Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism Fishing Expert
Offers Ice Fishing Tips Dec 11, 2013

Southwest Wyoming Travel Destination a Huge Draw for Four-Season Fishing 

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County, at the junction of Interstate 80 and Highway 191 in southwest Wyoming, is one of the region’s most popular ice fishing destinations. Whether it’s your first time out with an ice auger or you are a pro at reeling in the cold water catch, Sweetwater County’s ice fishing expert and Director of the City of Green River Parks & Recreation, Allan Wilson, offers these tips and tricks for an incredible ice fishing outing.

Know the rules.
Wyoming Game & Fish Department provides an ice report and fishing regulations that are must-haves for any ice fisherman. This is also where anglers need to go to get a fishing license. Daily fishing licenses cost $6 for residents and $14 for non-residents. The Flaming Gorge website is another good tool to browse before you go out.

Pick your spot.
The Flaming Gorge Reservoir straddles the Wyoming/Utah border, and Wilson says the best fishing holes are on the Wyoming side of the lake. “When ice comes on, it starts at Fire Hole and then moves down the lake to Anvil Draw,” says Wilson. “Fontenelle Lake is another good fishing spot right by the boat ramp and the dam,” he adds. Finally, don’t underestimate the power of local advice. “The locals in Sweetwater County are very friendly, and most will be happy to offer suggestions of their favorite fishing holes,” suggests Wilson.

Know what you’re fishing.
The Flaming Gorge is known for its big lake trout and rainbows, and in some years you can even get into kokanee. Fontenelle Lake offers good opportunities for brown and rainbow trout. Burbot – an invasive species that isn’t native to the area but is very prolific in the waters – are also fishable from dusk to sunrise.

Gear up.
In order to safely ice fish you’ll need apparel for cold weather (layers are recommended), as well as warm boots. An ice auger is needed to drill a hole in the ice – there are powered augers or hand-crank versions. An ice heater and icehouse are helpful. You also might consider a sled to carry your gear. And, of course, you’ll need a rod and reel, bait and fishing jigs.

Put safety first. 

Never go out alone, advises Wilson, no matter how much experience you have ice fishing. Use an auger or spud to test the ice thickness on the way out.  Also, carry ice hooks that are connected to a rope that thread through the sleeves of your coat. That way, if you fall in, you can grasp the ice and pull yourself out. It’s also a good idea to have some rope with you to use to throw out to someone that needs help.

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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