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Lake: Hohnholz Lake #2

Hohnholz Question

Post By: Skow      Posted: 5/11/2016 11:12:34 AM     Points: 80    
It has been years and years since I have been fishing there and was wondering what the easiest way to get there is. Is it better to go up Highway 14 to Chambers and than north, or it is easier to go into laramie and drop down? Also how long does it take to drive there from Fort Collins. Thanks for any input.
 Reply by: gsn1574      Posted: 5/11/2016 11:21:57 AM     Points: 733    
Depends on the time of year. Laramie river road closes during the winter so you must go through Wyoming to get there. Then its really a question of what you want after that.

Pouder Canyon and Laramie river road is a beautiful ride where you can stop and fish or sight see along the way. Wyoming is...well...wind swept plains, but you can stop for gas and lunch in Laramie.

Takes about 2 hours either way.
 Reply by: Skow      Posted: 5/11/2016 12:01:47 PM     Points: 80    
Thanks for the info. Also can you camp there at the lake or are there campgrounds. We were trying to plan a camping trip for my sons troop and we kind of wanted something out of the way that not alot of people are likely to be at. The pack my son is in tends to get a little rowdy and loud at times (boys will be boys) and we didnt want to piss off a bunch of people. HAHA
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: 5/11/2016 12:31:46 PM     Points: 29427    
There is a campground close to the lake, called Honholtz Lake Campground. If you are looking to not be in a campground, you can venture south to National Forest and camp pretty much anywhere your heart desires.
 Reply by: Flyrodn      Posted: 5/11/2016 1:39:16 PM     Points: 184621    
I prefer the Wyoming route for speed. It's a bit quicker to my way of thinking, but agree the Poudre/Laramie river route is far more scenic.

 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: 5/11/2016 9:02:25 PM     Points: 399    
H2 and H3 are a hoot. I have been 3-4 times, personally have only been to H3.
I-25 to FoCo, 287 to Laramie and then west from Laramie to the turn off is only way to fly.
Highly recommend a 2-3 nite stay at Woods Landing in Jelm WY.
Very close to Hohnholz SWA and also hop skip away from Gelatt, Meober, Hattie lakes.
Last time we were there was 2013 for annual Pops Day gig in June.
Rivers are usually blown out this time of year so lakes-ponds are best bet.
Click this link for glimpse of sunset fly fishing June 15-2013.

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 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: 5/11/2016 9:06:53 PM     Points: 399    
Some still shots off that vid..
 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: 5/11/2016 9:37:19 PM     Points: 399    
Another quick vid from that trip.
Pops Day morning 6-16-13.
Kicked over to shore and hung out for a bit and then a damsel nymph bite started. dam fun!

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 Reply by: elkskinner      Posted: 5/11/2016 9:53:29 PM     Points: 355    
I have fished those Honholtz lakes on and off for 40 years.

Forget the scenic route. Too slow, too many curves, and you don't want to get behind some flatlander's Winnebago. Unless, you have unlimited time and want to eyeball the scenery. That gravel road in, off the Poudre, is not plowed during the winter, so you gotta be careful not to get back there too early in the spring. Sometimes, big drifts back there.

Go to Laramie, one hour, west to Woods Landing, 30 minutes, back south to the lakes, 30 minutes. 2 hours total.

You can NOT camp at the lake. Gotta go back to the spot where the river crosses the road you came in on. Maybe a mile, maybe a lil further. That camp ground is just a wide spot off the road. Primitive.

Lake #1 is now a dry hole. Occasionally fills up, but nothing in there. It's been a couple years since I was last there, so that might have changed. #2 is loaded with small stocker sized trout, easy to catch. Powerbait on a small treble hook is the ticket. Flies under a bubble. In the winter, great place to take kids or first-timers, cause the water is fairly clear and you can see lots and lots of trout under the hole.

I have fished #3 a few times. Predominantly brown trout. Flies and lures only. Kinda tempermental. You can fish it hard for days, get little or nothing, then, BAM!, it's a fish on every cast. Huh??

Suggestion: go in one way, come back home the other way.

Fun place to fish, especially if you have kids.

Dennis in Loveland
 Reply by: the fishing dj      Posted: 5/11/2016 10:44:28 PM     Points: 25870    
Laramie is definitely the faster route. Its about 2-2.5hrs depending on traffic and weather. The camp ground is right after you turn off of Laramie river road right by the river. As for the lakes, #1 has water, but is dead right now and not worth the effort. #2 has some better fish, but is overall smaller stocker fish. Bait is allowed there. #3 is my favorite lake, and is similar to North Delaney. Very finicky, lots of browns, and some huge bows and cutties. I don't know if your fly fishing it or spin fishing it, but crayfish patterns stripped slowly along the bottom and chironomids, leeches, and damsels under an indicator all all ways that should get you into fish.
 Reply by: ADub TT      Posted: 5/12/2016 10:37:28 PM     Points: 399    
You drive by H2 to get to H3. I have not yet fished H2 and have not yet been skunked at H3. Miss the area and need to get back.
Def a heads up too-- if there is excessive rain,snow,sleet and or hail, the dirt road thru the ranch turns into the slickest nastiest mud around and if you are not paying attention, you will slide off the road and be hoofing it to have the local John Deere yank you out. "City folk just don't get it?!😀"