod caught Mackinaw on Jackson Lake
With warm temperatures making a comeback, many rivers and streams in the region are becoming unfishable. Fear not though, if you know where to go, there are plenty of good fishing options around. In addition to lakes, Yellowstone National Park will open for the 2014 fishing season next weekend. If you're visiting the area and want to fish this or some other cool trout waters, give me a call.