Post By: not too old to fish Posted: 7/25/2017 9:45:50 AMPoints: 4046
The family will be in Thermopolis next week and I would like to take the grandsons fishing one day, the river is flowing very high so that wouldn't be a good option. We would be fishing from shore probably at Boysen Res and they don't really care what they catch, so any input would be appreciated.
The river is flowing good but not too fast. I wouldn't rule it out! HD trout or similar will work well for all the fish in the river. (same will work well in Boysen) 2-4 inch tube jigs either jigged or swimmer back are also working well. Carp have been hitting spoons being jigged for walleyes on drop offs.
Be careful about where you are. The Indian reservation is all around. If you fish the river in the canyon you must buy a reservation fishing pass.
Reply by: not too old to fish Posted: 7/25/2017 4:09:02 PM Points: 4046
Thanks for the info, I have been watching the river level and it's falling every day. Maybe next week it will be down enough to give it a try with the kids. My son and I will be fishing the canyon at least one day and maybe another if we have success. It's been over 20 years since I have fished the river so it will bring back some good memories. If I remember right the areas of the Reservation are from the tunnels to the Wedding of the Waters and you can get your licence at the Hardware store in Thermopolis.
Reply by: not too old to fish Posted: 8/7/2017 9:57:45 AM Points: 4046
We never fished the reservoir because the river had dropped and the fishing was pretty good using worms. The fish were hungry as they had a tough year fighting the high water and were a little on the thin side but they should fatten up pretty quickly with the lower water level. The walleye were easy to catch below the dam as the water receded and we also caught some trout mixed in. I also caught a 4+ pound largemouth bass below the dam as a bonus,he took a rattle trap. All in all a great trip, met lots of friendly people and it was nice to get out of the traffic jams around Denver.