7 Tips for Catching Burbot at Lake Flaming Gorge
this Winter Jul 03, 2013

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism invites visitors to sink a fishing line into its fresh, cool waters. The peaceful waters in and around the high-desert expanse of Southwest Wyoming lure fishermen and women. 

Sweetwater County’s combination of tail waters, reservoirs, streams and rivers make the area ripe for fishing frenzy. Four species of trout are native to the area, and populations of brook, brown, mackinaw and rainbow trout have increased over the years.

The county's top-cast hot spot is arguably Flaming Gorge Reservoir, where trout weighing more than 50 pounds have set records in Wyoming and Utah. The summer season is the best time to catch these trophy trout that have been gorging in the depths all year. Many prime locations throughout the county offer lots of space to set up and reel in some lunkers – and some relaxation. 

  • Lake Flaming Gorge – The 90-mile stretch of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir is home to brown trout, lake trout, rainbow trout, channel catfish, kokanee salmon and small mouth bass. Linwood Bay, next to the Lucerne Marina, is a reliable go-to for reeling in some big ones.
  • Green River – The Green River, south of Fontenelle Reservoir, is home to rainbow and brown trout, as well as smallmouth bass and Snake River cutthroat. Anglers can access the lower Green River along Wyoming 372 and US 189.
  • Black's Fork River – South of the Fort Bridger and Mountain View exits off Interstate 80, Black's Fork River delivers several different types of trout.
  • Fontenelle Reservoir – A mere 40 miles north of Green River, Fontenelle has schools of kokanee salmon in addition to trout. 

Other prime waterways for fishing include: Jim Bridger Pond, Boulder Creek, Hams Fork, LaBarge Creek and spots along the Green River like Daniel Junction, Warren Bridge and the New Fork River.

Fishermen looking for float action can visit one of three marinas on Flaming Gorge Reservoir for everything from boat rentals and fuel and chartered fishing trips. In addition to the marina, two main lodges also provide guided fishing services. For gear, bait and tackle, the towns of Green River and Rock Springs have all the right stuff – including cozy overnight accommodations.

For more information visit www.tourwyoming.com.

About Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com)
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.

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Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.812.8733, gaylene@orecommunications.com

Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jbartlett@tourwyoming.com

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