Bighorn River Fishing Report: Cast & Blast-We had a great day waterfowl hunting and fly fishing on the Bighorn River yesterday! The warmer weather (38 degrees) and sunshine were fully welcomed! The Bighorn River flows are at 1254 CFS and Boysen Reservoir is slowly emptying for spring run-off. The best time of the day for fishing the river right now is from 10 am to 3 pm when temperatures are warmest. Standard winter tailwater flies are productive right now including: annelids, midges, and sow bugs. So far boat ramps are still accessible and there is little ice on the river despite the cold temperatures the last few weeks, but caution is still advised. There is a considerable amount of snow in Thermopolis right now, but the fishing is good if you don’t mind a little cold weather and ice on your fly rod guides.
Duck season is now closed on the Bighorn River in Thermopolis, Wyoming. We had a fun day yesterday finishing out the duck season with a few ducks and a goose. There were a lot of ducks and geese flying. It was a productive and beautiful day to hunt topped off with fishing. Nothing beats combining both hunting and fishing in one day and finding success in both! Duck hunting may be over, but there is still some time to concentrate on goose hunting until the end of the month. There seems to be plenty in the area.
Reminder to drift boat anglers: Please do not forget to purchase your 2018 AIS sticker and/or get your boat inspected if you are coming from out of state. To see more information please visit the Wyoming Game and Fish AIS Program. The Game & Fish have frequent check stations on and off the river, and the fine is steep. We want to keep our pristine waters free of aquatic invasive species.