Best Fishing In Oregon – 10 Best Spots To Fish On The West Coast!

Oregon is an amazing spot for fly-fishers and ice fishers alike! A awesome destination for your next angling experience and home to some of the best waterways in the United States of America. This pacific northwest is one of the most diverse states in the USA from both a geographical and fishing perspective!  Lakes, streams, and rivers are abundant in Oregon and offer many unique and fun fishing options.

The best time for ice fishing in this iconic US state is in January / February when winter is in full force and  ice thickness on most lakes surpasses 10 inches.  If you prefer fishing in warmth and sunshine then spring through fall also offer tons of options for the avid angler. 

In this article, we will tell you why Oregon is a fantastic choice for your next fishing trip, and try to give you some great locations to visit where your experience will be enjoyable and the fish plentiful!  Oregon has such an amazing diversity of lakes, culture, and fishing spots that it is almost impossible to not enjoy your trip here.

Picture of man fishing in Missouri

Since Oregon has such a wide range of natural features, you can Hunt, Fish, and try to catch SHellfish all in one state!  You can either get these licenses individually or bundle them together to save money based on what you will be going for!

You can only have one rod / line by law, unless you purchase a license to use a second one, and fishers under 12 are exempt from this bylaw.

There are also various limitations on how many fish and shellfish you can catch which can be found on the Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations website.

1. Diamond Lake

Bighorn Lake Wyoming
Bighorn Lake Wyoming

Diamond  lake has a very diverse set of aquatic inhabitants and it’s forest views are a feast for the eyes.  The lake is stocked with Rainbow trout and they feast all summer long on the diverse insect population found around the lake. 

The Diamond lake located near the center of the state, and is named after John Diamond who first hiked the mountain and saw the lake below him.  The peak on top of the mountain is also named after him (Diamond Peak)

Diamond Lake Fishing Tips

  • January to February are best (no big revelation here) for ice fishing in order to allow the ice to thicken
  • Late April to May after the winter snow has melted and run off is the best time to catch Rainbow Trout
  • An Attractor or a moving boat will help attract fish, using a little bit of bait will help even more!

Types of Fish in Diamond Lake

Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Striped Bass, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout

2. John Day River

Flaming Gorge Wyoming
Flaming Gorge Wyoming

The John Day River is surrounded by scenic mountains and forests as it traverses through Strawberry and Blue Mountains. The John Day river is the second longest free flowing river in the continental United States.  It is also a unique river in that it is also protected by two acts, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the Oregon Scenic Waterways Act – meaning its natural beauty and charm will be forever preserved.

This great river is host to one of the few remaining wild fish runs in the North West USA, where Steelhead and Chinook Salmon come back to spawn and create the next generation of fish.

John Day River Fishing Tips

  • Fishing is allowed all year round in the John Day River, try to go when there is light or no rainfall to ensure the water conditions are best 
  • One of only three undammed rivers in the entire United States of America, flows can be all over the place so don’t over think when to go other than avoiding massive rainfall days
  • Surface flies should allow to to have some serious success with the Smallmouth Bass as they are abundant in the river

Types of Fish in John Day River

Chinook Salmon, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Red Band Trout

3. McKenzie River

Glendo Reservoir Wyoming
Glendo Reservoir Wyoming

A magnificent tributary of the Willamette River in western Oregon is the McKenzie River which becomes part of Eugene and flows to the west in the Willamette Valley. There are many cities near the embankment of McKenzie River throughout its course, some of which are Springfield, Eugene, Albany, Redmond and many more.

McKenzie river has a beautiful waterfall trail to see many unique waterfalls, has naturally fed hot spring pools, and the area is 96 percent forested land so you know you will be surrounded by nature in all its glory.

Fly fishing as with many rivers is the most popular fishing activity, and you may even see some white water rafters cruising down the river past you!

McKenzie River Fishing Tips

  • Usually, the environment for most of the year in the areas of McKenzie River is characterized by dry, cold air flowing towards the south from the high arctic in winter. But during summer months this spell of dry cold air is broken down periodically with warm air conditions coming from the pacific. 
  • This humongous river encompasses an area of 1300 sq. ft. and gives off many tributaries in the form of streams and lakes, so you will have ample opportunities to find your own little fishing paradise!

Types of Fish in McKenzie River

There are many natural fish in this river available for anglers, and over the years new fish have also been introduced to the system.  Here are some of the most common fish you will find: Wild Trout, Hatchery trout, Spring Chinook, Sturgeon, Sculpin, Whitefish, Lamprey, Summer Steelhead

4. Deschutes River

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

The Deschutes River is a major tributary of the Columbia river and supplies most of the drier southern areas of Oregon. It is located in central Oregon, descending from mountains. The major source of this river is the little Lava lake. The closest cities to this river are Redmond, Sunriver, and Bend, all of which have distinct cultural sites to visit.

