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Old 08-08-2013, 10:21 AM
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Default Little Half Moon Lake, WY

Yesterday afternoon I went exploring, wanted to see what Little Half Moon Lake looked like, so I loaded up the gear, the Pontoon boat and the dog and headed out. What I found was an absolutely beautiful setting, with no one there, although there are a few camping sites along the edge of the lake, seemed kind of strange seeing how nice the wx has been. The fishing was very good, but all were small fish, the first two were rainbows after that I had no idea what I was catching, I wasn't counting but guessing I probably landed 30 fish, nothing over 12", but lots of fun. However, I did have an interesting thing happen, as I was reeling in a small fish of maybe 6" a much bigger fish grabbed him and we had a real fight going but he let go before I could get a good look......so I guess there are at least some big fish there.
View from the ridge dropping into the lake, you can see the boat landing on the far right.
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Rigging up at the boat ramp:
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A nice rainbow:
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Another rainbow:
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Here is what was left after the bigger fish tried to make him lunch:
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I have no idea what this is, but the lake is full of them:
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Default Re: Little Half Moon Lake, WY

Nice little lake full of mountain whitefish. Click the image to open in full size.
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Great report! Wish I was still in Wyoming!
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Great report! Wish I was still in Wyoming!
Mike: Thanks! You have any idea what those fish are that I was catching yesterday (besides the two rainbows)?

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Larry, I think they are Mountain Whitefish but more colorful that the pics I see on the web.
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Nice lake Larry....was looking forward to seeing the pics of those fish....they look like made in the US blageons to me
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Nice little lake full of mountain whitefish. Click the image to open in full size.
Steve: I looked on the Wyoming Game and Fish site and I think you are correct. All the whitefish I have ever caught in the rivers are all very light colored, not dark like the once I caught yesterday, but looking at the top photo on their fish identification page it shows a dark colored fish. If you scroll down to the bottom, that is more what I have caught in the past.
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Cool!!! Good job on the whitefish. They look delicious to eat (don't know as I've never caught or eaten any). Did you take some home with ya?
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Steve: I looked on the Wyoming Game and Fish site and I think you are correct. All the whitefish I have ever caught in the rivers are all very light colored, not dark like the once I caught yesterday, but looking at the top photo on their fish identification page it shows a dark colored fish. If you scroll down to the bottom, that is more what I have caught in the past.
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Well I thought they were mtn whitefish but yours seem to be lacking the adipose fin according to the link you posted.
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Well I thought they were mtn whitefish but yours seem to be lacking the adipose fin according to the link you posted.
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Good point, I guess I need to run over to the WY Game and Fish office and see what they say.

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Cool!!! Good job on the whitefish. They look delicious to eat (don't know as I've never caught or eaten any). Did you take some home with ya?
No I didn't take any home, at the time I had no idea what they were and I didn't bother to look in the WY fishing regs to see what the rules were for that lake. Maybe I should take a peek to see if it is even open for fishing.
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