Today’s Bighorn Mountain Trail and Snow Conditions
Mountain Streams: (Including Clear Creek, Crazy Woman Creek, Rock Creek, Piney Creek and Tensleep Creek and their tributaries)
Mountain streams are opening up, but are full with runoff water are are difficult to fish. Concentrate you efforts on slower, soft water, and along the edges.
Large Stonefly Nymphs like Halfbacks, Pats Rubber Legs, or Sparkle Stones may be effective.
Worms or small spinners may be successful for spin fishermen.
Mountain Lakes: Tie Hack Reservoir, Dull Knife Reservoir, and Meadowlark Lake are open and people are fishing. Also, some of the lower elevation, wilderness lakes like Sherd, Long, Trigger and Ringbone Lakes are also open. More lakes will be opening up with the warm weather and snowmelt.
Fly fishermen could try small nymphs like Pheasant Tails, Hare's Ears, or Red Fox Squirrel Nymphs. Also small foam ants and beetle patterns may be effective at times.
Spin Fishermen should try small spinners, Fly and Bubble Rig, or worms.
Prarie Streams: Water levels in the Bighorn Mountain are very high, and runoff is in full swing. Fishing will be pretty tough until water levels come down. If you try to fish, focus on slower moving areas next to the bank, or pools and side channels.
Nymphs patterns like Pheasant Tails, Hare's Ears, Red Fox Squirrel, or Prince Nymphs will be effective. Also try Stonefly patterns like Halfbacks or Pat's Rubber Legs. Big dark colored streamers or Wooly buggers may be effective during high water.
Middle Fork of Powder River west of Kaycee has come down to very fishable levels. Fishing should be excellent. Fly Fishermen should try Stonefly Nymphs, good patterns would be Pats Rubber Legs, Halfbacks, and Kaufmann's Stones, if the fish are on top, try a Stimulator, Chubby Chernobyl, or PMX.
Spin fishermen will have success with small spinners, in gold, silver or copper or with worms fished in deeper pools.
Lake Desmet: Boat fishermen should try trolling with spoons, Rapalas, small cowbells, or worm harnesses.
Bank fishermen should try Powerbait fished off the bottom, the bay at the south side of the Monument area seems to be consistently productive.
Prairie Lakes and Ponds: (Including Healy Reservoir, and Muddy Guard Reservoirs)
Healy Reservoir is open and people are fishing. Try worms fished off the bottom, black or olive jigs or spinner baits. There may be some topwater action for Bass along weedlines and flooded timber. Large streamers or spoons may be effective for the Tiger Muskies.
Muddy Guard #1 is fishing well at times. Fly fishermen should try small Chironomid larvae patterns, midges, Damsel Nymphs or small minnow patterns. There are a few hatches of midges, Calibaetis mayflies, and ants, so there may be some topwater action when the bugs are hatching.
Spin fishermen could try worms, salmon eggs or Powerbait where it is allowed, or casting with spinners or spoons.
General Info: There is 18"-60" of snow throughout the Bighorn Mountain Area at elevations above 9500'.
Our snowpack is currently far above normal. Much of the Cloud Peak Wilderness is difficult to access due to snow and wet conditions. Also, expect a plentiful runoff and water.
Forest Service Road Conditions: Many Forest Service Roads are still snowed in and closed. Hazelton Road, Hunter Creek Road, Circle Park Road, Tie Hack are all open and accessible.
More routes will open as conditions allow.
Cloud Peak Wilderness Trails: Many higher elevation Cloud Peak Wilderness trails are buried in substantial snow and ice. There is still 18"+ of snow above 9500', especially in shady and timbered areas.
Lakes above 9500' are still frozen and trails above that elevation will be difficult to traverse. Climbing Cloud Peak or other high elevation mountains will be extremely difficult without snowshoes or skis.
Cloud Peak Wilderness Lakes: Most Cloud Peak Wilderness Lakes are still frozen at elevations above 9500'. However, lower elevation lakes like like Sherd, Long, Trigger and Ringbone Lakes are open and accessible.
Snow and Skiing Conditions: There is 18"-60" of Snow throughout the Bighorn Mountain region.
There are a few folks backcountry skiing. Please use caution with unstable snowpack, and go with a buddy for safety.
Meadowlark Ski Area is closed for the season.
January thru Memorial Day
Monday thru Saturday 8am - 6pm
Memorial Day thru December
Monday thru Saturday 8am - 6pm
Sundays 10am - 4pm
Today’s Local Conditions
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High 73°/Low 51°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Variable clouds with scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon hours. A few storms may be severe. High 73F. S winds shifting to NNE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.