Yellowstone National Park Fishing Tips

  • Rivers will be your best bet for fly fishing.  The rivers are naturally insect rich so whether you are new to fly fishing or a seasoned veteran the odds are in your favor!
  • You can fish unlimited non-native species of fish from Yellowstone, as the park works to un-do damage done by previous fish stocking operations
  • Crank Baits are the most often used fishing technique in Yellowstone National Park
  • You can purchase either a Yearly, Week long, or Three day weekend pass for your fishing trip

Types of Fish in Yellowstone National Park

This is by no means an all inclusive list, but these are a few of the more abundant fish you will find in the park – Brook trout, Brown Trout, lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Chub

5. Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole Wyoming
Jackson Hole Wyoming

Mood for fishing in the shadow of several world class mountains? Jackson’s Hole, as called by mountain men, is the answer. It is a valley situated between the Teton Mountain Range and the Gros Ventre Range in Wyoming. It is home to glacier fed rivers and streams, covering an area of 55 miles Jackson hole has become a very popular tourist attraction anglers, hikers, and winter sports lovers! 

As far as the weather conditions of Jackson Hole are concerned, Winters are cold and snowy. It is an amazing ski destination, with the Jackson Hole mountain resort, Snow King mountain resort, and Grand Targhee resort all within a short drive of each other.  It is usually because of the mountain region that allows cold breezes. The mercury level gets as low as 5°F in January. Summers are generally warm and mild with average temperature measured to be around 80°F in July. 

Because of the mountain ranges and longer winters, Ice fishing is a very popular activity in the Jackson hole area. It is also known as a hotspot for ice fishing and a fishing paradise for anglers. Anglers love fishing here because of the extreme winters that offer ice fishing with all types of trout. 

Jackson Hole Fishing Tips

  • Lake Taneycomo is known around the globe for its Trout. Rainbow and Brown Trout can be caught on spinning tackle and micro jigs. These jigs range from 1/100 to 1/8 ounce in weight.
  • Ice fishing starts in mid January as the lakes being to freeze over and become safe to travel on
  • Fly fishing is best attempted in mid March to April before the spring runoff hits, and if you miss that window then head down after June when the runoff slows down and the rivers are crystal clear

Types of Fish in Jackson Hole

Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

6. Grant Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park

Next on our list is another famous American National Park- Grand Teton National Park. Situated in northwestern Wyoming, this park offers a massive variety of different flora and fauna. Located a mere 10 miles south of Yellowstone National Park, don’t forego a trip here thinking it’s not worth it after visiting Yellowstone!. Grand Teton has made it to the bucket list of tourists for camping, hiking, fishing, recreation and mountaineering for good reason! 

Before you book your trip to Grand Teton, make sure you have an idea of the weather conditions there. Summers are warm and pleasant. July is the hottest month of the year with the temperature reaching around 80°F. Winters are cold and chilly due to the parks elevation and the wind that can rip off the mountain tops. January is said to be the coldest month of the year where mercury gets to as low as 14°F. For our money Mid May to late September are the best times of the year for fishing and other activities.

Fly and Ice fishing both are famous here. Grand Teton has many different lakes, some of the most popular being Jenny Lake, Jackson Lake, and Phelps Lake where anglers from worldwide flock to for trout fishing.

Grand Teton Fishing Tips

  • Fishing in Grand Teton National Park offers an all-round fishing year, making this location feast for the sore eyes. 
  • If we take the fishing techniques under consideration, artificial flies and lures are mostly used by anglers.
  • You can fish, catch, and take home a decent amount of fish – 6 trout per day in lakes and 3 trout per day in streams!
  • In Rivers and Streams you can only use artificial flies and lures – No live bait!
  • On Lakes in general you can use a few different types of dead, non-game fish as bait, check out the Grand Teton website for all the details! 

Types of Fish in Grand Teton National Park

Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Arctic Grayling, Cutthroat Trout, Brown Trout

7. Firehole River

FIrehole River Wyoming

Getting its primary inflows from Madison River, Firehole River is another great fishing option in northwestern Wyoming. This river shares its connection with the Missouri River System. National Park Service has allotted this lake for fly fishing, and spring is the best time of the year to visit here. 

