Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism Invites
Independent Fishermen to Cast a Line in Southwest
Wyoming Jul 29, 2014

Sweetwater County Travel & Tourism Invites Independent Fishermen
to Cast a Line in Southwest Wyoming

Sweetwater County, Wyo.Sweetwater County Travel and Tourism has an invitation for fishermen and women looking for a secluded, yet sensational, fishing experience: come to Southwest Wyoming! The peaceful waters in and around the high-desert expanse of Sweetwater County lure fishermen and women who just want to get away from it all. 

Free-spirited fishermen enjoy the feast of fishing options in Sweetwater. From tail waters and reservoirs to streams and rivers, Sweetwater County will lure you in! There are four native species of trout in the area: brook, brown, mackinaw and rainbow, in addition to kokanee salmon channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and more.

For gear, bait and tackle, the towns of Green River and Rock Springs have everything you’ll need – including cozy overnight accommodations to rest up for your next adventure, tasty restaurants to refuel, and bars/breweries to share fish tales over a cold one. 

Many prime locations throughout Sweetwater County offer lots of space to set up for “fish on!” and relaxation all at the same time. Here are a few more details on what locals suggest as some of the best fishing holes in the county.

  • Flaming Gorge Reservoir

The Flaming Gorge Reservoir is the crown jewel for fishing in Sweetwater County. These waters were home to the record-breaking 51 lb. 8 oz. lake trout, and the states’ largest fish are still found in the reservoir. What the reservoir provides in size, it also matches in variety, offering burbot, brown trout, channel catfish, kokanee salmon, lake trout, rainbow trout and smallmouth bass. With ample water surface and depth, many fishing techniques are plausible options:  trolling, vertical jigging, fly-fishing and more. With boat ramps and camping spots, the Flaming Gorge Reservoir has everything you need for a fabulous fishing vacation.

Directions: From Rock Springs, follow US 191 South for 17 miles, then turn right on County Road 33 to Big Firehole. Or follow Wyoming 530 South from Green River.

  • Green River/Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge

The upper segment of the Green River flows through Sweetwater County and provides burbot, brown trout, channel catfish, kokanee salmon, lake trout, mountain whitefish, rainbow trout, and snake river cutthroat. The best thing about the Green River isn’t even what you’ll catch, but the scenic desert oasis you’ll be surrounded by as you cast your lure. Find a shoreline, or to make things more memorable, float the river in a drift boat or rubber raft. The Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge is 36 miles long and is open to the public.   

Directions: There are several access points along Wyoming 372 between Green River and U.S. 189. 

  • Jim Bridger Pond

Close to Green River and Rock Springs, Jim Bridger is a fantastic family fishery for you to get a day out on the water with your loved ones. There is plenty of room for to spread out and reel in the variety of fish that live here, including burbot, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, splake, and snake river cutthroat.  The pond has a boat ramp, so bring vessels are welcomed.

Directions: Turn north from Exit 130 (Point of Rocks exit) on Interstate 80. Follow black-top road to the Jim Bridger Power Plant. The pond is on the left.

  • Big Sandy Reservoir

The Big Sandy Reservoir covers about 2,500 surface acres and allows for boating (complete with a boat ramp for easy in and out), camping, wind surfing, recreational opportunities, and fun! You’ll be able to lure in burbot and brown trout on these waters.

Directions: Follow U.S. 191 10 miles north from Farson, then turn right (east) and continue 1.8 miles to the reservoir.

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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