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Around Our Town...Recreation


05/01/2005 - Spring is a great time for fishing in Central Wyoming and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department encourages anglers to get out and enjoy Wyoming's great outdoors.

"The fishing is usually pretty good this time of year," said Al Conder, Regional Fisheries Supervisor for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. "With cooler water temperatures, springtime offers a lot of fishing opportunity."

Here are a few of Central Wyoming's hot fishing spots.

North Platte River – from Gray Reef to Glenrock: The North Platte River fishery between Gray Reef Dam and the dam at Dave Johnston Power Plant near Glenrock is still one of the nation's premier fishing destinations. The average trout in this stretch of river runs nearly 17 inches and weighs in at a whopping 2 pounds. Anglers should also note there is a new public access area adjacent to the Dave Johnston Power Plant.

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Miracle Mile: Recent habitat improvements to Miracle Mile should help increase the number of trout in this world-renowned fishery. With the rainbow trout spawn underway, anglers should see good luck using egg patterns. Check with local fly shops for the latest information on fishing conditions at the Mile.

Alcova Reservoir: Consistent water levels at Alcova Reservoir result in excellent fishing for Wyoming anglers. Rainbow trout dominate this fishery, with brown trout, cutthroat trout and walleye present in lower numbers. While walleye numbers are low compared to other area reservoirs, Alcova does produce a few trophy (10+ pound) walleye each year.

Pathfinder Reservoir: Although the reservoir is experiencing its lowest water levels since 1994, trout have been biting well on jigs tipped with minnows so far this spring. The average trout has been running about 15 inches, or about 1.4 pounds. Walleye in Pathfinder average about 15.6 inches.

Seminoe Reservoir: This reservoir is known as an excellent rainbow trout fishery and for occasionally producing 10+ pound walleye. Rainbows average 14.2 inches and 1.1 pounds and walleye averaged 14.6 inches and 1.4 pounds. However, a walleye measuring 31.8 inches and weighing 11.8 pounds was netted during recent fish surveys.

Fishing with kids: If you are taking children fishing, choose waters that offer relatively fast action to keep the kids' attention. A great place near Casper to take a kid fishing is Yesness Pond. This is the small reservoir off Wyoming Boulevard in Casper. The Game and Fish Department recently stocked 1,000 catchable sized trout (9 inches) into Yesness Pond. Sunfish are also establishing a population and can provide some very fast action.

Anglers over age 14 must purchase a Wyoming fishing license in order to fish. An annual resident fishing license costs $19 for adults. A resident youth fishing license is available for $3 per year for children between ages 14 and 18. Resident children under age 14 do not need a license to fish and their creel limit is the same as those requiring licenses.

The Game and Fish Department will offer a free fishing day on June 4, 2005. Residents and nonresidents may fish Wyoming waters (excluding Wind River Indian Reservation and Yellowstone National Park, which are not regulated by the State of Wyoming) without a fishing license or conservation stamp.

For more information on fishing locations or regulation, contact the Casper Game and Fish office at 473-3400 or online at http://gf.state.wy.us.xcluding Wind River Indian Reservation and Yellowstone National Park) without a fishing license or conservation stamp

Residents and fish Wyoming waters (excluding Wind River Indian Reservation and Yellowstone National Park) without a fishing license or residents may fish Wyoming waters (excluding Wind River Indian Reservation and Yellowstone National Park) without a fishing license or conservation stamp

•Residents and nonresidents may fish Wyoming waters (excluding Wind River Indian Reservation and Yellowstone National Park) without a fishing license or conservation stamp

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