Top Places for Bass Fishing in Wyoming

Top Places for Bass Fishing in Wyoming
Photo Courtesy of Steve Carpenteri

Major lakes in Wyoming that contain populations of bass include Bighorn Lake, Flaming Gorge Reservoir (where the state-record smallmouth was taken), Grayrocks Reservoir, Guernsey Reservoir and Keyhole Reservoir. You can also find bass in many ponds, rivers and smaller lakes in the southern portions of the state. Here are your best bets for bass fishing in Wyoming.



Flaming Gorge Reservoir


Flaming Gorge is a large reservoir bordering Wyoming and Utah. Ice covers Flaming Gorge until late April, but, as soon as the ice clears the water quickly reaches the 50-degree mark. Find water that is just a few degrees warmer or water that is discolored as a result of wind and wave action and you'll find some good fish.

Bighorn Lake

The Wyoming end of the lake has over 50 miles of accessible shore line including the Yellowtail Wildlife Unit. These shore lines are close to nearby roads so access is quick and easy.


Fish near available structure or drift-fish using live bait under a bobber or float. Let striking fish take the bait for a slow count of three, and then set the hook with a flourish. Boat-fishermen should be aware of currents and jutting rocks when fishing near shore.


Guernsey Reservoir

Guernsey Reservoir covers 2,400 acres in the east-central part of the state created by the construction of an earthen dam on the North Platte River.

Guernsey's bass are aggressive feeders, quick enough to chase down their favorite foods. The reservoir's bass are predatory by nature and at times will strike at anything that ventures into their domain. If it moves and they can get it into their large mouth, bass will attempt to eat it.

Bass in Wyoming are most easily caught during a feeding cycle, but can be enticed into striking for reasons other than hunger.

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