Grab Your Tacklebox: Fishing Near Togwotee

Wyoming’s Wonders: Fishing

Northwest Wyoming, home to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, is known to be some of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire United States. In addition to soaring mountains, verdant meadows, and wide-open glades, you’ll find burbling freshwater streams and chilly mountain lakes that are teeming with fish.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming is your entrance to some spectacular fishing. From Togwotee Mountain Lodge to Yellowstone to Grand Teton National Park, you’ll find opportunities for fly fishing, traditional angling, and wade fishing. With the perfect backdrop, you’re guaranteed some unforgettable fishing.

Different Types of Fishing Near Togwotee Mountain Lodge

In northwest Wyoming, you’ll find a number of different fishing spots where you can try out different types of fishing. With lakes, freshwater streams, and cold, snowy winters, you have several different options when it comes to fishing.

Different types of fishing near Togwotee Mountain Lodge:

  • Angling: This type of fishing uses a hook on a line to catch fish. Angling can be done from shore, on a dock, or from a boat.
  • Casting: Casting is a sport that uses a flexible fishing rod to cast or throw the line out, over, and into the water.
  • Fly fishing: This style of fishing uses artificial flies to lure fish to the line. This is an older method of angling, which is particularly effective for catching trout, salmon, bass, and carp. This type of fishing is often done from the shores of a river or by wading right into the river water. This is also sometimes known as wade fishing.
  • Ice fishing: Commonly done in the winter, ice fishing requires a hole to be cut through the ice covering a lake or river, and then a line is dropped into the water to attract and catch fish.

The Best Fishing Spots Near Togwotee Mountain Lodge

If you’re planning a visit to Togwotee Mountain Lodge for fishing adventures, you’re in luck. Many of the best fishing spots in northwest Wyoming are located nearby. These are some of our guest’s favorite places to cast a line.

Snake River
As one of the most iconic rivers in the West, the Snake River is a cannot-miss item that should be on your fisherman’s bucket list. Here, you’ll find dozens of species of native fish, including salmon and steelhead runs. This is a great fishing spot for anglers and presents a challenge for experienced waders as the water can be quick and deep in spots. The most popular fishing spots are below Jackson Lake Dam.

The main draw to this river is the native Snake River finespotted cutthroat trout, which can only be found in the Snake River and a few of its tributaries. You’re also likely to find brown trout while fishing this river.

Paddle at Oxbow Bend

Oxbow Bend has it all: abundant wildlife viewing, spectacular sunrises, and easy access to the water. Bring your canoe or kayak, or rent one from a nearby shop and launch early in the morning for the best fishing and scenery. As you paddle or cast your line, keep an eye on the shoreline for bears, beavers, moose, and river otters.

Ice Fishing at Jackson Lake
If you’re looking for some wintertime fishing, head to Jackson Lake, which is located at the base of the Tetons. Park at Colter Bay and then make your way out onto the ice. You can cut your hole and cast your line. You’ll most likely find lake trout, cutthroat trout, and brown trout here.

Leigh Lake

Located in Grand Teton National Park, Leigh Lake is at the foot of Paintbrush Canyon and Mount Moran. To get here, you’ll take a short, flat, one-mile hike from the trailhead at String Lake to Leigh Lake. You can fish from anywhere along the shore, including the white sand beaches, or kayak or canoe out into the lake. It’s common to see bears on the lakeshore, so be sure to keep food with you or stored in bear proof containers.

Gros Ventre

The Gros Ventre River (pronounced gro-vant) is a tributary of the Snake River. Along the shores, you’re sure to see abundant wildlife, including some beaver lodges, which are an important part of the natural ecosystem. As a lesser-known area, the Gros Ventre is perfect for fly fishers looking for a less touristy area to stop and fish. This fast-moving river is home to Snake River cutthroat trout.

Breccia Cliffs
Located between Dubois and Togwotee Pass, you’ll find the beautiful Breccia Cliffs towering over Wind River Lake, Brooks Lake, and Brooks Lake Creek Falls. To get here, you’ll want a high-clearance vehicle so you can navigate the numerous dirt roads which lead to many different hidden fishing spots. This is a great place to stop for angling or fly fishing.

Fishing Rules and Regulations in Grand Teton National Park

Before your visit to this area, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations. If you plan ahead, you won’t have to spend precious fishing time or waste a moment of mountain views and cool waters getting a fishing license.

Fishing in Wyoming is regulated by state laws. A Wyoming fishing license is required. You can purchase a fishing license inside of Grand Teton National Park at Flagg Ranch, Colter Bay Marina, and Signal Mountain Lodge. You can also get your fishing license online from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Fishing Seasons

  • Lakes: open year-round (with exceptions)
  • Jackson Lake: Closed to fishing October 1-31
  • Rivers and streams: November 1-March 31, cutthroat trout caught in the Snake River must be released immediately.

Other rivers and lakes may be closed during portions of the season. Be sure to check the National Park Service website or talk to a ranger before heading out.

Legal Tackle
Each angler may use two rods or poles but must attend them at all times. Each line can have no more than three single or treble hooks, flies, or lures. The types of flies, lures, and bait you can use are regulated by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Creel and Size Limits
To keep the lakes and rivers teeming with fish, the number and size of fish you can take are strictly regulated.

  • Lakes in Grand Teton National Park: Six trout per day, no more than three can be cutthroat trout, only one of which can exceed 12 inches.
  • Streams in Grand Teton National Park: Three trout, no more than one can exceed 16 inches, and no more than one cutthroat trout can exceed 12 inches.

If you’re fishing catch-and-release, you must release the fish carefully and immediately back into the water from which it was taken.

Where to Stay: Togwotee Mountain Lodge

If you’re looking for the ultimate fishing adventure in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, you’ll need a convenient and cozy place to stay.

Togwotee Mountain Lodge
Located in Moran, Wyoming, Togwotee Mountain Lodge places you right near the action. Open from May to September, this is the perfect place to stay if you’re planning a summer fishing trip. The Lodge is a full-service mountain resort with lodge rooms and private cabins and onsite dining at the Grizzly Grill or Red Fox Saloon.

Some of the most picturesque landscape in the United States is located in northwestern Wyoming. This scenery can be the backdrop for your ultimate fishing adventure. Home to the native cutthroat trout, you can fish the Snake River and surrounding tributaries, to catch fish you won’t see anywhere else in the world.

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