With 4,200 crystalline lakes sand 27,000 miles of blue-ribbon, fishable streams, Wyoming is the ultimate fishing and fly fishing destination. Expert anglers and eager beginners alike can find a fisherman's dream along the clear waters scattered across the state. Wyoming embraces this gift, ensuring that capable guides and outfitters are as plentiful as the fish waiting to be caught.
Yellowstone is perhaps the most famous fishing spot in the state, with anglers drawn by the legendary trout in its rivers. Brook trout, brown trout, rainbows and native cutthroat trout beckon to enthusiasts. Farther south, in Grand Teton National Park, others seek out the Snake River cutthroat, a colorful character found in its namesake river. In the fall, the spawning run of brown trout darkens the waters of the aptly named Miracle Mile in the North Platte River. Catch all four native subspecies of cutthroat and earn a Cutt-Slam certificate from Wyoming Game and Fish Department.
Although Wyoming is known as a mecca for trout, its waters teem with more than 22 species of game fish, including sunfish, crappie, yellow perch, whitefish, pike and sturgeon. Bass, walleye and catfish are plentiful in the state's reservoirs such as Boysen and Flaming Gorge (where, by the way, a state-record 50-pound lake trout was caught). Fisher folk in search of salmon can check out Boulder and Fremont lakes, and high-country lakes such as Bradley, Jackson and Lake Solitude offer excellent big-fish opportunities.
Fishing in Wyoming is truly a unique experience. In the unspoiled wilderness, you're likely to encounter more wildlife than other anglers, allowing you to find your own private fishing paradise.