LANDER - Despite the recent fire activity, Shoshone Lake access is open and fishing should be good. Shoshone Lake has high numbers of large brook trout as indicated in gill netting surveys conducted by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in July.
Most brook trout were in the 12- to 14-inch range, but fish over 16 inches and almost 2 pounds were captured. The Shoshone Lake brook trout population follows a cyclic pattern fluctuating between a 5- to 7- year period of high numbers of smaller fish (10- to 12 inches) followed by a 3- to 5- year period with fewer but larger fish (14 to 17 inches). The trout are now in the beginning of this latter cycle and fishing should be fun, but only available for about another month.
The fishing on Shoshone Lake and Shoshone Creek is only open from June 15 to August 31 each year. This is to allow brook trout to spawn without disturbance in the fall, and so roads can dry out for suitable travel in the spring. Also be advised that a special creel limit of six brook trout per day or in possession exists for these areas.
Shoshone Lake is most easily accessed by ATV or jeep, and is recommended for experienced drivers only. To get there, take the Shoshone Lake Road west of Lander to BLM Road 2202, then to Forest Service Road 350. A parking area is located along BLM Road 2202 to unload trailered ATVs and jeeps.