Gone Fishing: The Best Fishing Spots Across the Mountain States
The Mountain States are eight separate states spread across the western part of the United States. In no particular order, they include:
Even though they are all grouped together under the moniker of “mountain state”, all of these states are vastly different. Even though they are all different, each state boasts some great fishing.
So whether you are heading out of state for vacation or staying local, be sure to channel your inner angler and head to one (or more!) or these fishing spots.
Missouri River, Montana
Let’s start as local as we can here! The Missouri River is regularly ranked as not only the top fly fishing location in Montana, but one of the best in the entire country. No matter what time of year you go, you’ll be found to catch something but the recommended time is between April and November.
Start your first fishing stories here with some of the biggest trout in the state.
Henry’s Lake State Park, Idaho
Although Idaho is mostly known for its potatoes, it doesn’t come up short on fantastic fishing spots. The state park is home to plenty of fish in a beautiful, picturesque lake.
The only downside is that the park is open for fishing from May to October. It is also neighbors with Yellowstone National Park, meaning you can catch all the fish you can before heading over to one of the country’s most famous natural areas.
Corn Lake, Colorado
Choosing a top fishing spot in Colorado is like choosing what to munch on first at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Corn Lake is located just outside of Grand Junction and shares proximity with other fishing spots, including the Colorado River.
If you’re traveling with children, Corn Lake is often rated as one of the top spots for beginning fishermen. Just remember to grab all your gear before you bounce from spot to spot.
Logan River, Utah
Logan River is a fantastic spot for beginners and veteran alike, as the river running through the northeast corner of Utah draws people in from all backgrounds. Here, you’re likely to find trout and till.
There are more than 30 miles to choose from along the river, meaning you’ll be able to find that perfect secluded spot and enjoy some relaxing fishing.
Boysen Reservoir, Wyoming
Even though Wyoming may be famous for having the smallest population in Wyoming, it is home to over 4,200 lakes. One of the best locations in Boysen Reservoir and is regularly known as one of the best walleye and trout fishing spots.
With over 76 miles of shoreline and a plethora of other activities, you may find yourself contributing to Wyoming’s small population when it’s all said and done!
Bluewater Lake State Park, New Mexico
If you’re looking for a rare catch, head to Bluewater Lake State Park. Here, you may be able to catch the tiger muskie. Originally introduced to control invasive species, the tiger muskie remains a tough catch.
The park is also a hotspot for ice fishing in the winter and an easily accessible park by car throughout the summer. So just in case you miss the summer months, don’t worry and bring a thick coat.
Lees Ferry, Arizona
Situated along the Colorado River, Lees Ferry is an ideal place for fly fishers looking to snare the big catch. Lees Ferry is also an ideal fishing location year round thanks to the Arizona climate.
The spot offers boat rentals if you want to get out further into the water or you can simply stay along the 13 miles of shoreline.
Sheep Creek Reservoir, Nevada
Escape the casinos and nightlife and head north to Sheep Creek Reservoir. Located on the border with Idaho, Sheep Creek is fairly isolated and is a hot spot for trout and other fish.
Ideal for fly fishers and dry-baiters, the reservoir is known as the best spot in the area to catch smallmouth bass. There are also plenty of camping areas and docks, meaning you could be spending a few days here, trying to break the record for smallmouth bass set in 2010. An angler pulled one out that weighed nearly nine pounds!