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Best Lakes to Fish in Albany County – Our Top 5

The rivers are anger my friends, and are still high and kind of dangerous right now. I had plans to float the North Platte from Treasure Island to Saratoga, if you survived the trip down the river good chance you would not catch anything because you would be moving too fast. So I’m thinking fishing the lakes are a good idea, this past week Lake Owen and Rob Roy Reservoir have opened and are fishing well. Check out our top 5 lakes to catch the big one!

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1.     Rob Roy Reservoir: Just opened and fishing is good. Fish stream inlets for trout.

Fly patterns: Chironomids, Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Small Adam’s, Mosquito, and Midge Patterns, Streamers.

Info: Rob Roy Reservoir is the largest, deepest, and highest in the series of the reservoirs. Rob Roy is located in a mountainous area surrounded by evergreen forest. The lake and surrounding area are the focus of recreational activities, such as boating, fishing and camping.

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2.     Lake Owen: Lake Owen is fishing well.

Fly patterns: BH Prince nymphs, BH woolly Buggers, Zug Bugs Renegades, Hornbergs, Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulators.

Info: The campground is adjacent to Lake Owen. It is comprised of two loops under a dense stand of Lodgepole pines and a few Aspen. Both loops have sites overlooking the lake and site with scenic views of the Snowy Range.  There are 35 campsites with tables, fire rings, trash pick-up, vault toilets. The understory is grass, but sites are well separated providing adequate privacy. There is a 14 day stay limit. Owen Lake is 55 acres and offers fishing and boating access.

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3.     Lake Hattie: is fishing fair. Hattie is now full. The Game and Fish just recently stocked Lake Hattie.

Fly patterns: Vanilla Buggers, Black BH Buggers, Olive BH Buggers, Big Horn Buggers, Hot Head Leeches, Olive and Rusty Jawbreakers, Red San Juan Worms, White BH Buggers, Big Horn Sculpin Bugger, Big Hole Bugger, Brown CH Beldar Bugger, Chironomid patterns damsel nymphs.

Info: Lake Hattie is the largest of the Laramie Plains Lakes at 1500-3000 surface acres depending on water levels. It contains rainbows, browns, lakers, Kokanee salmon, and perch. The browns and rainbows range from 12-30 inches with the occasional 5 to 10 pounder, and the lake trout average 5 to 15 pounds. There is camping and a couple of boat ramps at Lake Hattie. There are, however, no electric of water hookups at the campsites.

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4.     Twin Buttes: is fishing fair.  The Wyoming Game and Fish just recently stocked Twin Buttes.  The fishing should steadily get better throughout the summer.

Fly patterns: Vanilla Buggers, Black BH Buggers, Olive BH Buggers, Big Horn Buggers, Hot Head Leeches, Olive and Rusty Jawbreakers, Red San Juan Worms, White BH Buggers, Big Horn Sculpin Bugger, Big Hole Bugger, Brown CH Beldar Bugger.

Info: Twin Buttes is a 250-acre impoundment that contains rainbows and browns averaging 12 to 25+ inches. This reservoir offers the angler a great opportunity to catch a true trophy brown in the eight-pound range. Fishing at Twin Buttes is best in the fall when the browns are trying to spawn. Look for fish to be in the shallows with a gravely bottom. There are two boat ramps and overnight camping, but no hookups.

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5. Galett: is still fishing well.  The Laramie Plains lakes are a great alternative to blownout rivers.  

Fly patterns: Vanilla Buggers, Black BH Buggers, Olive BH Buggers, Big Horn Buggers, Hot Head Leeches, Olive and Rusty Jawbreakers, Red San Juan Worms, White BH Buggers, Big Horn Sculpin Bugger, Big Hole Bugger, Brown CH Beldar Bugger , Chironomid patterns, Scuds, Damsel nymphs.

Info: Galett is the smallest of the Laramie Plains Lakes, at only 34 surface acres. It has rainbow trout from 12 to 24 inches and grass carp. We have good carry over fish at Galett the past couple of winters thanks to efforts from the Wyoming Game & Fish aeration systems. This impoundment is an extremely shallow lake with great vegetation growth full of damsel nymphs and scuds.

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Next week Fishing Report “Top Five Rivers and Streams in Southeast Wyoming”

Fishing Quote:

Three-fourths of the Earth’s surface is water, and one-fourth is land.  It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn.  ~Chuck Clark

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