Several new fishing regulations will go into effect with the New Year. These changes came about because of action by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission last fall and went through a series of public meetings.

Of interest to anglers and live baitfish dealers is the change that allows transport of live baitfish into the state from approved commercial hatcheries. The regulation includes new requirements specific to live baitfish importation. The new regulation will allow those holding a commercial hatchery license or a live baitfish dealer license to import fathead minnows from Game and Fish approved commercial sources outside the State of Wyoming.

“This regulation was changed specifically to improve the live baitfish supply for those anglers that prefer to use live baitfish,” said Game and Fish fisheries chief, Mark Fowden. “We are confident the safeguards we have put in place by only allowing baitfish to be imported from secure sources will make it easier for anglers to get baitfish and still prevent introduction of unwanted species into Wyoming waters.”
Other changes include a change in state law that allows the use of corn for bait and the use of artificial lighting devices while fishing. The regulation will continue to prohibit the use of artificial light when spear gunning for game fish.
Of interest to bass anglers is the liberalization of the size limit regulation for bass on several southeastern Wyoming waters. Festo Lake and Hawk Springs Reservoir have had the bass size limit removed completely. On Grayrocks Reservoir, the 15- inch minimum size limit has been removed. Anglers can now keep three bass but only one can be over 12 inches in length.
The new fishing regulations booklet listing all changes is now on the Game and Fish website Printed copies are now available at license selling agents. The new changes are highlighted throughout the booklet.

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