As far as the water in the Firehole River is concerned, the temperature can get and stay as high as 30 degrees, creating a unique ecosystem.  This is due to geothermal features from Yellowstone that feed the river.  The warm waters create many diverse insect hatcheries, which is why fly fishing is so popular as insects are abundant in the river! 

Fly Fishing is performed in the Firehole River more than any other type of fishing. Anglers love coming here in May to fish their favourites.

Firehole River Fishing Tips

  • For Firehole River (as with many fishing locations) the best time to fish is Spring and Fall. You can pack relatively light and have a great fishing adventure!
  • Crank Baits and Spinners are the best methods to lure fish in. Most Anglers suggest that it is better to fish from the shore 
  • Near the bottom of Firehole river, it disappears into a canyon that can offer some truly unique and beautiful fishing opportunities at the bottom!
  • Rainbow and Brown trout are catch and release only!  Up to five brook trout can be harvested per day
  • During summertime fishing may be shut down due to high water temperatures

Types of Fish in Firehole River

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout

Cities To Stay In During Your Wyoming Fishing Trip

Casper, Wyoming

Located in the county of Natrona and the second-largest city in Wyoming, Casper Oregon is sometimes called the “The Oil City” due to the oil reserves it sits upon. It is situated in east-central Wyoming and the north end of North Platte River. Casper has many fantastic fishing spots, golf courses, baseball diamond, and hosts many concerts throughout the year. 

Ice fishermen congregate in Casper in the winter to head to the various lakes that surround the city.  Hotels are abundant in the town and you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a room.

Pinedale, Wyoming

Pinedale Oregon is a western town very famous among adventurous travellers. It is about 61 miles south of Jackson Hole and offers all types of recreational and fun activities. Pinedale is literally at the foot of all the amazing National Parks in Wyoming such as Shoshone, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone, making it the perfect gateway to your adventures!

Wrapping up the Best Fishing in Wyoming

We hope our article will help you narrow down where to head in Wyoming for your next trip.  It is a huge state and home to some of the most amazing national parks in the United States.  Whether you are fly fishing in June on a unique river that is piping hot from natural geysers, or ice fishing on top of a mountain lake in January, there is something in Wyoming for everyone!  Let us know below if you have a specific fishing spot in Wyoming you’d like us to add to the list!

Best Fishing In Wyoming – 10 Top Spots To Cast A Line!

Looking to take a well deserved break from work and get out to some amazing fishing spots in the American West?  You’ve come to the right place! Wyoming might not be in some peoples top fishing destinations, but our list will prove to you the this landlocked state does indeed have some unreal fishing destinations

Being the 10th largest state and located in the mountainous region of western United States, Wyoming has a variety of mountain fed rivers and lakes that are home to more than 22 different fish species. 

Time of year is an important factor you should consider when planning your Wyoming fishing trip. In the summers, early mornings are the best time to fish, whereas, in spring and Fall, it is preferred to go around dusk. However, If you are looking to just get out and enjoy the outdoors, then in our opinion any time spent on the lake is a perfect time to  fish!

If you prefer lake and river fishing to the wide open ocean, you are in luck.  Wyoming is obviously land locked, but its proximity to the Rocky Mountains help supply it with some of the best rivers and lakes mother nature has to offer!  Read on to start planning your next great fishing adventure!

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In order to legally fish in Wyoming, there are a few things to consider.  For residents, anyone over the age of 14 requires a fishing license, which can be purchased for a day ($6 as of the time of writing) or for the year ($27 as of the time of writing).  As you can see an annual license is quite cheap, and if you are under 14 you do not need one at all!

For non residents, you must also purchase a fishing license and the fees are higher than for residents.  Non resident youth may fish for free as long as they are with a permit holder.

Free Lifetime Licenses are also available if you are a resident or honorably discharged veteran over the age of 65 and have lived in Wyoming for at least 30 years before your license application!

1. Bighorn Lake

Bighorn Lake Wyoming
Bighorn Lake Wyoming

Located in Carbon counties in the south of Montana and north of Wyoming, Bighorn Lake is 40 miles south of Billings. It is situated behind Yellowtail Dam and covers an area of 72 miles. It is an eye-catching lake abundant with various fish species that attracts the attention of tourists and anglers from all over the country. 

Bighorn Lake has relatively mild summer conditions and you shouldn’t worry about overheating.  February is the coldest month of the year with the temperature getting as low as 0°F and July is the hottest month in which the temperature reaches new mercury levels to 88°F. This lake receives about 6-10 inches of rainfall annually. 

Ice ad Fly fishing are both popular here as the fish species find their way onto the surface of the water throughout the year. Anglers that fish the lake are especially fond of that many different species of trout that reside in the lake.

