Top 7 Places to Fish in Jackson Hole

Colby Murphy


Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is a popular spot for skiing and outdoor exploring. Located an hour south of Yellowstone National Park, Jackson Hole is also a prominent regional fishing destination as well. If you’re thinking about shopping for Jackson Hole real estate for sale or if you’re simply planning a weekend getaway to the area, you may have questions about where the best fishing spots can be found. Read on for seven of the top recommendations for where to get a top-notch catch in Jackson Hole.

1. Snake River

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Few rivers in the entire country are as beautiful as the Snake River. You’ll frequently see moose, elk, and bison walking along the banks, and you’ll also witness ospreys and bald eagles flying above the water as you cast your line.

Snake River is an excellent spot for year-round fishing, with only a few exceptions. You won’t want to be around during the runoff in May and June. There are also a few cold spots during the winter where you won’t catch much if you try to fish. Besides this, you can always expect to enjoy the time you spend on Snake River and find plenty of fish biting as you travel. Most people who fish the Snake River catch plenty of brown or brook trout. More than anything, you’ll find lots of Snake River cutthroat in the water.

Experienced fishermen recommend carrying bear spray and making plenty of noise as you walk through the forest to protect yourself from potential danger. There are several points of access, including the Wilson Bridge, with nearby parking at Emily Stevens Park. The state government encourages fishermen to harvest all of the rainbow trout that they can since these fish will often compete with native cutthroat.

2. Green River

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The Green River originates near the Wind River Range and flows for over 700 miles before connecting with the Colorado in Utah. It’s a fantastic spot for fly fishing, and it’s well-known as one of the top spots in all of North America for tailwater fishing, especially from May through July. The waters are home to plenty of rainbow trout, brook trout, lake trout, brown trout, and mountain whitefish as well. Most fish are at least 11 inches long, but some are much larger. The stretch above Warren Bridge is one of the top spots on the water, especially if you plan to wade while fishing. There are also several excellent campsites nearby.

3. Greys River

Many people overlook the Greys River when looking for fishing spots near Jackson Hole. This is a shame, though, because there’s so much excellent water for fishing to be explored. Make plans to fish Greys right after the runoff in July and before Labor Day weekend. Heavy snowfall can often cause the river to flood out. Once the runoff happens, you’ll be able to catch plenty of Snake River cutthroat, along with rainbow trout and brown trout. Most fish here measure between 10 and 14 inches long. You can park nearly anywhere along the river and find accessible fishing spots by simply wading in. The lower river sections are better for fishing during the spring and fall. If you’re fishing in the summertime, consider trying your luck upriver.

4. North Folk of the Buffalo Fork

Be prepared to take a short hike to reach the North Folk area, but the journey is part of the allure of this excellent fishing spot. It’s one of the last areas to clear after the runoff each year, so you won’t want to waste any time planning your visit after the water begins to drop off. Snake River cutthroat trout make up the majority of the river’s population, but you’ll find plenty of stonefly hatches as well. Bring an extra layer and some bear spray to protect yourself from any wildlife that you may encounter along the way. If you want to pack a tent and make a two-day trip out of your journey, you’ll find plenty of options for campsites along the way, in addition to multiple spots to stop and fish.

5. Soda Lake

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Soda Lake will require a short hike or a four-wheel drive vehicle to access. The best time to visit is during the fall or soon after the spawn. The waters are full of walleye, bass, panfish, and rainbow trout. You’ll also find sizeable cutthroat trout that usually prefer white or olive streamers. You can also catch them with mayfly imitations and a few terrestrial or hopper patterns.

6. Fall Creek

Some people prefer to fish in small creeks. If that describes you, Fall Creek is the perfect place for your fishing adventure. The water can sometimes be murky or high, but you can use a Mohair leech pattern for fishing your way through some of the area’s deeper holes. It’s not uncommon to return with an 18-inch cutthroat trout after fishing some of these holes.

7. Teton River

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Perhaps you want to venture outside of Jackson Hole and travel to the other side of the Teton River in Idaho. You’ll encounter some great fishing if you do. The waters are full of rainbow trout and brown trout, and you can regularly find fish that are over 20 inches long. You’ll find plenty of places to access the water as you travel along the river, but keep an eye out for private property and specified boundaries as you travel.

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Colby Murphy

Colby Murphy

About the Author

Born in the land of the Delta Blues, Colby Murphy grew up as a nationally ranked cyclist and avid outdoorsman. Colby's addiction for competition took his amateur cycling career through college, capturing silver at the USAC National Championship and a spot on Team USA for the 2013 UCI World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. While attending Middle Tennessee State University, Colby volunteered coaching youth athletes in addition to interning with the D1 NFL Combine Camp in Nashville, Tennessee. It was freshman year when Colby was exposed to the magic of Jackson Hole. Instantly attracted, he began splitting his time to ski Jackson every year thereafter.

Upon publishing research in the International Journal of Exercise Science and receiving his bachelor’s degree, Colby immediately relocated to Southern California in pursuit of his professional cycling career. Once retired from competition, Colby quickly found himself as a top producing sales professional serving owners of high end luxury real estate in areas of San Diego including Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, and Coronado. With his affection for luxury property, history with Jackson Hole, and prior connection to Christie's International Real Estate, Colby saw a clear path and executed a move to Jackson. In his spare time, he now enjoys turning laps at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and giving back at Jackson Hole Therapeutic Riding Association.

Colby is fortunate to have been raised around admirable examples of what drive, tenacity and resilience can yield. His father, a self-made entrepreneur, and uncle, an owner of the Christie's affiliate brokerage in San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City, both inspired Colby's ambitions from an early age.

Now, Colby has positioned himself among some of the most respected networks in the industry. He feels proud and blessed to have established relationships with multiple Christie’s affiliate owners and associates spanning multiple cities, states, and countries. Colby has also recently become a member of REALM™, the first globally collaborative real estate collective designed to empower the real estate professional by curating new relationships and matching qualified buyers based on lifestyle experiences and passions rather than search criteria.

In a market where there are as many agents as annual transactions, Colby represented clients from Australia, the UK, Mexico, and several U.S. states in his first year alone. He applies the principles and work ethic he learned through sport and his impressive circle of mentors to ensure he creates the highest value for his clients. Always elevating, always seeking excellence, his acquired values and attributes provide a successful combination that will ensure your selling or buying experience is a win.

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