Southwest Wyoming Fisheries
BLM administered public lands in the Rock Springs area contain nearly 600 miles of streams and rivers. They range from those that flow only intermittently early in the spring and summer to relatively large rivers such as the Green River. The major reservoirs in the area are Flaming Gorge, Fontenelle, and Big Sandy. Most of the smaller streams contain only non-game fish like speckled dace, fathead minnow, mottled sculpin or bonneville redside shiner. Larger streams, such as the Green River, Big Sandy River, Little Sandy River, Sweetwater River and others contain game fish which could include rainbow, brown, brook or cutthroat trout, kokanee salmon and mountain whitefish. The large reservoirs may also contain these species along with lake trout, channel catfish and smallmouth bass.
There are some fish species that are considered sensitive due to low population numbers. These include the colorado river cutthroat trout, flannelmouth sucker, bluehead sucker, and roundtail chub. Special fishing regulations are in place by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for the colorado river cutthroat trout in an effort to increase the population. Fishing regulations, seasons and fees may be viewed on the Wyoming Game & Fish web site.
Public lands here provide thousands of fisherman-days worth of recreation and many fishing streams are easily accessible. However, access to public lands may be gained only on public roads or on routes having public easements. All public lands intersected by a public road may be used by the general public free of charge. Public lands surrounded by private land with no public access may not be used without permission from the private landowner.
The Ashley and Bridger-Teton National Forests are located adjacent to the Rock Springs Field Office boundary and provide excellent fishing opportunities, particularly in high elevation mountain stream and lake fishing and at Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Here are web sites for the Ashley National Forest and the web site for the Wind River portion of the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
The Sweetwater River provides many opportunities for fishing and camping.