Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park (Purestock/Getty)

The Snake River is one of the most famous, and popular, fishing rivers in the country. It even has its own species. The Snake River Cutthroat is found in the upper Snake River watershed. It can be identified by red slash marks under the throat and small black spots on a yellowish body. Along with this colorful character, whitefish and brook, brown, rainbow, and lake trout swim the park's waters.

The Snake River opens for trout fishing on April 1. But soon the spring run-off starts, and the river rollics until August. The best time to fish the Snake is late August and September. Many of the Snake's tributaries are fishable earlier than August, but several streams are closed until August 1 because they are important spawning areas. Check with the park authorities.

But don't forget the lakes... the best high country lakes are Bradley, Taggart, Holly, Surprise, and Lake Solitude. Lower down, Jackson Lake is a good bet for lake and cutthroat trout. Anglers at Jackson have pulled out lake trout in the 30- to 40-pound range. Phelps Lake takes a hike to get to: Go for a little more solitude and for brook, lake, and cutthroat trout. Jenny and Leigh Lakes are both worth a try, though they're not as great for fishing; however, you won't be disappointed by the scenery.


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