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Agency gives 'fair to good' fishing report

Apr 29, 2012 - Staff

Above average snowpack in most of Wyoming the past few years will continue to have a positive effect on state fisheries this summer and into the fall, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

In most areas, the runoff should be over sooner this year, which means streams and rivers will likely be in good fishable condition weeks sooner than the past few years, the department said.

In addition, the good water levels of the past few years are carrying over and the ramps are generally accessible around the state.

In central Wyoming, Boysen Reservoir is full but due to lower rainbow trout numbers, fishing is expected to be fair, the agency said.

Boysen walleye anglers should find fair to good fishing in late May and June, and anglers in Ocean Lake should also find fair to good walleye fishing.

Other reservoirs with good opportunity include Pilot Butte Reservoir, which has a good rainbow trout fishery, and Trail and Torrey lakes near Dubois, which have improved rainbow trout populations.

Due to lower snowpack, access to high lakes will come sooner this year with many lakes, depending on elevation, accessible by early to mid July.

High lakes in the Wind River Mountains have a variety of species including rainbow, cutthroat, brook and golden trout, and fishing is generally excellent, the agency stated.

Rivers should be clearing faster than the past few years. The Wind River is fishable now and depending on the rate of runoff should be clearing and fishable again by mid- to late-June.

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