Bighorn Lake Fishing Tips

  • Fishing is offered in Bighorn Lake throughout the year. However, if you are a fly fisher then August is your best bet
  • During the warmer months, scorpions and rattlesnakes can find their way to the shore; so please take proper precautions.
  • When Baitcasting it is ideal to use a lighter rig equipped with crankbaits, spinners, minnows or artificial baits.

Types of Fish in Bighorn Lake

Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Channel Cat, Ling, Yellow perch, Black Crappie

2. Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Flaming Gorge Wyoming
Flaming Gorge Wyoming

Flaming Gorge Reservoir is the largest reservoir in Wyoming and thanks to its size and variety of locations, it is a go to for fishers in the area. The Green River is the primary inflows of this reservoir. Located in northeastern Utah and southwest Wyoming, Flaming Gorge Reservoir offers the full spectrum of activities on top of fishing and boating such as hiking, camping, backpacking and even cross country skiing in the winter! 

For Flaming Gorge, the hottest month is typically July where the temperature becomes as high as 85°F. The coldest month is January, where the mercury can drop as low as 22°F. There is snowfall during winter months and the chilly temps mean the snow sticks around so make sure to brush up on your snowball throwing technique! 

Because of the hot and cold extremes the Gorge can reach, both ice fishing and fly fishing take place on the lake throughout the year. Most anglers suggest that fly fishing is more renowned here. The reservoir is fills up with people during summer months for fishing and boating. 

Flaming Gorge Reservoir Fishing Tips

  • If you are a Trout lover, we advise that you make your trip to the Gorge in the summer months. By May and Early June, you will find abundant trout in the lake 
  • Flaming Gorge Reservoir will allow you to test a number of different techniques for your fishing trip including Long lining, Down Rigging, Vertical jigging and more!

Types of Fish in Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Burbot, Lake Trout, Curbow, Brown Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout

3. Glendo Reservoir

Glendo Reservoir Wyoming
Glendo Reservoir Wyoming

Located in the massive and beautiful Glendo State Park, the Glendo Reservoir is located on the North Platte River in Converse and Platte County. A power producing reservoir, Glendo is an amazing location for camping, fishing, and outdoor activities of all types!

Glendo has your typical Wyoming weather, with a warm but not too warm summer and a winter where the temperature dips below freezing.  Mid spring will be the earliest you will want to get out on the lake and can fish well into the fall!   Glendo averages rainfall of 15 inches annually, whereas snowfall is 52 inches on average. This means during the warmer months the odds are definitely in your favor that you will be staying dry (As long as you don’t fall in!)

Ice fishing is super popular at Glendo, and for good reason. Yellow perch and Walleye are a few of the main targets for ice fishing. Keep in mind in recent years Glendo’s ice thickness in January has been around 5-8 inches.  While this is a decent sheet, you need 12″ or more to safely bring a truck onto the ice, so make sure to do a quick google of the conditions before you bring all your gear out!  Fly fishing is popular but not as much so as Ice fishing. 

As you can see Glendo is a fantastic spot to set up for a few days of Angling, whether it be in the summer or winter.  The size of the reservoir means you likely will have a little nook or area to yourself and won’t have to be shoulder to shoulder with other fishers!

Glendo Reservoir Fishing Tips

  • If you have your vacation line up anywhere in March to May, Glendo Reservoir will be a fantastic place to visit.  The weather is great and the crowds aren’t overwhelming!
  • As far as the fishing techniques are concerned, Lindy rigs and bottom bouncers are mostly used by anglers. Crankbaits are less common but also used from time to time.

Types of Fish in Glendo Reservoir

Walleye, White Crappie, Channel Catfish, Yellow perch, Black Crappie, Panfish

4. Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park, the American icon, is known worldwide for its amazing natural beauty and of course the natural geysers. What many don’t know however, is that there are fantastic fishing opportunities in the park!  Located in the western United States with parts in Idaho and Montana, Yellowstone covers an area of almost 3500  square miles. Tourists from all over the world venture to the park to partake in boating, fishing, hiking, sightseeing and camping. 

Yellowstone National Park really shines during its beautiful summer season. The weather is pleasant and allows for hiking, picnicking, and viewing wildlife. The park is visited by travellers and anglers from all over the world, especially in July and August. July is the warmest month of the year with the temperature reaching to above 72°F. The temperatures are a bit lower than most of Wyoming due to Yellowstone’s elevation.  Being at such a high elevation Yellowstone’s weather can get nasty in the winter with temperatures getting as low as 5°F and the park seeing 20-30 feet of snow! 

