Fishing regulations change for 2008
by Wyoming Game & Fish
April 5, 2008
Springtime often brings some of the best fishing of the year, and accompanying that good fishing comes a dramatic increase of the number of anglers and boaters on Wyoming waters.
With that influx of activity, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department urges anglers to check out the new regulations to make sure that when they do venture out they are familiar with any of the regulation changes that are now in effect.
“There have been a number of significant changes in the regulations for 2008 and 2009,” said Dirk Miller, fisheries management coordinator with the Game and Fish Department. “The biggest changes are in creel limits and species restrictions on certain waters.”
For trout, the general creel limit has stayed the same as previous years, allowing anglers six fish of which no more than one can exceed 20 inches. The general statewide trout regulation now separates brook trout, allowing a limit of 16, but no more than six brook trout can exceed eight inches. In addition to creel limit changes for brook trout, there are a number of waters where creel limits have been changed from previous years. These changes often involve length of fish that can be kept and creel limits regarding different trout species.
The first section of the regulations booklet contains general information on creel limits, license requirements and Wyoming laws and regulations. The booklet also has five separate sections for each of the state’s major drainages. Each section contains a map of that drainage along with regulations and seasons that differ from the general statewide regulations.
To determine which regulations are new or have been revised, anglers can look for the blue and yellow highlighted information throughout the booklet. Of particular note are the drainage-wide regulations that are highlighted in yellow. Anglers should note that not all waters are listed in the booklet. Only waters with exceptions to the general fishing and boating regulations are listed. If a specific water is not listed, it simply means that the general seasons and creel limits apply.
Fisheries regulations are available at all Game and Fish license agencies, on the Game and Fish Web site http://gf.state.wy.us or by calling (307) 777-4600.