Lower Yampa River Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This section begins, unofficially, at the town of Hayden, as the Yampa River widens and winds through sagebrush-studded foothills, expansive cottonwood groves, and high-desert canyons to the Utah border.
In the stretch of the lower Yampa River between Hayden and the town of Craig, northern pike grow to 20 pounds, and smallmouth bass 15 to 17 inches long are common. For pike, throw top-water lures, bunny flies, or brightly colored streamers into slow backwater areas along the bank. The river is full of debris in this stretch, so heavy lures are easily snagged. Smallmouth bass can be taken on crayfish bait, crayfish streamers, small spinners, or minnows cast into slow, deep areas around rock formations. Key Species: Northern pike, smallmouth bass, channel catfish."