CHEYENNE - Walk-in area fishing atlases for 2012 are now available at Game and Fish offices and license agencies throughout the state. The atlases contain maps showing the fishing areas and list the species of fish available in each area.
The Walk-in program has been responsible for establishing access to streams, lakes, and ponds throughout Wyoming. Walk-in fishing areas are part of the same public access program that provides walk-in and hunter management area access for hunting on private lands.
According to Game and Fish public land access coordinator Matt Buhler, fishing areas now available through the walk-in fishing access program encompass 4,944 acres of lake/pond access and nearly 107 miles of stream access on private lands. Buhler said that many of these areas allow anglers to get through private lands to get to public lands where much more access is available.
Buhler reminded anglers to respect the private lands they are using. "There is a great opportunity to get outside and takeadvantage of the fishing areas provided to anglers through the walk-in fishing program," Buhler said. "This opportunityis provided only because private landowners choose to enroll their property for fishing access."
The walk-in fishing areas supplement the more than 100 places to fish that anglers can access through Game and Fish public access easements and Game and Fish wildlife habitat management areas. In addition, Wyoming has extensive public fishing opportunities on National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and Wyoming State lands.
The walk-in atlas contains 58 fishing spots in11 drainages. In addition to WGFD offices and license agents, atlases can be found on line on the Game and Fish Website. Fishing atlases are valid for thecalendar year.
The walk-in program is funded to a large extent through the Game and Fish AccessYes program from contributions of anglers and hunters usually at the time of license purchase and application.
"All access locations in a walk-in or hunter management area are brought to you through donations made to AccessYes" Buhler said. "All donations go directly to the easements for your access."
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)