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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My name is Logan Harrison, I am 21 years old. I was born in the great city of Minot, North Dakota. My father had been sent to the Minot Air Force base, where we lived for four years after I was born. In the year 2000, my father was reassigned to the the F.E. Warren Air Force Base where we ended up staying in smelly, outdated air force housing for three or four years until we moved off the base. I attended Anderson Elementary school and then enrolled into the East High system where I attended Carey Jr. High for three years. After graduating from East High in 2014, I received a scholarship to Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming, to compete on the golf team. During my time there we went to back-to-back National Championships and took second in the region my freshman year, and during my sophomore season we won the Region IX title. I always love a good meal with good company, and I enjoy hanging out and talking with friends and family. I will never pass up an opportunity to pet a dog or any pet. This past winter I took a trip to St. Thomas Island in the Virgin Islands where I stayed with a friend of mine and worked as a kayak guide for seven weeks. That whole experience is something I encourage everyone to do. Get out of your comfort zone and explore a new environment, culture, food, and activities. I went kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking almost everyday. The highlight of my time there was scuba diving, swimming with sharks and exploring an old shipwreck. The ocean is surprisingly very peaceful and magical when you finally reach the bottom. The whole experience taught me that life doesn't actually start until you reach the end of your comfort zone.

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