May 29, 2015
The Wellsville Bridge area of upper Bighorn Sheep Canyon has some great winter water and, above the bridge, plenty of public access. Below the bridge is private for a couple of miles but ArkAnglers leases the fishing rights to this water and makes access available through rod-fee fishing. Cost is $80/person dawn to dusk.
The Wellsville Bridge crosses the Arkansas River with a county road about three miles below Salida East. Just above the bridge, the river begins a two mile passage through private land on both sides. Also above the bridge is a popular parking area for wade anglers, providing access to some excellent water. There are also numerous pullouts along the highway between there and Salida East. By crossing the Wellsville Bridge and continuing downstream on the north side of the river, one will come to the Point Barr area, where primitive BLM camping is allowed.
Current Flow rate: 1,100 cfs