Fly fishing is by far the most popular fishing style in Yellowstone National Park. Seven different fish species can be caught in the various lakes and rivers that dot the park. 

Yellowstone National Park Fishing Tips

  • Rivers will be your best bet for fly fishing.  The rivers are naturally insect rich so whether you are new to fly fishing or a seasoned veteran the odds are in your favor!
  • You can fish unlimited non-native species of fish from Yellowstone, as the park works to un-do damage done by previous fish stocking operations
  • Crank Baits are the most often used fishing technique in Yellowstone National Park
  • You can purchase either a Yearly, Week long, or Three day weekend pass for your fishing trip

Types of Fish in Yellowstone National Park

This is by no means an all inclusive list, but these are a few of the more abundant fish you will find in the park – Brook trout, Brown Trout, lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Lake Chub

5. Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole Wyoming
Jackson Hole Wyoming

Mood for fishing in the shadow of several world class mountains? Jackson’s Hole, as called by mountain men, is the answer. It is a valley situated between the Teton Mountain Range and the Gros Ventre Range in Wyoming. It is home to glacier fed rivers and streams, covering an area of 55 miles Jackson hole has become a very popular tourist attraction anglers, hikers, and winter sports lovers! 

As far as the weather conditions of Jackson Hole are concerned, Winters are cold and snowy. It is an amazing ski destination, with the Jackson Hole mountain resort, Snow King mountain resort, and Grand Targhee resort all within a short drive of each other.  It is usually because of the mountain region that allows cold breezes. The mercury level gets as low as 5°F in January. Summers are generally warm and mild with average temperature measured to be around 80°F in July. 

Because of the mountain ranges and longer winters, Ice fishing is a very popular activity in the Jackson hole area. It is also known as a hotspot for ice fishing and a fishing paradise for anglers. Anglers love fishing here because of the extreme winters that offer ice fishing with all types of trout. 

Jackson Hole Fishing Tips

  • Lake Taneycomo is known around the globe for its Trout. Rainbow and Brown Trout can be caught on spinning tackle and micro jigs. These jigs range from 1/100 to 1/8 ounce in weight.
  • Ice fishing starts in mid January as the lakes being to freeze over and become safe to travel on
  • Fly fishing is best attempted in mid March to April before the spring runoff hits, and if you miss that window then head down after June when the runoff slows down and the rivers are crystal clear

Types of Fish in Jackson Hole

Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout

6. Grant Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park

Next on our list is another famous American National Park- Grand Teton National Park. Situated in northwestern Wyoming, this park offers a massive variety of different flora and fauna. Located a mere 10 miles south of Yellowstone National Park, don’t forego a trip here thinking it’s not worth it after visiting Yellowstone!. Grand Teton has made it to the bucket list of tourists for camping, hiking, fishing, recreation and mountaineering for good reason! 

Before you book your trip to Grand Teton, make sure you have an idea of the weather conditions there. Summers are warm and pleasant. July is the hottest month of the year with the temperature reaching around 80°F. Winters are cold and chilly due to the parks elevation and the wind that can rip off the mountain tops. January is said to be the coldest month of the year where mercury gets to as low as 14°F. For our money Mid May to late September are the best times of the year for fishing and other activities.

Fly and Ice fishing both are famous here. Grand Teton has many different lakes, some of the most popular being Jenny Lake, Jackson Lake, and Phelps Lake where anglers from worldwide flock to for trout fishing.

Grand Teton Fishing Tips

  • Fishing in Grand Teton National Park offers an all-round fishing year, making this location feast for the sore eyes. 
  • If we take the fishing techniques under consideration, artificial flies and lures are mostly used by anglers.
  • You can fish, catch, and take home a decent amount of fish – 6 trout per day in lakes and 3 trout per day in streams!
  • In Rivers and Streams you can only use artificial flies and lures – No live bait!
  • On Lakes in general you can use a few different types of dead, non-game fish as bait, check out the Grand Teton website for all the details! 

Types of Fish in Grand Teton National Park

Rainbow Trout, Mountain Whitefish, Arctic Grayling, Cutthroat Trout, Brown Trout

7. Firehole River

FIrehole River Wyoming

Getting its primary inflows from Madison River, Firehole River is another great fishing option in northwestern Wyoming. This river shares its connection with the Missouri River System. National Park Service has allotted this lake for fly fishing, and spring is the best time of the year to visit here. 

As far as the water in the Firehole River is concerned, the temperature can get and stay as high as 30 degrees, creating a unique ecosystem.  This is due to geothermal features from Yellowstone that feed the river.  The warm waters create many diverse insect hatcheries, which is why fly fishing is so popular as insects are abundant in the river! 

