Best Fishing Spots: Rocky Mountain West

Colorado - Stagecoach Reservoir
One of America's most prolific northern pike reservoirs, Stagecoach near Steamboat Springs routinely serves up 40-plus-inch fish on jigs, swimming lures, and even flies (try a purple Pike Bunny). The bays and shallows along the southern and western shorelines are definitely worth hitting this month. You can also flyfish for trout in the relatively runoff-immune section of the Yampa River, just below the dam at its eastern edge. Staple patterns such as Copper Johns and Parachute Adams usually work. Steamboat Fly Fisher, 970-879-6552; www.steamboatflyfisher.com Guide's Tips
Species: Northern Pike
Guide: Keith Hale; Steamboat Fly Fisher; steamboatflyfisher.com; 970-879-6552
Rig Specifics: Winston 7- or 8-weight fly rod, Lamson fly reel, floating line, Barry Reynolds big bunny fur streamer (black color).
Quick Tip: Probably the most important thing is varying your retrieves. Sometimes pike like a fast strip and sometimes they like a slow one.
Where to Fish: Two big nameless bays on the southeast side of the lake, toward the boat ramp. Photos From Stagecoach Reservoir
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Colorado - Horsetooth Reservoir
Almost left for dead in recent drought years, Horsetooth Reservoir near Fort Collins has made a stunning comeback, and the smallmouth bass fishing may now be better than it ever was. The topwater bite peaks in early summer; work points with poppers and walking baits. It's an all-day occurrence, and landing 50 fish in eight hours (including some 3-pounders) is a realistic expectation. Anglers also try for yellow perch, walleyes, bluegills, and crappies. Chad LaChance, 970-231-0252; horsetoothfishing.com Guide's Tips
Species: Smallmouth Bass
Guide: Chad LaChance; fishfulthinker.com; 970-231-0252
Rig Specifics:St. Croix Legend 6-foot 8-inch baitcasting rod, spooled with 12-pound Berkley Trilene Sensation line on a Shimano Curado casting reel with Berkley Frenzy Popper bait in natural colors.
Quick Tip: For best results, fish topwater baits on the steep sides of the lake's secondary points. Get very close and, if possible, right on top of the steep sides.
Where to Fish: The secondary points on the west side of the lake. Photos From Horsetooth Reservoir
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Colorado - Colorado River
June is a risky month, when melting snow can transform many rivers into chocolate milk. But if you hit that window of opportunity as the water starts to clear, the upper sections of the Colorado explode with some of the best dry-fly fishing in the West. Check out the Kemp and Breeze units; if the Colorado is muddy, you can detour from there up the Williams Fork, a tailwater with epic caddisfly action. Cutthroat Anglers, 888-876-8818; fishcolorado.com Guide's Tips
Species: Trout
Guide: Courtney Wiedel; Cutthroat Anglers; fishcolorado.com; 970-262-2878
Rig Specifics: 9-foot flyrod with dry flies and nymphs.
Quick Tip: When nymphing, be sensitive to your strike indicator. You want your bottom fly to be about 6 to 8 feet deep.
Where to Fish: The upper end of the Colorado. Photo From Colorado River
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Kansas - Cedar Bluff Reservoir
Wipers-"a cross between white and striped bass-"are some of the toughest-fighting fish you can hook, and Cedar Bluff, in west-central Kansas, is a great place to fish for them. They'll hit a variety of things: Shad are live-bait options, but drop-shot rigs, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits work well, too. This impoundment also holds good numbers of smallmouth bass and an underrated population of large walleyes. Jeff's Guide Service, 785-726-4099; jeffsguide.com Guide's Tips
Species: Wipers (cross between white and striped bass)
Guide: Jeff Woodworth; Jeff's Guide Service; jeffsguide.com; 785-726-4099
Rig Specifics: Quantum Energy Baitcaster reel, All Star Heavy 7-foot 6-inch rod, 20-pound Berkley Trilene line, Rapala Skitter Pop lure (in their biggest size).
Quick Tip: Wipers tend to be a tad more skittish than striped bass, so the key is to be as stealthy as possible when trolling for them.
