ULTIMATE SUMMER FUN GUIDE: Local fishing spots

Cheyenne is not typically considered a good fishing spot compared to the rest of the state.Places like Casper, Jackson, and Green River are more popular spots, but Cheyenne has some good locations to offer without having to drive or hike. There are two lakes in the middle of Cheyenne, and two reservoirs located west of Cheyenne.

In order to fish these spots one must purchase a fishing license through the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. A resident daily pass is $6 and an annual pass is $27. A nonresident of Wyoming can purchase a daily pass for $14, annual for $102, or a five day pass for $56. There are five locations in Cheyenne where a license can be purchased, including both Wal-Mart stores, T’s Camping Essentials, Sportsman’s warehouse and Big 5 Sporting Goods.

 

Lake Absarraca

Where: NW of Carey and Kennedy Road, near 1-80.

What is it: Popular Cheyenne fishing spot offering picnic facilities, restrooms, campground and a plethora of different fish species such as: Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Pumpkinseed fish, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch and Yellowstone Cutthroat.

Cost: Free

More Info: wgfd.wyo.gov or cheyennecity.org

 

Sloan’s Lake

When: Summer season starts June 6 to August 27.

Where: Located in Lions Park off of Carey Avenue, near the Botanical Gardens.

What is it: A lake with a shoreline and dock, they offer boat rentals and have several good locations to fish. Boat rentals will be available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting, and they have options of renting a paddle boat, canoe, or kayak. Sloan’s lake is stocked with Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, Pumpkinseed fish, Rainbow Trout, and Yellow Perch.

Cost: Free with fishing license. Paddle Boats are $6 for 30 minutes, $9 for an hour. Canoes are $5 for 30 minutes, $8 for an hour. Kayaks are $4 for 30 minutes, $6 for an hour.  

More Info: wgfd.wyo.gov or cheyennecity.org

 

Crystal Reservoir

Where: Follow Wyoming 210 (Happy Jack Road) 14.5 miles west from Cheyenne, then turn left and continue six miles to the lake on Crystal Lake Road (Curt Gowdy State Park).

What is it: Located in Curt Gowdy State Park, Crystal reservoir is the smaller of the two reservoirs, but offers great sites for camping, fishing, as well as boating (15 horsepower limit). There are several hiking and mountain bike trails that can be assessed from the reservoir (trail map found online). The reservoir is stocked with species like Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Yellow Perch.

Cost: Free with fishing license.

More info: wgfd.wyo.gov or wyoparks.state.wy.us or Cheyenne.org

 

Granite Reservoir

Where: Follow County Road 210 (Happy Jack Road) 24 miles west from Cheyenne. Look for Curt Gowdy State Park sign on south side of the road.

What is it: The bigger of the two reservoirs, Granite can be found deeper into Curt Gowdy State Park. Granite offers plenty of space for water sports, camping, and fishing. There are several hiking and mountain bike trails that can be assessed from the reservoir (trail map found online). Granite is stocked with fish species such as: Brown Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee Salmon, and Yellow Perch.

Cost: Free with fishing license.

More info: wgfd.wyo.gov or wyoparks.state.wy.us or Cheyenne.org

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