Regional Reports-West

Lake Hattie

Lake Hattie is a traditional late-spring favorite among southeastern Wyoming anglers, and for good reason-the fertile still water produces lots of rainbow, brown and lake trout (mackinaw) between 14 and 18 inches, plus good numbers of hogs exceeding five pounds. During May, bank-, boat- and float-tube anglers find accessible fish close to shore foraging on leeches, yellow perch and mayfly and damselfly nymphs. Flyfishers catch good numbers of trout on egg-sucking leeches and rabbit-strip leeches, Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ears and silver or gold Zonkers. Spin-fishers take trout on a variety of spoons and spinners, including Dardevles, orange and yellow Rapalas and Rooster Tails, plus 1/8-ounce and 1/4-ounce leadhead marabou jigs. Powerbait also draws strikes. Hattie's largest trout are mostly browns and mackinaw, and they can exceed the 10-pound mark. They are usually taken during low-light conditions (including nighttime), when they move into the shallows to chase forage fish. Hattie, about 15 miles west of Laramie, has a limit of six trout a day, only one over 20 inches. The use of live baitfish is not allowed. Contact: Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Laramie region office (800-843-235; 307-745-4046).