Where to Fish: Either side of Church Camp Cove, which is on the north side of the lake, about 3/4 mile west of Cedar Bluff Dam. Photos From Cedar Bluff Reservoir
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Kansas - Wilson Lake
Wilson is one of the clearest lakes in Kansas, and sight fishing is possible in June. The lake has the full range of usual suspects: channel and flathead catfish (use live baits like shad or crawfish), crappies (fish coves and submerged deadfalls with plastics), largemouths (toss crankbaits), and walleyes (drop spoons near the face of the dam). But the real action is for stripers, which can weigh 30 pounds or more here. Madd Jack Striper Guide Service, 785-658-3811; maddjackstriperguide.com Guide's Tips
Species: Striped Bass
Guide: Jack Hoskinson; Madd Jack Striper Guide Service; maddjackstriperguide.com; 785-658-3811
Rig Specifics: Shakespeare Ugly Stick rod, Ambassador reel, 20-pound-test line, 30-inch leader, barrel swivel, 1-ounce egg sinker, 6- to 8-inch shad.
Quick Tip: Use lively, fresh shad.
Where to Fish: The area by Lucus Park, where there is a bend in the river. Photos From Wilson Lake
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Kansas - Cheney Reservoir
Early-summer action at Cheney, some 20 miles west of Wichita, focuses on crappies, bluegills, flathead catfish, and channel catfish. The channel cats often exceed 5 pounds and are best caught from a boat. Try anchoring near creek mouths and in pockets of shallower water with deadfalls nearby. Another popular pastime now is throwing small flies at bluegills. Wipers, largemouths, and walleyes are also available. Four Lake Guides, 316-945-0511; kansasangler.com/fourlakeguides.html Guide's Tips
Species: White Perch
Guide Contact: Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks; 602-672-5911
Rig Specifics: A medium-sized rod and line using small jigs and curly tail grubs.
Quick Tip: White perch run upriver, so that's where the best action is.
Where to Fish: The upper end of the lake. Photos From Cheney Reservoir
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Montana - Big Hole River
Few anglers will dispute the fact that the Big Hole's salmonfly hatch is an extraordinary event in the angling world. Finicky river conditions can throw things out of whack, but if you hit it at the right time, you'll find yourself catching huge brown trout on 2-inch-long dry flies. Try the area where the Wise River dumps into the main river, but follow the hatch when it moves. A bonus is that golden stoneflies also hatch in June. Craig Fellin Outfitters and Big Hole Lodge, 406-832-3252; flyfishinglodge.com Guide's Tips
Species: Trout
Guide Contact: Craig Fellin; flyfishinglodge.com; 406-832-3252
Rig Specifics: 9-foot, 6-weight rod with double-tapered floating fly line. The salmon fly hatch is particularly good in the summer.
Quick Tip: Don't use too long of a leader. Put a good mend in the line to get a longer drift.
Where to Fish: Look for willows on the bank near fast water, as that's where the fish will be. Photos From Big Hole River
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Montana - Bighorn River
The Bighorn River below Yellowtail Dam in Fort Smith is buzzing with some of its best insect hatches: Baetis in late spring, pale morning duns in mid-July, then black caddis. If for some odd reason you get tired of chasing trophy rainbows and brown trout with dry flies, you can always go above the dam. There, Bighorn Lake is one of Montana's premier walleye waters, where local river guides often fish in the evenings. Bighorn River Fly Fisher, 866-658-7688; bighornriverflyfisher.com Guide's Tips
Species: Trout
Guide: Eric Anderson; bighornriverflyfisher.com; 866-658-7688
Rig Specifics: 9-foot, 5-weight rod with floating line using small dry flies.
Quick Tip: There are tons of big fish in the river. Look for the best action to be on the smooth stretches.
Where to Fish: The upper 13 miles of the river is the best fishing. Photo From Bighorn River
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Montana - Rock Creek
Also known for an epic June salmonfly hatch, scenic Rock Creek has extra appeal in early summer because its waters tend to clear quickly after bouts of runoff. Even if you find a mere 6 inches of visibility along the banks, the trout will be eating dry flies, particularly during the salmonfly hatch. The creek has 40 floatable miles and many public access points. The Kingfisher, 888-542-4911; kingfisherflyshop.com Guide's Tips
Species: Trout
Guide: Matt Potter; kingfisherflyshop.com; 888-542-4911
Rig Specifics: 9-foot flyrod with floating line using big salmonfly imitations if the hatch is on in June.
Quick Tip: Don't spend too much time fishing one spot. The average water depth is only 2 to 4 feet; if you float a fly down in front of you and nothing takes it, move on.
