North Platte River fishing 5/2/23

North Platte River Fishing Report


Upper North Platte

USGS flow in real time @ Northgate ish cfs

@Saratoga  842 CFS currently Dropping  National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

The Skinny

Spring is here, and so is the fishing.  While the weather has been hit or miss.  The cold fronts and moisture have been great for our snowpack we are  currently around 96% of normal.  What does that mean?  Our water conditions are good for the foreseeable future.   With the dirty water the fish seem to be looking for that bigger meal and are not in bug mode.  But the fish are eating and they look great.  Being a Freestone in the spring the crowds are non existent.  Hitting windows when the river is dropping or stable will be dependent on the weather.  But Fishing is great and will only get better.  Catch rates are high right now!

Bugs to float: Midges and baetis

Bugs to pull:  Buggers(Thin mints, olive and black) Articulated streamers(goldie, rusty trombone)

Bugs to drift:  Worms, eggs, midges(rs2, mayhem),stoneflies(pat’s doublebeed)


Miracle Mile 2000ish CFS

Flow in real time

The Skinny

Fishing is Good to great! Flows are up which is good this allows the anglers and fish to spread out.  The rainbow trout seem to be about done spawning.  The suckers are moving right in and the lake fish aren’t verry far behind them.  Now is a great time to fish the Mile, with the only local guides on carbon county’s jewel the Miracle Mile.  Weekends have been busy week  days have been manageable.  Fish seem to be moving into deep fast heavy water making floating more productive.  On the days the baetis are thick the fish have been moving in and up in the water column.  The Mile should continue to fish great in the for the foreseeable future.

Bugs to float: midges, baetis

Bugs to pull:   Thin Mints, Rusty trombones, goldee

Bugs to drift:  Midges (zebra, mayhems, ju ju)  annelids( rock and san juan worms) Baetis (Pts, rs2 mayhem)eggs (mottled and glo)