Guide to Cold Water Fishing
What To Catch and Where to Catch ‘Em
Sweetwater County is an outdoor paradise that provides its visitors a place to get away from it all and into some real adventure. Fishing is the perfect combination of escape and excitement, and Sweetwater offers some great cold water fishing experiences. With plenty to catch and places to reel ‘em in, there’s endless potential to create your ultimate fishing vacation.
Our waters support large lake trout and kokanee salmon and smaller rainbow trout, channel catfish, smallmouth bass, and more. Here’s a quick rundown of our recommended places to fish, what you’ll catch, and other amenities that will help make the most of your trip:
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 state’s 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 your 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 you and yours 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 your vessel and get out there!
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.
Outfitters and Resources
You don’t want to be down river without a paddle, so make sure you use Sweetwater’s many fishing resources to make the most of your experience.
You’ll find that the most important resource you can contact is the Wyoming Game & Fish Department. This government organization has an extremely useful guide to make sure your fishing vacation is both safe and fun.
Local outfitters in Sweetwater County can make sure you have the most productive day out on the water. Here are a few of our suggested outfitters:
Buckboard Marina — Flaming Gorge
Highland Desert Flies — Green River
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Addictive Fishing — Green River
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