Where to Fish: Rock Creek Road provides great access, but get as far away from it as possible. Photos From Rock Creek
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Nebraska - Lake C.W. McConaughy
McConaughy is the largest lake in Nebraska, and it probably offers the best fishing in the state. This is especially true in June, when McConaughy attracts walleye anglers from all over the country. There are also white bass, wipers, and smallies. On the other side of Kingsley Dam (which created McConaughy from the North Platte River), Lake Ogallala has some excellent tailwater trout fishing. Big Mac Guide Service, 308-284-2805 or 308-284-2099 Guide's Tips
Species: Walleye
Guide Contact: Tyrel Grafford; outdoornebraska.org; 308-284-8800
Rig Specifics: 6 1/2- to 7 1/2-foot, medium-heavy spinning rod with 8- to 14- pound mono, trolling with crankbaits.
Quick Tip: You want your lure to be between 8 and 20 feet deep.
Where to Fish: The north side points are best.
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Nebraska - Fremont Lakes S.R.A.
Only 30 miles or so northwest of Omaha, Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area is a series of 20 sandpit lakes carved into the Platte River basin. The attraction here is the diversity of bass fishing opportunities. Some lakes are clear; others have submerged thickets of woody cover. You can toss plastic worms in the morning, then switch over to deep-swimming crankbaits in the afternoon, depending on where you go. Either way, the waters here are absolutely littered with fish. Limits are always within easy reach. Big Phish Guide Service, 402-505-1002 Guide's Tips
Species: Largemouth
Guide: Mark Porath; 402-471-0641
Rig Specifics: 6 1/2-foot, medium-action spinning reel with 6- to 8-pound-test line, using crankbaits.
Quick Tip: The lakes have a lot of depth changes, so make sure you're placing your lures at various depths until you start finding fish.
Where to Fish: There are 20 lakes, all with a lot of fish. Keep rotating until you find the right lake at the right time. Photos From Fremont Lakes S.R.A.
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Nebraska - Red Willow Reservoir
Located 12 miles north of McCook, Red Willow is a local favorite thanks to its track record of producing trophy fish across a range of species. That list includes a 20-pound 1-ounce wiper, a 4.1-pound white crappie, a 9-plus-pound largemouth, smallies over 5 pounds, and a flathead cat that tipped the scales at more than 70 pounds. To get in on all of this, use live bait (big shiners), and concentrate on the canyon structure, then follow the fish as they trend toward deeper water. Steve Lytle, 308-345-1472; stevelytle.com Guide's Tips
Species: Walleye
Guide: Mark Porath; 402-471-0641
Rig Specifics: 6 1/2- to 7-foot spinning reel with 8- to 12-pound-test line using flutter baits in a shad pattern.
Quick Tip: First target the higher areas that are 12 to 13 feet deep, then go deeper to 25 and 30 feet.
Where to Fish: The deep water off Indian Points. Photos From Red Willow Reservoir
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New Mexico - Elephant Butte Reservoir
Located in the desert near Truth or Consequences, 40-mile-long Elephant Butte has two personalities. Its northern reaches are relatively shallow, and its southern section is deep; the two are connected by a 4-mile stretch called the Narrows. Despite sparse vegetation, there is a fair amount of flooded timber, making ideal bass habitat. You'll find more largemouths in the north, and more smallmouths and stripers (40 pounds or bigger) in the deeper southern sections. rio grande Guide Service, 505-894-3454; bassbustersguideservice.com Guide's Tips
Species: Striped Bass
Guide: Frank Vilorio; stripersnewmexico.com; 800-580-8992
Rig Specifics: 7-foot, medium-heavy rod using shad for bait.
Quick Tip: Suspend your bait 10 feet off the bottom.
Where to Fish: The north side is great in spring and early summer. Later in the summer, the best fishing moves to the south side. Photos From Elephant Butte Reservoir
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New Mexico - Conchas Lake
Thirty-two miles northwest of Tucumcari, Conchas has walleyes, largemouth bass, white bass, bluegills, and crappies on the menu. Although there are more than 60 miles of diverse shoreline to choose from, including rocky points, coves, and beaches, many anglers concentrate on the northern edge. June can be scorching, of course, but that's when some of the best walleye action happens. Fish early in the day, slow-trolling baits at 25 feet or more. ABQ Sportfishing, 877-658-2487; abqsportfishing.com Guide's Tips
Species: Walleye
Guide: Brian Stangel; abqsportfishing.com; 877-658-2487
Rig Specifics: 7-foot graphite rod with a bright-colored line using a Max Lure walleye popper.