Fly Fishing is performed in the Firehole River more than any other type of fishing. Anglers love coming here in May to fish their favourites.

Firehole River Fishing Tips

  • For Firehole River (as with many fishing locations) the best time to fish is Spring and Fall. You can pack relatively light and have a great fishing adventure!
  • Crank Baits and Spinners are the best methods to lure fish in. Most Anglers suggest that it is better to fish from the shore 
  • Near the bottom of Firehole river, it disappears into a canyon that can offer some truly unique and beautiful fishing opportunities at the bottom!
  • Rainbow and Brown trout are catch and release only!  Up to five brook trout can be harvested per day
  • During summertime fishing may be shut down due to high water temperatures

Types of Fish in Firehole River

Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout

Cities To Stay In During Your Wyoming Fishing Trip

Casper, Wyoming

Located in the county of Natrona and the second-largest city in Wyoming, Casper Oregon is sometimes called the “The Oil City” due to the oil reserves it sits upon. It is situated in east-central Wyoming and the north end of North Platte River. Casper has many fantastic fishing spots, golf courses, baseball diamond, and hosts many concerts throughout the year. 

Ice fishermen congregate in Casper in the winter to head to the various lakes that surround the city.  Hotels are abundant in the town and you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a room.

Pinedale, Wyoming

Pinedale Oregon is a western town very famous among adventurous travellers. It is about 61 miles south of Jackson Hole and offers all types of recreational and fun activities. Pinedale is literally at the foot of all the amazing National Parks in Wyoming such as Shoshone, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone, making it the perfect gateway to your adventures!

Wrapping up the Best Fishing in Wyoming

We hope our article will help you narrow down where to head in Wyoming for your next trip.  It is a huge state and home to some of the most amazing national parks in the United States.  Whether you are fly fishing in June on a unique river that is piping hot from natural geysers, or ice fishing on top of a mountain lake in January, there is something in Wyoming for everyone!  Let us know below if you have a specific fishing spot in Wyoming you’d like us to add to the list!

Best Fishing In Missouri – 10 Spots You Can’t Miss

If you’re looking for a relaxing sport that lets you take in nature away from the city or people, fishing is your best option! Missouri is a state that has made its way on to the bucket list of anglers across the United States for its endless rivers and lakes teeming with fish! The best thing about the lakes and rivers in Missouri is most are accessible by boat but all of them have endless shoreline to fish or cast from land.

One of the best things about fishing in Missouri is the huge variety of fish you can catch from large and smallmouth bass, Trout, flahead catfish, bluegill, Walleye, Crappie and tons more! It offers a variety of options for beginner fisherman to expert anglers, and the dense wooded forests give you the feeling of pure isolation! We’ve broken down the details on all the best rivers and lakes to fish in Missouri, and also the best cities to stay in to launch your fishing campaign from!

If you want to know some of the best places to fish in Missouri, then read our guide below!

Picture of man fishing in Missouri

In order to legally fish in Missouri, everyone under the age of 65 will require a fishing license, including youth! These can be anything from daily passes or even lifetime if you’re a resident or fish in Missouri frequently.

Image of Lake of the Ozarks
Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Lake of the Ozarks is a massive lake located in the central port of Missouri which has an endless amount of shoreline to fish from. The primary rivers that flow to the Lake of the Ozarks are the Niangua river, Osage River and Grandglaize Creek. The lake shares its boundaries with Benton, Camden, Miller and Morgan Counties in Missouri.

June is considered to be the best fishing month for the Lake of the Ozarks and anglers love fishing here because of the wide variety of Bass and excellent fishing amenities. Ice and fly fishing are also hugely popular at the Lake of the Ozarks. This is truly a must visit spot when fishing in Missouri and it takes our vote for number one place to fish!

Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Tips

  • The big fish in the summers have been caught on spinnerbaits. Talking about worms and jigs in winter and spring, they are caught on the Alabama rig and creature baits.
  • Crank Bait is considered to be the best technique for locating and catching fish in this particular lake.

Types of Fish in Lake of the Ozarks

Spoonbil, Gizzard Shad, Flathead Catfish, White Crappie, Walleye, Bluegill, Largemouth Bass

2. Table Rock Lake

image of table rock lake fishing

Situated in Northwestern Arkansas and Southwestern Missouri, Table Rock Lake is a popular destination among anglers from all over the world. The three primary rivers that flow into this reservoir are the White River, James River, and Kings River. 

