Regardless of your summer goals, we have an open space fishing option for you

“If you want to catch a big fish and you don’t care what species it is, there are carp all over the state and they get big everywhere,” he said. “They’re also available on land and on boats, and with a fly rod or bait.”

And he’s not exaggerating. The state record carp weighed more than 34 pounds.

But Wyoming’s channel catfish also grows exceptionally large. Biologists electrofished part of the North Platte River above Glendo Reservoir in 2020 to study fish populations and caught a catfish too large to scale, meaning it was likely to be 30 pounds.

The real river and lake monsters aren’t too common, but most of the catfish in Glendo are likely to average 25 to 30 inches and weigh 8 to 10 pounds, which is still a large fish.

The keyhole reservoir offers a long, aggressive pike for anyone interested in a more toothy fight.

But if you’re short on time and want to catch something big, try the carp bite on a larger reservoir or river below 6,500 feet. You will not be disappointed.

You want to fish but your children want to play

If you have children, especially young children, the quickest way to get them bored and uncomfortable fishing is to take them to a river and ask them to stand by for the casting.

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