|Rivers and Lakes|
There are 4 principal rivers Eastgate Anglers uses for guided trips- the Shoshone River, including the North, South Fork, and lower Shoshone; The Bighorn river; the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone and the Greybull. Newton Lake and Luce Lake are utilized for still water fisheries. Each river or lake has specific characteristics and lends itself to certain types of fishing.
North Fork of the Shoshone-
A free stone stream originating from the east side of Yellowstone Park, the North Fork of the Shoshone is 50 miles of river with 7-8 major tributaries. In the spring the North Fork has a major spawning run of Cutthroat, Rainbows, and Cut-bows from the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. Fish average 15-16 inches in length, but catching 20 inch fish is not uncommon. Fishing is good on the North Fork from the second week of March till run off (usually the second week of May) and the second week of July till the end of September and the views on this river are incredible!
For pictures of the North Fork of the Shoshone click here.
South Fork of the Shoshone-
The South Fork Valley is exceptionally beautiful and offers an opportunity to catch Brown Trout, Rainbows, Cutthroats and Brook Trout. The majority of the lower 40 miles is private. The upper river was scoured by late season rains and runoff in 2008 but is back and fishing pretty well in 2014. We usually don't guide much on the South Fork but if you are a fit, adventurous angler, this can make for a memorable trip!
For pictures of the South Fork of the Shoshone click here.
The Lower Shoshone is back and fishing great. Average size fish is 13" to 16" with many fish in the 17" to 18" size. Cutthroat, rainbows, cuttbows and browns are the dominant species. There are even a few brookies in the mix as well as white fish. This is one of the most consistent streamer fisheries in the state in the fall. Early spring is DRY FLY HEAVEN right down town. An overlooked jewel of a river. The canyon section is very dependable for rainbows, cutthroat, and cuttbows year round.
For pictures of the Lower Shoshone click here.
The Greybull comes out of the Absaroka Mountains and runs through the "old west" town of Meeteetse, Wyoming. Dry fly fishing for Yellowstone Cutthroats is excellent on the Greybull. If you are interested in small stream fishing in a beautiful location this is the place.
The Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone is surrounded by Yellowstone Park on one side and the Bear Tooth Mountains on the other. It has a 15 miles of free stone stream broken with pocket water in the upper section. It then drops into a steep sided canyon with long gravel bars and deep pools. It leaves Clarks Fork Canyon and flows through the prairie to the Montana state line. The river is loaded with stone flies, mayflies, and caddis flies and offers Brown Trout, Cutthroats, Rainbows, White Fish and Grayling. The canyon section of the Clarks Fork is one of my favorite places to fish. You must be in good shape but the beauty of the canyon is well worth the effort!
For pictures of the Clarks Fork River click here.
Newton is one of the best trophy trout lakes in the country. The Browns, Rainbows, Brook Trout and Splake average 18" and larger. Some of the fish are up to 26 inches in length. Big fish on light tippet is the game here! Rainbows are now averaging 17" to 20" with a few larger fish. Lots of nice browns down deep these days!
West Newton has become a very decent cutthroat fishery. Fish range from 8" to 22".
To view fishing pictures from Newton Lake click here.
Luce Lake-and Hogan reservoir
Luce is a 125 acre lake at the mouth of Clarks Fork Canyon. It has Rainbow trout 14" to 17". It is surrounded by beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife. This lake resulted in locals coining the phrase, "beetle mania!"
Hogan reservoir is a put and take Yellowstone and Snake River Cutthroat fishery. These cutts are doing well and can exceed 20". Dry fly fishing can be excellent and these fish are some of the most beautiful, hard fighting cutts around!
To view fishing pictures from Luce Lake and Hogan reservoir click here.
These two 1000 acre reservoirs just west of Meeteetse are loaded with fish from 16" to 22". Most of the fish are Yellowstone cutthroats. These crystal clear lakes are fed from snow melt and produce some of the healthiest most beautiful cutts around. The scenery is as spectacular as the fishing. The fishing is just as good as Yellowstone Lake in the park used to be. Fishing from the banks can be very productive but float tubes and pontoon boats can give you an edge. Interestingly, not many people fly fish these lakes.
To view pictures of these lakes click here
Bighorn River in Wyoming-
The Bighorn river runs through the town of Thermopolis just below Boysen reservoir. The Wind River Canyon is on the Shoshone Indian reservation and requires a special permit. There is world class trophy trout fishing in the canyon for Big browns, rainbows and cutt bows, and cutthroats. Contact Darren Calhoun for guided trips in the canyon on the reservation at 307 864 9343. As it exits the canyon, the river becomes a dry fly fisherman's paradise. Rainbows, browns and a few cutthroat that average around 18". Fish to 22" are not uncommon. Midges, BWO's and Tricos are the name of the game. If you like dry fly fishing and are at the top of your game this river can satisfy even the most discriminating anglers.
To view pictures from the Bighorn River click here.
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