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NEWS

Wyoming Game and Fish Department personnel stock fish through the ice at Gelatt Lake near Laramie in 2019. As the weather warms up, Game and Fish will increase fish-stocking efforts
throughout the state. (Photo by Chris Martin/WGFD)

Spring signals increased
fish stocking efforts
CHEYENNE - It's spring in Wyoming
and that means the Wyoming Game and
Fish Department is amping up fish stocking
throughout the state.
Travis Trimble, Game and Fish assistant
fish culture supervisor, said this year's stocking
plans are similar to 2020 when Game and Fish
stocked 7.1 million fish in Wyoming waters.
About two-thirds of those 7.1 million fish were
trout and kokanee salmon raised in Wyoming's
10 fish hatcheries and rearing stations. The
rest were cool and warm-water fish brought
in from out of state. Some of those species
include walleye, channel catfish and crappie.
The majority of fish stocked in Wyoming
are in large reservoirs and other standing
waters. Game and Fish is planning to stock
more than 300 standing waters this year.
" Stream and river stocking is limited to
larger rivers where habitat and water flow are
impacted by dams, " said Dave Zafft, Game
and Fish fisheries management coordinator.
" Although stocking is vital for large rivers,
reservoirs and some lakes, anglers should know

that when fishing most rivers and streams
around the state they are pursuing wild trout. "
Zafft said Game and Fish stocks about
400,000 trout per year in Wyoming streams,
and 80 percent of those go into sections of
four major rivers: North Platte River downstream of Seminoe Reservoir, Bighorn River
downstream from Thermopolis, Shoshone
River downstream from Cody and the Green
River downstream from Fontenelle Reservoir
and upstream of Warren Bridge near Daniel.
Zafft said Game and Fish stocks about 40
reaches of smaller streams and rivers that have
proven to be incapable of supporting enough
trout to satisfy angling pressure. He added
there are 24,500 miles of rivers and streams
in Wyoming that have game fish populations.
Out of those, Game and Fish stocks fewer than
900 miles, less than 4 percent.
Fish stocking plays an important role in
providing anglers opportunities to catch fish
and for Game and Fish to maintain populations around Wyoming.

Know more about
fish stocking in
your area
The Wyoming Game and Fish
Department's fish stocking app
provides information on where,
when, size, species and amount of
fish stocked. Anglers can search for
current stocking data and view past
reports dating back to 1985. The easyto-use search function allows viewers
to narrow their search by year, species
of fish, county and name of waterway.
Check out the fish stocking app at
https://wgfapps.wyo.gov/FishStock/
FishStock.

- Robert Gagliardi, WGFD

		

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https://wgfapps.wyo.gov/FishStock/FishStock

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