Some fine fishing opportunities can be found in a variety of lakes, streams and rivers around Sheridan.

Fishermen from novice to expert will find everything from walleye, crappie and perch to rainbow, brown, cutthroat and brook trout in the waters of northern Wyoming and southern Montana.

In town, youth and adults will find good fishing at Sam Mavrakis Pond and in the Big Goose, Little Goose and Goose creeks that wind through town and can be accessed in several parks like Kendrick Park and South Park.

Kleenburn Recreation Area near Acme approximately 12 miles north of Sheridan offers two ponds that are stocked with fish by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Connor Battlefield Park in Ranchester and Scott Bicentennial Park in Dayton both offer access to the Tongue River and some good fishing.

South of Sheridan near Buffalo, Lake DeSmet offers a good population of rainbow and brown trout. North of Sheridan in Montana’s Tongue River Reservoir, fishermen will find walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike, not to mention some of the best spring crappie fishing in the west, according to Sheridan fishing guide and professional fly tier Gordon Rose.

Both reservoirs are also popular ice fishing destinations in the winter.

Lake fishermen looking for mountain scenery will enjoy Sibley Lake, Twin Lakes and Park Reservoir in the Bighorn National Forest. All three lakes are within an hour’s drive of Sheridan and contain rainbow, brook and lake trout for the catching.

Those looking for a little more adventure and less people can find high-mountain lake and stream fishing for rainbow, brook and brown trout in the Cloud Peak Wilderness in the Bighorn Mountains, accessible only by foot or horseback. Trips can range from a day hike to a multi-day 15-mile trek into lakes beneath 12,000- and 13,000-foot peaks like Cloud Peak and Black Tooth Mountain.

“You could almost visit a different mountain stream in the forest every weekend and still not fish them all over the course of one summer,” Rose said.

He said one of the most popular streams is the “catch and release” section of the North Tongue River above Burgess Junction on U.S. Highway 14. There, fly fishermen have been known to catch cutthroat trout 10 to 20 inches in length.

Other favorites are the Little Big Horn River, the South Tongue River and the headwaters of Shell Creek. Montana’s famous Big Horn River, considered one of the best trout rivers in the country, is only 90 miles north of Sheridan.


More information

Check out the outdoor page on for a weekly fishing report from Gordon Rose, a local fly tier and fishing guide. The Bighorn National Forest website also offers maps and information.