North Fork of the Popo Agie

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Lander's only blue ribbon fishery, the North Fork of the Popo Agie River features big brown trout just minutes from Main Street.

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Molly Absolon


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Destination Distance From Downtown

0.1 miles


3 of 5 diamonds


Time To Complete

1 hours

No time constraints


Spring and Summer

Spring before runoff, mid- to late-summer.

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


Wyoming fishing license

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About 3 miles out North Second Street from Main Street in Lander, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department maintains a public fishing access to the town’s only blue ribbon fishery. 

What Makes It Great

The North Fork is a relatively slow-moving river with deep pools and easy access along well-established trails from the parking area. This section of river, known for its big brown trout, offers a wide variety of fishing options. The scenery is pastoral, as the river flows through open hay fields and grazing land, its banks lined by willows and a few big cottonwoods.

The North Fork is best in the spring and early summer before peak run-off, which typically occurs begins in mid- to late-May and ends in late-June or early July. The fishing picks up again after the water level drops, but by late summer flows are low and the water warm, so fishing quality declines.

Who is Going to Love It

Kids can spin with bait, fly fisherman can wade, and anglers can cast from the banks.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

All anglers in Wyoming need a fishing license. Kids under 14 can fish for free but 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 Agie One Stop and the Good Place sell licenses.

For information on Wyoming fishing regulations, go to: or call 307-332-2688.


North Fork of the Popo Agie

North Fork public fishing access
Lander, WY, 82520
42.833014, -108.730673

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