Big Laramie River (Access points along the Big Laramie River)
Green Belt Access
The Green Belt Access is located in the middle of Laramie just east of I-80 at exit 311, Snowy Range Road, then head on Hwy 230 towards Woods Landing. It contains wild Brown trout between 10-20 inches and has recently been stocked with catchable Rainbows. The best fishing is right after runoff and in the fall. This section is a slow meandering river with deep runs and undercut banks, making great streamer and hopper fishing.
Monolith Ranch Access
The Monolith Ranch Access is located 6 miles west of Laramie on Wyoming State Highway 230. It is mainly flat slow water with a couple of deep runs. This section contains mainly Browns ranging from 10-20 inches with a few Rainbows.
Pioneer Canal Access
The Pioneer Canal Access is located 20 miles west of Laramie on State Hwy 230. From there it is a short ½ mile walk to the actual access point. This is a cottonwood-lined stretch with long deep runs, perfect for dry fly fishing. Early June through July is the best time to be on this section of river. It is a short walk from Wyoming State Highway 230 but it is well worth it.
The Jelm Access
The Jelm Access is the most scenic public stretch of the Big Laramie River. It is located 30 miles west of Laramie off of Wyoming State Highway 230 then south on Wyoming State Highway 10 at Woods Landing. It flows through a small canyon with far more riffles and runs than in the pastureland closer to Laramie. Pocket water, undercut banks, and faster moving water characterize the Big Laramie. The best time to fish this section of the Laramie is from mid May through early July and again in the fall.
Information provided by John Blyth of Four Seasons Anglers
Medicine Bow National Forest
The Medicine Bow National Forest is located 30 miles west of Laramie on Wyoming State Highway 130 just above the small mountain town of Centennial. WY 130 is a scenic loop that goes west over the Snowy Range Mountains, up to 11,000 feet in elevation, to the small town of Saratoga and then continues north to meet up with I-80 at Walcott Junction. This loop travels past countless alpine lakes and streams full of Brook trout and Cutthroats. The fishing is better, however, the farther that you get away from the main highway. People don’t seem to venture far from their vehicles and explore the fishing opportunities that are only a small day hike away. The Medicine Bow National Forest has great hiking with trail heads clearly marked at most of the roadside stops, including the Sugarloaf Access area. Some of the lakes to keep in mind are the Twin Lakes, North and South Gap, Bear Lake, the Shelf Lakes, Libby Lake, Lewis Lake, Rob Roy Reservoir, and Lake Owen. Rob Roy, Lake Owen, and Turpin Reservoir are the only lakes that have a cement boat ramp and allow combustion motors.
Laramie Plains Lakes
The Laramie Plains Lakes are a collection of alkaline impoundments located 15 miles west of Laramie off of WY 230. These fertile waters support a fantastic amount of trout food and have the correct ph level to grow trout as fast as anywhere in the country. The main food sources for trout in these lakes are scuds, caddis, damselflies, dragonflies, callibaetis, and chironomids. They fish best in early spring right after ice out through mid July and again in the fall. Late summer can cause water temps to climb into the mid 70’s making the fishing very difficult. Early morning and late evening are the best times to fish during this time of year to escape the high water temps. If you fish the Laramie Plains Lakes expect to fish in the wind. The spring and the fall are the windiest seasons but it can blow in this part of Wyoming any day of the year. Don’t let the wind deter you, however, some of the best fishing can be during some of the worst weather. It is a good idea to bring your 7 weight rod with you to help fight the blustery wind.
Watercraft Inspection Requirements
There are several regulations in place to protect Wyoming’s resources. All boaters should be aware of these regulations. Any watercraft transported into Wyoming from March 1 through November 30 must undergo a mandatory inspection by an authorized inspector prior to launching. Any watercraft that has been in a water infested with zebra/quagga mussels within the last 30 days, is required to undergo a mandatory inspection by an authorized inspector prior to launching during ALL months of the year.