Quick Tip: Fish it slow and near the bottom 15 feet of the lake.
Where to Fish: The south end of the lake. Photos From Conchas Lake
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New Mexico - San Juan River
Flushing flows in late spring subside in June, clearing the way for excellent flyfishing. When the water is high, the river's back channels are loaded with bug-sipping trout. Stay clear of flows between 3,000 and 4,200 cfs. It's game on with levels below that, with Baetis imitations, midge patterns, and caddis all working in the lower river by mid-June. Try your hand at catching some of the Juan's signature fat rainbows on top. Duranglers, 888-347-4346; duranglers.com Guide's Tips
Species: Trout
Guide Contact: Glenn Tinnin; duranglers.com; 888-347-4346
Rig Specifics: 8- to 9-foot, 5-weight flyrod with floating line and midges or sinking line with nymphs.
Quick Tip: Dead drift your nymph with a strike indicator.
Where to Fish: The upper section by the dam. Photo From San Juan River
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North Dakota - Lake Sakakawea
This massive reservoir on the Missouri River system has produced a number of state records, including a 5-pound 9-ounce smallmouth bass and a 37-pound 8-ounce northern pike. Covering a staggering 365,000 acres, the lake also harbors crappies, trout, saugers, white bass, and yellow perch. The trick is to choose a species and zero in on the right bait choice. The east end, above the dam, is always a good place in June. Sakakawea Outfitters, 701-487-3683; sakoutfitters.com Photos From Lake Sakakawea
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North Dakota - Central Missouri River
For river fishing, try the Missouri downstream from Sakakawea. The waters just below Garrison Dam are some of the state's best and have produced record chinook salmon and brown, rainbow, and cutthroat trout. This month, the best tactic is to troll with shiny silver lures and baitfish imitations. As with many waters in North Dakota, walleye fishing is a staple here. Drop live baits into deep pockets. Ranger Rory's Walleye and Salmon Charter, 701-400-3323; rangerrory.com
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North Dakota - Devils Lake
Devils Lake in the northeast really comes alive with pike, walleyes, and white bass by early June. Work the shoreline with crankbaits, or vertically jig on the humps in the deeper troughs, as well as in tight brush pockets. Leeches are the No. 1 choice for live bait. Yellow perch fishing on the lake is legendary, but the summer bite can be difficult to tap into without a guide. Perch-Eyes Guide Service, 701-351-1294; percheyes.com Guide's Tips
Species: Walleye
Guide Contact: Jason Feldner; percheyes.com; 701-351-1294
Rig Specifics: 6 1/2-foot medium rod with 6-pound-test Fireline, using crankbaits.
Quick Tip: Vary your retrieval speed to get more hits.
Where to Fish: Minnewaukan Flats in the west bay has a great number of walleyes and not that many anglers. Photos From Devils Lake
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Oklahoma - Lake Eufaula
Now is the time to chase spawning catfish, and Lake Eufaula, in eastern Oklahoma south of Muskogee, is the money spot for blues, channels, and flatheads. The best approach is to work sectioned shad baits or shrimp (from the grocery) on a weighted hook just above structure and rocky areas. A good channel cat weighs more than 5 pounds and is an absolute brawler on light tackle. Eufaula also has largemouth bass, crappies, and bluegills. Gone Catching, 918-689-3349; gonecatching.4t.com Guide's Tips
Species: Catfish
Guide Contact: Mark Redding; gonecatching.4t.com; 918-689-3349
Rig Specifics: 6 1/2-foot rod, using Bomber lures.
Quick Tip: You want your lure to be about 10 feet deep.
Where to Fish: The lake is full of timber, and that's where you'll find the fish. Photos From Lake Eufaula
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Oklahoma - Lake Texoma
Covering roughly 89,000 acres where the Red River is dammed along the Texas-Oklahoma border, Lake Texoma is a haven for smallmouths, largemouths, and stripers. Fish for the first two with soft plastics over structure. For striped bass, it's tough to beat the finger of Texoma that juts north into Oklahoma, above Texoma State Park. First-timers to this lake might do well to hire a guide, who will be familiar with the quirky contours of the lake bottom. Texoma Fishing Depot, 972-467-2740; 1fghp.com/texoma Photos From Lake Texoma
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Oklahoma - Broken Bow Lake
Though the prime time for bass fishing on Broken Bow is March through May, June might offer your best shot at a truly big largemouth. Fish at night between the quarter and full moon phases, when the big postspawn females cruise for food. Broken Bow is deep and clear, and the topwater fishing can be excellent. It's also a very good producer of walleyes. Broken Bow Lake Guide Service, 580-494-6447; brokenbowlakeguide.com Guide's Tips
Species: Largemouth Bass
Guide: Bryce Archey, Broken Bow Lake Guide Service, 580-494-6447
Rig Specifics: Falcon 6-foot 10-inch baitcasting rod, Shimano Curado baitcast reel, Carolina rig
Quick Tip: Because Broken Bow is such a clear lake, go with light line whenever you can. Also, fish early in the morning or right before dusk for best results.