If you’re planning to fish in Missouri, this stunning lake definitely has to be taken into consideration! Table Rock Lake has made it to the list of tourists as well as anglers for its extraordinary fishing, swimming, hiking, scuba dive, picnic area, amphitheater, and biking.

Late May and early June have been reviewed to be the best months for fishing. Serious fisherman love it here because of the location of the calmness of Table Rock Lake and abundant species of fish found even in the shallowest regions of the lake. 

Table Rock Lake Fishing Tips

  • March and May are reviewed to be the best months for the catching and of three types of Bass (Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass). Spinnerbaits and plastic worms are the two popular fishing techniques for Table Rock Lake.

Types of Fish in Grand Lake

Green sunfish, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Bluegill, White Bass, Longear sunfish, Flathead Catfish, Spotted Bass

3. Truman Lake

image of Truman Lake Fishing

Truman lake is a key Missouri fishing location for its easy boat accessibility and stunning views on the lake! Truman Lake gets its primary inflow from the Osage River. Located between Clinton and Warsaw, Truman extends itself to the south of Osceola.

Summer and Winter both seasons offer excellent fishing conditions in Truman Lake, making it one of the most visited lakes by anglers in Missouri as well as tourists.

Ice, as well as Fly fishing, are both done in huge popularity on this lake. Its perfect for families as there are tons of activities to do while you’re on the water landing Crappies!

Truman Lake Fishing Tips

  • Fall is said to be the time of transition where fish start moving from summer to winter patterns. You can have Crappie in the open water of Truman Lake.
  • CrankBaits are the most popular fishing lure and have found great success especially if you’re fishing for Bass

Types of Fish in Truman Lake

Walleye, Striped Bass, White Bass, Channel Catfish, Crappie, Black Bass

4. Smithville Lake

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Let’s find out about another lake in Missouri called Smithville Lake, located on the Little Platte branch in Clay county. It covers an area of 5000 acres and offers plenty of opportunities for some of the best fishing in Missouri. This lake is a tourist attraction for people all around America for its beautiful scenery and landscape and not to forget, great fishing quality.

In Smithville lake, summers are mostly hot and can be unpleasantly humid. The winters are cold, dry, and windy but offer up the perfect chance for ice fishing. From May to September, anglers flock to Smithville Lake to satisfy their fishing itch. These are considered to be the best fishing months at this Lake, with February coming in as the top winter month for ice fishing!

Fly fishing in Missouri wouldn’t be quite complete without wading in for a few casts in the shallower parts of Smithville Lake. There are some great opportunities to catch White Bass in some areas along the shore, and Smithville Lake is a perfect spot for beginner fly fisherman!

Smithville Lake Fishing Tips

  • The use of shallow crankbaits works perfectly for fishing in Smithville Lake.
  • Summers are reviewed to be the best fishing months in this particular lake.

Types of Fish in Smithville Lake

Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Bluegill, White Bass, Tiger Muskellunge

5.Bennett Springs State Park

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Bennett Springs park covers an area of 3216 acres and has made its way onto the bucket list of tourists visiting Missouri and anglers from all over the United States. It not only provides facilities for fishing but also for swimming, hiking, and camping. This is one of the best recreational parks to bring the family for a day or weekend trip, and get some high quality fishing in!

Fly fishing is definitely the most popular thing to do at this lake, and with the huge variety of species it can be a challenge! It requires some thinking about lures to use and which fish you’re trying to land, but it’s an awesome experience!

Bennett Springs Fishing Tips

  • The use of game fish for bait is prohibited in Bennett Spring State Park; however, chumming is not forbidden.
  • Summer is reviewed to be the best fishing month in this particular area; hence, get your tickets accordingly.

Types of Fish in Bennett Springs

Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Black Bullhead, Redfin Shiner, Creek Chub, Ozark Minnow, Bluegill, Longear Sunfish

6. Lake Taneycomo

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It is a man-made reservoir just off the White River that snakes through the Ozark Mountains. Because of the cold water, Lake Taneycomo is considered to be the best trout fishing lake in all lakes in America, and definitely the best in Missouri. It offers not only fishing but also great amenities for boating, swimming, skiing, sunning, sightseeing, hunting, shopping, and several restaurants for all travelers. So, if you’re looking to get some epic fishing in Missouri with the family, this is definitely a can’t miss spot!

January and February are reviewed to be the best fishing months in this particular lake, mainly because of the prolific ice fishing but also the spectacular mountain views you get! This is one of the top lakes in Missouri for fishing trout, and fly fisherman will have a blast here.

