Our most popular fishing waters are undoubtedly within the Bighorn National Forest. A variety of trout, grayling, mountain whitefish and even the elusive golden trout can be found in the high mountain streams and lakes that dot the massive forest.
From easy to reach, to those requiring a bit of a hike, the U.S. Forest Service offers maps and can advise you where to go based on your interests & difficulty level.
Details On & Off the Mountain
Species –Trout: Brook, Brown, Cutthroat, Rainbow, Lake, Golden Other: Grayling, Splake, Whitefish, Tiger Muskie, Bass, Walleye, Perch
Licenses – Purchase your fishing license and conservation stamp at the Sports Lure, downtown Buffalo. They’ll also give you tips on the best places to fish and what they’re biting on.
Forest Service: 307-684-7806
The Sports Lure: 307-684-7682
Hit these places for maps, locations, gear and tips.
Tie Hack Dam and Reservoir – 12 miles west on Hwy 16. Constructed in 1997, this popular destination for visitors and residents alike offers fishing, camping, hiking and even boating.
Crazy Woman Canyon– Accessible from Hwy 16 east, and old Hwy 87, the canyon offers beautiful views, excellent fishing on Crazy Woman Creek & great hiking.
Make Some Tracks to Get There
Leave from the trailheads below.
Circle Park – FS Road 20, 13 mi W on Hwy 16
Sherd Lake – 1.8mi | Rainy Lake – 6mi | Willow Lake – 8mi
Hunter – FS Road 19, 12 mi W on Hwy 16
Seven Brothers Lakes – 8mi | Florence Pass/Bomber Mountain – Long, gradual hike, historic monument & wreckage of a military bomber crash site from 1943
Schoolhouse Park – 12.5 mi W on Hwy 16
Lake Angeline – High alpine lake, slightly difficult hike in, beautiful views and clear water
Start Your Bighorn Mountain Fishing Adventure at the U.S. Forest Service Powder River Ranger District and Get Maps, Regulations & Tips.