Where to Fish: The south-southeast part of the lake, particularly Egypt Creek and Wafford Creek areas. Photos From Broken Bow Lake
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South Dakota - Lower Lake Sharpe
Biologists are predicting that summer fishing will be superb on the Missouri River reservoirs that slice through the center of the state. One of the best early-summer bets will be Lower Lake Sharpe, near Fort Thompson. You'll find concentrations of walleyes, smallmouths, white bass, and northern pike if you focus near the West Bend Campground area. Walleyes often exceed 20 inches, and you can catch 20-plus-pound northerns on bucktail jigs. Karl Palmer Guide Service, 605-223-3186; dakotawalleye.com Guide's Tips
Species: Walleye
Guide Contact: Karl Palmer; dakotawalleye.com; 605-223-3186
Rig Specifics: 10-foot heavy rod with 6- to 8-pound mono line, using minnows for bait.
Quick Tip: A bottom bouncer gets your bait all the way down while providing natural motion to the minnow.
Where to Fish: The lower end is the spot during the summer. Photos From Lower Lake Sharpe
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South Dakota - Waubay Lake
The glacial lakes in the northeast, near Webster, have reliably good action at this time of year. Waubay Lake-"with perch, walleyes, smallmouth bass, and northern pike-"is one of my favorites. June is tops for walleyes in particular, and if you fish live bait in and around the deadfall timber, you stand a decent chance of hooking and landing a 3-plus-pounder. Sportsman's Cove, 605-345-2468; thesportsmanscove.com Guide's Tips
Species: Walleye
Guide: Kathy Wagner; thesportsmanscove.com; 605-345-2468
Rig Specifics: 6-foot graphite rod with 6- to 8-pound-test line, using crankbaits.
Quick Tip: Go to the deeper part of the lake; you want to be in 18 to 20 feet of water.
Where to Fish: The northern part of the lake has the best structure.
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South Dakota - Black Hills
Though overlooked, the Black Hills region is a real sleeper for trout, with everything from small tailwaters like Rapid Creek to classic freestones like Spearfish Creek, all within a very small radius. Runoff problems are usually over by early June. Signature hatches include yellow sallies on most days; when it's cloudy or rainy, the Baetis can be thick. Dakota Angler & Outfitter, 605-341-2450; flyfishsd.com Guide's Tips
Species: Trout
Guide: Hans Stephenson; flyfishsd.com; 605-341-2450
Rig Specifics: 8 1/2-foot, 4-weight flyrod with a 5X to 6X tippet, using a size 16 elk hair caddis.
Quick Tip: It's a searching rig, so you're looking to dead drift it through riffles.
Where to Fish: The central and northern parts of the Black Hills have great fishing. Photos From Black Hills
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Texas - Sam Rayburn Reservoir
Fifteen miles north of Jasper, this impoundment was practically made for largemouth bass fishing. With its variety of cover options, and more than 114,000 acres to explore, you'll find the possibilities limited only by your own imagination. June temperatures can be high, so fish early or late in the day, and concentrate on the deeper channels and vegetation (hydrilla) areas. "Big Sam-¿ also has good crappie fishing, plus bream, some white bass, and hybrid striped bass. Reel um N Guide Service, 936-897-3400; rayburncountry.com Guide's Tips
Species: Largemoutdh Bass
Guide Contact: Lynn Atkinson; rayburncountry.com; 936-897-3400
Rig Specifics: A medium-sized rod with 15-pound-test line, using soft plastic lures.
Quick Tip: Work your lure slowly, about 3 to 8 feet deep.
