Little Popo Agie River - Fishing

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Summary

The Little Popo Agie (Little Po) runs through scenic Red Canyon and offers prime fishing for rainbows, browns and whitefish beneath towering salmon-colored cliffs.

Written by

Molly Absolon

Distance

0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

9.6 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours

2 hours or more

Seasonality

Summer and Winter

Before and after spring runoff

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

Yes

Wyoming fishing license.

Review

Intro

The Little Popo Agie River (Little Po) is home to browns, rainbows and whitefish. The river flows down out of the Wind River Mountains and into Red Canyon south of Lander. This section is extremely picturesque. Salmon-colored sandstone cliffs tower above the river bottom, framing one side of the valley, while to the west, the foothills of the Wind Rivers angle up out of lowland pastures, through sagebrush hillsides and into the lodgepole forests of the mountains above. 

What Makes It Great

Most anglers wade the Little Po between two clearly marked public fishing access points, which are approximately 1 mile apart as the crow flies. The river usually flows at around 35 cfs.

The fish in the Little Po average between 12 to 15 inches with an occasional 18-inch lunker. The best times to fish are in the spring before the runoff and then again after water levels drop in midsummer. The river usually is too low to fish by the end of August.

Who is Going to Love It

The possibility of catching decent sized fish in a gorgeous setting? Who wouldn't love that?

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

To get to the two public fishing access points along the Little Po, follow Highway 28 south out of Lander past the Rawlins junction. A little over half a mile after the junction, roughly 9.6 miles from town, you’ll turn right onto Red Canyon Road and proceed to one of two well-marked public fishing access points on the left. 

All anglers in Wyoming need a fishing license. Kids under 14 can fish for free, but nonresident youth must accompany an adult with a license. You can buy an annual or daily fishing license online at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department website, from a WGFD office, or from licensed providers. In Lander, Wild Iris Mountain Sports, the Popo One Stop and the Good Place sell licenses.

Location

Little Popo Agie River

Red Canyon
Lander, WY, 82520
42.703411, -108.65527

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