If you’re looking for an ideal place to do some trout fishing among spectacular scenery on your vacation, the choices are almost overwhelming. From mountain lakes in the Pacific Northwest teeming with colorful rainbows to brookies abundant in Rocky Mountain streams, these great places can help you make the decision as to where to cast your line.
Crane Prairie Reservoir, Oregon
Set among Oregon’s beautiful Central Cascade Mountain Range 33 miles southwest of Bend, Crane Prairie Reservoir is known as one of the top rainbow trout producing fisheries in the state. A record 19+ pound rainbow was pulled out of these waters, and there are plenty of the colorful fish in the 4 to 10 pound range in addition to an abundance of brook trout. The area is a paradise for wildlife and bird lovers as a prime viewing area for birds like sandhill cranes, bald eagles, osprey, golden eagles, and hawks as well as elk, deer, beaver and even black bear.
Free campsites can be found spread throughout the west side of the reservoir in addition to a number of more developed, organized campgrounds. Crane Prairie Resort on the northeast shore offers RV hookups as well as boat rentals, kayak rentals, showers, a tackle shop and more.
Lake Cristobal, Colorado
Colorado is home to over 2,000 lakes and some of the best fishing you’ll find anywhere on the planet. Here you’ll find picturesque turquoise waters with a backdrop of breathtaking craggy peaks highlighted by bright blue skies. Lake San Cristobal is the second largest natural lake in the Rocky Mountain state, home to a variety of trout, including browns, rainbows and lake trout that range from 10 to 30 pounds just offshore. Elk, moose, beaver, and migratory birds are just some of the wildlife frequently spotted here.
Wupperman Campground on east side of the lake, offers the chance to cook your catch at the site while enjoying outstanding lake views.
Rock Creek, Montana
Rock Creek, near Missoula, is known as the “grand daddy” of trout streams, and is one of the finest not only in Montana, but in the world. It draws fly fishing enthusiasts from across the globe to cast their line in its spectacular deep pools. Several designated campsites and numerous unofficial campsites can be found throughout the 30-mile stretch of the windy, bumpy Rock Creek Road that runs alongside the creek.
Green River Lakes, Wyoming
The Pinedale area of Wyoming on the western side of the Wind River Mountain Range is another fisherman’s paradise. Here you’ll find deep glacial lakes and crystal clear mountain streams that are ideal for fishing among breathtaking scenery. Cutthroat trout, the only fish species native to Wyoming, are found in Green River Lakes as well as Big Sandy River, Gypsum Creek and Tosi Creek.
A little over 50 miles north of Pinedale, Green River Lakes Campground offers easy access to fishing the Green River and Green River Lakes. This incredibly scenic wilderness destination is also home to wildlife, including moose, elk, deer, bear, hawks and eagles.
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