Luce and Hogan Lakes

September 23, 2021 9:00 am


Both lakes are fishing fair to good, although the trout are seeking refuge in deeper water when the sun is high, bright and hot. Be prepared to change flies often!! Water temps are now better suited for all trout action thanks to the cold, rainy weather last week. PLEASE — Land the trout quick, keep them in a net and in the water so they can recover quickly before releasing back in the lakes.

We apologize for not updating our fishing report pages since mid-July. Without making a lot of excuses, it is because North Fork Anglers has had one of the busiest guided trip and in-the-fly-shop tourist season EVER!

So, thank you to the guided trip guests and those that came into the shop to purchase flies, leaders, tippets, new fly rods, fly reels, fly lines, clothing and gear despite the lack of information on the area fishing conditions. We appreciate each and every angler that has kept the doors open since the Covid ‘crisis’ began in 2020.

Even though the waters have been the lowest seen since 1996, the fishing has been very good in the Cody region. Water temps have been in the comfort zone for trout and these are dropping again as the days shorten and the nights lengthen. We are still heavily booked for guided trips and encourage those looking for a guide in September through October to call, not email, North Fork Anglers at 307-527-7274 for the ability to immediately reserve dates and guides. Hopefully, we can keep up with the fishing report going forward!!

Access to Luce is from the Hogan reservoir parking lot off County Road 7 RP. If the road is dry, access is no problem. If it has been raining or snowing, 4 wheel drive might be required. Water temps are in the low to mid-60’s.

Please make sure you fasten the gate to Luce Reservoir to prevent cattle from escaping. Also, there are still sightings of grizzly and black bears near these lakes. Pack bear spray and mosquito repellent.

These are the recommended flies to use: Scuds, Zebra midges, Ice cream cone midges, San Juan worms, damsel fly nymphs, Rickert’s Callibaetis nymphs, hoppers, ants, beetles, olive damsel fly nymphs, blue adult damsel dries, as well as: tan or black North Fork Specials, smaller bead-head Prince, pheasant tails, hare’s ears. Also, small balanced leech patterns, Rickert’s lake leeches and mid-sized streamers (#4-#12)


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