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Ice Fishing at Flaming Gorge Reservoir

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Your Ice Fishing Destination Locations and Tournaments

Looking to hook a burbot or trout this winter? Sweetwater County, Wyoming is the place to be! With three favorite Sweetwater fishing locations open year round, ice anglers won’t be at a loss for places to drop a line. Enjoy the catch more than the relaxation? All three of the Sweetwater County ice fishing locations allow up to six lines per fisherman, as opposed to the normal two. For more ice fishing regulations, please visit The Wyoming Game and Fish Department website. Check out our guide to the best ice fishing locations this winter and get fishing today!

Flaming Gorge Reservoir

Located in southwestern Wyoming, the Flaming Gorge Reservoir is the most popular ice fishing location in Sweetwater County. Not only is it quite large—91 miles long with more than 350 miles of shoreline—but it is also home to a large variety of fish including lake trout, rainbow trout, Kokanee salmon, and smallmouth bass. In the winter, anglers try to catch trout and the burbot through the ice, particularly in areas such as Firehole on the Green River arm, Halfway Hollow on the Black’s Fork arm, and the Confluence area.

The Burbot Bash

The Flaming Gorge Reservoir is also home to the annual “Burbot Bash,” which, as a “catch and keep” competition, aims to get rid of as many of the non-native fish as possible. This competition began when the reservoir’s predator burbot population began threatening the reservoir’s native species. Every winter since 2009, the ice fishing contest has offered participants prizes for most, biggest, and smallest burbot caught. Prizes include up to $10,000 of cash and prizes. This year's contest will be held January 25, 26, & 27, 2019.
Don’t miss out on this annual attempt to control the burbot population in the Flaming Gorge Reservoir—and WIN some prizes while you’re at it!

Getting There

From Green River, Wyoming, take WY Highway 530 south. From Rock Springs, Wyoming, take US Highway 191 south. From Vernal Utah, take US Highway 191 north. You won’t miss it! 

Fontenelle Reservior

Although much of Fontenelle Reservoir is located in Lincoln County to the north of Sweetwater, it does dip into northwest Sweetwater County. The reservoir is quite a bit smaller than Flaming Gorge, but still sizeable, at up to 20 miles long with about 56 miles of shoreline. In the wintertime, anglers can catch rainbow, brown, cutthroat, and lake trout through the ice, and burbot have also recently established themselves in the reservoir.

LaBarge Ding-The-Ling Ice-Fishing Derby

LaBarge Activities Committee sponsors the annual Ding-The-Ling Ice-Fishing Derby! Teams of 2-4 are eligible for prizes up to $10,000! Check out the derby poster full of prize details, contest information, and registration too. This year's contest will be held February 8, 9, & 10, 2019.
Join in on the fun at Fontenelle Reservoir—Get entered into the Ling-Cha-Ching! And WIN many prizes that are great for the whole family and your friends!

Getting There

Located off of Highway 189, approximately 30 miles north of Kemmerer, Wyoming and 24 miles southeast of La Barge, Wyoming, this Green River reservoir is easy to find.

Big Sandy Reservior

Originally a Bureau of Reclamation Project intended for irrigation, the 85-foot Big Sandy Dam creates a reservoir on the Big Sandy River that now hosts several recreational activities, including ice fishing. Because Big Sandy Reservoir has no on-site law enforcement or manager, ice anglers must fish at their own risk. This 2,500-acre reservoir is home to such fish as brown trout, cutthroat trout, and burbot in the winter. Be prepared to rough it while fishing the Big Sandy Reservoir—the facilities that do exist are very primitive!

Getting There

Situated to the north of Sweetwater County off of Highway 191, about 15 miles north of Farson, Wyoming, Big Sandy Reservoir can only be accessed by a county road. This road is not maintained, so it might require a 4-wheel drive vehicle during periods of heavy rain or snow. 

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