CHEYENNE - The above average snowpack of this past winter has made difficult to impossible fishing conditions on many Wyoming streams, but this same snowpack bodes well for anglers going after their Cutt-Slam later this summer.
In 2013, Wyoming’s Cutt-Slam program continued to be very popular with a record number of anglers receiving recognition for completion of the program. Last year, 141 anglers completed the requirements for certification. Especially noteworthy was that the 1000th Cutt-Slam milestone was reached. That accomplishment was completed by Riverton angler Matt LeClair. This brings the total number of anglers completing the program to 1,083 since the Cutt-Slam was started in 1996.
Anglers who complete the Cutt-Slam are recognized for catching Wyoming’s four subspecies of cutthroat in their native range in Wyoming. The four subspecies are the Yellowstone, Snake River, Bonneville and Colorado River cutthroat trout. Successful anglers receive a certificate listing the name of the angler, color artwork of the four subspecies and notation on the date and location of each catch. The Cutt-Slam program has been featured in national outdoors oriented magazines and on several television programs. Over the years the Cutt-Slam has enjoyed nationwide popularity. Anglers completing the slam come from most states and several foreign countries.
Rules for completing the Cutt-Slam are quite simple. To qualify, an angler needs to provide a photograph of each fish and information on the date of catch and water where it was caught. There is no minimum size requirement. Releasing of fish is encouraged and may be required depending on the regulations for different waters.
One of the key components of the Cutt-Slam is that each of the fish must be caught in their native range in Wyoming. Over the years, several of the cutthroat subspecies have been stocked in waters outside of their native drainages. Cutthroat caught in these waters do not qualify for the Cutt-Slam’s native range requirement. A map showing the native range of the different drainages where the four subspecies can be found is on the Game and Fish website, wgfd.wyo.gov. Click on Fishing then on Cutt-Slam. In addition to the map, the different native drainages of these fish are listed along with phone numbers of the regional Game and Fish offices responsible for fisheries management in each drainage. Anglers can also view the Cutt-Slam certificate and obtain applications on the Game and Fish website.
The program continues to grow in popularity as more and more anglers take advantage of visiting the unique country specific to the native environment of each cutthroat subspecies. Typically, most entries are received in late summer and fall following the spring runoff as anglers take advantage of improved fishing conditions. With the above average snowpack in most native cutthroat waters, it will likely be sometime in July before most of the streams are in good fishable condition. Good fishing is expected to continue into the summer and fall months.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)