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Guide to fishing for kokanee salmon in WY.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Salmon fishing in Wyoming

While Wyoming is not typically known for its salmon fishing, there are opportunities to catch salmon in certain areas of the state. The purpose of this page is to share basic information about salmon fishing and identify popular salmon waters in the state.

One species that anglers can target is the kokanee salmon, which is a landlocked form of sockeye salmon. Several reservoirs in Wyoming, including Flaming Gorge Reservoir and Fontenelle Reservoir, are known to support healthy populations of kokanee salmon.

Kokanee salmon are prized for their vibrant colors and acrobatic fights, making them an exciting species to pursue. They are known for their preference for colder water and are typically found in deeper areas of the reservoirs during the warmer months. Anglers often target kokanee salmon by trolling with downriggers or using techniques such as jigging or casting with small spoons or spinners.

Flaming Gorge Reservoir, located in southwestern Wyoming, is particularly renowned for its kokanee salmon fishing. The reservoir's deep and clear waters provide an ideal habitat for these fish. Anglers can enjoy the challenge of catching kokanee salmon while surrounded by the stunning red cliffs and scenic beauty of the area.

It's important to note that Wyoming's salmon fishing opportunities are limited compared to other states renowned for salmon fishing. However, for anglers seeking the thrill of targeting kokanee salmon and enjoying the natural beauty of Wyoming's reservoirs, there are opportunities to experience a unique salmon fishing adventure in the state.

The Flaming Gorge Reservoir produced the Wyoming state record kokanee salmon. Other major lakes in the state offering salmon fishing include Alcova Lake, Bighorn Lake, Boulder Lake, Fontenelle Reservoir, Fremont Lake, Lake Hattie Reservoir, New Fork Lake and Rob Roy Reservoir.

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Fishing for salmon in Wyoming

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee salmon

World record: 9 lbs 10 oz

State Record: 6.31 lbs

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Wyoming State Record Salmon

The record kokanee salmon was taken out of Flaming Gorge Reservoir

About The Pacific Salmon Family

Pacific Salmon are born in and remain in freshwater streams for the early years of life. The number varies by species. Afterward they migrate to the Pacific Ocean waters where they bulk up and prepare for their once in a lifetime spawning run up the freshwater stream where they were born. They will instinctively return to their birthplace, spawn and die. They are found in the streams which empty into the ocean, and adjoining ocean waters.

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies. For more details check here for articles about fly fishing.

Wyoming Salmon Fishing

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies, as well as a variety of other lures and baits.

Salmon Organizations

Atlantic Salmon Federation

Atlantic Salmon Trust

Atlantic Salmon Museum

Pacific Salmon Commission

Pacific Salmon Foundation


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Learn the life cycle of salmon

The more you know about the life cycle and seasonal migration of salmon, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Wyoming salmon fishing waters. Visit the salmon fishing page for more information about the life cycle of the different species of salmon.

Best salmon fishing waters in Wyoming!