Lake Taneycomo Fishing Tips

  • Lake Taneycomo is known around the globe for its Trout. Rainbow and Brown Trout can be caught on spinning tackle and micro jigs. These jigs range from 1/100 to 1/8 ounce in weight.
  • Winters are said to be the best time to fish in this particular lake.

Types of Fish in Lake Taneycomo

Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, German Trout, Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Brown Trout

7. Roubidoux Creek

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Situated in the Ozarks of south-central Missouri, Roubidoux Creek is a tributary to Gasconade River. It covers an area of 57.4 miles. Due to its cold water, it is one of the popular Trout fishing streams in Missouri! Fly fishing in Roubidoux Creek attracts visitors from all over to try their luck for some big game trout! 

One of the coolest things about Roubidoux Creek is that the water flows out of a submerged cave system which is super popular for diving!

This is a perfect creek to fish with young kids that are just learning as it flows quite slowly and access to a good spot on the shore is easy to find.

Rubidoux Creek Fishing Tips

  • Jugg fishing and gigging are two of the best fishing techniques practiced here throughout the year.
  • Late Winter and early Spring are officially known as the fishing seasons in this lake.

Types of Fish in Lake Taneycomo

Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Trout, Rock Bass

8. Current River

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Located in the southeastern portion of Ozarks, Current River is 184 miles long and ends in northeastern Arkansas where it becomes the tributary of Black River. Fishing current river is especially favorable in the summer, with a huge variety of fish to catch and tons of easily accessible shoreline!

May till June is said to be the best fishing months in Current River, but July and August offer up some of the best weather and solid fishing as well! 

Anglers love to fish Current River because of its teeming bass and trout populations, two extremely fun fish to catch. 

Current River Fishing Tips

  • Keeping in view the type of fish in Current River, Live Bait is responsible for catching fish here. Live bait includes nightcrawlers and leeches.
  • Late Spring and Early Summer are evaluated to be the best fishing seasons in this lake.

Types of Fish in Current River

Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Walleye, Trout

9. Eleven Point River

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Located in the northern Arkansas and the south part of Missouri, Eleven Point River gets its primary inflow from Willow Springs. It is 138 miles in length and is popular among travelers of all sorts for some of the best fishing in Missouri. It offers excellent fishing opportunities to all the anglers out there with plentiful numbers for Bass and Walleye.

As the weather conditions are also crucial before planning a visit as Eleven Point River is hot and muggy in summers, and the winters are freezing here. The best times to fish are definitely in the summer, as the river also is a perfect spot for swimming after landing your limit

The shoreline access along Eleven Point river is ideal for fishing, with tons of locations so you won’t be shoulder to shoulder with other anglers. Its also a great spot for beginner fly fisherman, as the water is relatively calm and offers a great opportunity to hone your skills. 

Eleven Point River Fishing Tips

  • Live Baits are mostly used in Eleven Point River for exhibiting the perfect fishing adventure. Soft plastic lures, Hard lures, grasshoppers cheese are all utilized for chumming.
  • Starting from October till March, Eleven Point River offers great fishing months.

Types of Fish in Eleven Point River

Chain Pickerel, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Longear Sunfish

10. Roaring River State Park

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Roaring River State Park is a recreational park in Missouri situated about 8 miles south of Cassville in Barry County. Roaring River offers excellent trout fishing and competes with some of the other top rivers in Missouri for fishing on this list. It also offers great scenary for hiking, so if you want to take a detour you will surely find some spectacular views on your way to a secluded fishing spot on the Roaring River. 

The summer is the best time for fishing here, as the trout tend to bite aggressively and you’ll have a hard time keeping them off your hook! Fly fishing is the most popular way to fish here, with tons of calm pools and currents to navigate and land some trout!

Roaring River Fishing Tips

  • Live Baits are mostly used in Eleven Point River for exhibiting the perfect fishing adventure. Soft plastic lures, Hard lures, grasshoppers cheese are all utilized for chumming.
  • Starting from October till March, Eleven Point River offers great fishing months.

Types of Fish in Roaring River

Chain Pickerel, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Longear Sunfish

Wrapping up the Best Fishing in Missouri

If you’re looking to plan an unforgettable fishing trip with the family or a group of friends, Missouri is a hugely underrated state and offers some of the best lakes and rivers for fishing in the country. After reading this article, you shouldn’t wait any longer if you’re looking to catch a big brown trout or Smallmouth bass as your next meal. Missouri doesn’t disappoint when it comes to fishing, with an endless amount of stunning rivers and lakes to dip your hook into!

If you have any comments or thoughts on other locations that shout be included on this list, feel free to drop us a comment below!