Where to Fish: Find the lily pads in the middle of the lake and you'll find the fish. Photos From Sam Rayburn Reservoir
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Texas - Hill Country
Chasing bass-"be they largemouths, smallies, spots, or Guadalupe bass-"from a canoe or kayak on one of the famous Texas Hill Country rivers is an absolute gas. The Llano River, a spring-fed waterway that pours over a stone bottom, is relatively cool by Texas standards. It serves up 2-pound smallmouths in June, some on flies (try small poppers). Excellent alternates are the Guadalupe and San Marcos Rivers. Far Out Fishing Trips, 888-795-3474; faroutfishingtrips.com Guide's Tips
Species: Largemouth Bass
Guide: Joey Lin, Far Out Fishing Trips, faroutfishingtrips.com;888-795-3474
Rig Specifics: 8 1/2-foot, 5- or 6-weight fly rod, floating line, small poppers (size 4 or 6), woolly buggers, small baitfish imitations.
Quick Tip: You need to float the rivers. Particularly in the middle of the day in the summer, when it's hot, fish are going to be hiding under cut banks and other shaded areas. Floating is the best way to reach them.
Where to Fish: Llano River, between the towns of Mason and Llano. Photos From Hill Country
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Texas - Laguna Madre
Yes, Texas is loaded with rivers and lakes, but let's not forget about the south coast, which just happens to be among the world's greatest saltwater fishing destinations. Think Texas, think large, and nothing is more expansive than the saltwater flats of Laguna Madre, adjacent to Padre Island. You can catch all sorts of inshore species on conventional or fly tackle here, but June is the zenith of the seatrout season. Lower Laguna Madre Guide Service, 956-761-6593; lagunaguide.com Guide's Tips
Species: Speckled Trout
Guide: Rich Peabody; lagunaguide.com; 956-761-6593
Rig Specifics: 7-foot, medium-action spinning rod with 10-pound-test line, fishing soft plastics for topwater.
Quick Tip: The best days are when it's partly cloudy with a light wind from the southeast. To get the most fish, you only want your lure to be about 2 feet deep.
Where to Fish: Stay north, in the lower Laguna Madre. Photos From Laguna Madre
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Wyoming - Glendo Reservoir
Glendo Reservoir in eastern Wyoming is one of the state's best warmwater fisheries, with healthy populations of large walleyes, yellow perch, and channel catfish. Created by a dam on the North Platte River, the impoundment has 78 miles of shoreline, with many camping facilities and six boat ramps. As the walleye season heats up this month, remember that the fish will be moving to deeper waters; bottom bouncers are usually productive then. Two Dog's Guide Service, 307-761-2921; twodogsfishing.com Guide's Tips
Species: Walleye
Guide Contact: Rodger Bredehoft; twodogsfishing.com; 307-761-2921
Rig Specifics: 7-foot spinning rod with Fireline, using leeches or nightcrawlers for bait on 1/4- to 3/8-ounce jigheads.
Quick Tip: The active temperature for walleyes is in the mid-50s. Bounce your bait along the bottom.
Where to Fish: Upriver to the mouth. Target the little bays. Photos From Glendo Reservoir
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Wyoming - East Newton Lake
This could be the crown jewel of Wyoming's coldwater lakes. Just 5 miles northwest of Cody, 80-acre East Newton holds brown, rainbow, and brook trout that all measure in the 2-foot range. Special regulations apply, including a limit on boat-motor horsepower, but no matter-"the lake is perfect for belly boating and casting terrestrials, streamers, or damselflies. Although any place can yield fish, I like to start on the north end and go from there. Eastgate Anglers, 307-587-3059; eastgateanglers.com Photos From East Newton Lake
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Wyoming - Gray Reef, North Platte River
Glendo Reservoir in eastern Wyoming is one of the state's best warmwater fisheries, with healthy populations of large walleyes, yellow perch, and channel catfish. Created by a dam on the North Platte River, the impoundment has 78 miles of shoreline, with many camping facilities and six boat ramps. As the walleye season heats up this month, remember that the fish will be moving to deeper waters; bottom bouncers are usually productive then. Two Dog's Guide Service, 307-761-2921; twodogsfishing.com Guide's Tips
Species: Rainbow Trout
Guide: Mark Boname; wyomingflyfishing.com; 866-548-3474
Rig Specifics: 9-foot, 5- or 6-weight fly rod with a 1- to 2-foot leader for nymphing.
Quick Tip: Keep your lower fly on the bottom and target the riffles.
Where to Fish: In spring and summer, the upper section of the river is the place to be. Photos From Gray Reef, North Platte River
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