Island Lake Wyoming Fishing, Camping, Boating

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Island Lake

Fishing the lovely Island Lake in Wyoming is always an adventure to all fishing enthusiasts, with the scenic mountain setting, clean, fresh air and the fish offering a fair challenge.

  • Have a fishing adventure on Island Lake
  • Take a boat out on the lake to find the larger fish
  • Hook a 12-inch brook trout
  • Find plenty of willing rainbow
  • Fish Island Lake in the summer months
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery around this alpine lake

Overview of Location

Island Lake in the Wyoming Clarks Fork Ranger District is a beautiful 146-acre alpine lake that offers great fishing and a perfect setting for a fishing vacation.

Type of waterway

Shore fishing is the popular way of catching fish on Island Lake but there is also a boat ramp. Boating may be your best option to get to the larger fish. Be sure to watch for deep drop-offs and shadows within the lake to find those elusive trout.

Fishing seasons

The best time for fishing the lake is during the summer months to the first snowfall in fall. The roads aren’t maintained during the winter and only plowed by Memorial Day.

Most common fish species

The Island Lake is primarily a brook and rainbow trout fishery. Brook trout average 6 to 9 inches but you can catch one of up to 12 inches.

Directions for accessing Island Lake

You can reach Island Lake by taking State Highway 120 north out of Cody. In 16 miles you’ll come to the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (296), and you drive on this road for 47 miles, turning right on State Highway 212. Go 16 miles and turn left on Island Lake Road.

Check out the listings on this page to find a guided fishing tour. Guides have knowledge of the area, as well as the expertise to help you get your largest catch and make it the best fishing trip ever. 

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