The lower Middle Fork of the Popo Agie runs down out of the Wind River Mountains and through the town of Lander. The river offers many fishing options, starting up high in the wilderness and ending around town where it slows and widens. But for day fishing, the best, most convenient spot can be found at the public fishing access located 3 miles from town on the left side of Sinks Canyon Road.
What Makes It Great
Fishing in this section of the Middle Fork requires some stealth, as the fish are wary and have seen enough flies and lures to be skeptical of a sloppy cast. The rocks can be slippery, so take care when wading and watch for willows on your back cast as the Middle Fork runs through thick riparian vegetation along much of this section.
The Middle Fork is best fished before spring runoff from late-March through mid-May and in mid-summer. By August, flows get low as water is removed for irrigation and city use.
Who is Going to Love It
This section of the Middle Fork is close to town and offers easy access to good fishing for rainbows, browns and brook trout. The river has lots of rocks, pools and small rapids that form eddies and hiding places for big rainbow and brown trout; however, the fish are wary of lures and will avoid a sloppy cast.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
To get to the fishing access parking area, drive 3 miles out Sinks Canyon Road. Look for a big brown water storage tank on the left. The access point is just past the water tank. A trail to the river takes off from the parking area.
All anglers in Wyoming need a fishing license. Kids under 14 can fish for free, but nonresident youth must accompany an adult with a license. You can buy an annual or daily fishing license online at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website, from a WGFD office, or from licensed providers. In Lander, Wild Iris Mountain Sports, the Popo One Stop and the Good Place sell licenses.