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Wyoming Youth Fish Challenge
Wyoming Youth Fish Challenge

The Wyoming Youth Fish Challenge Program aims to provide you with angling challenges that will expand your fishing skills! By identifying different Wyoming watersheds and fish species and determining the appropriate methods of catching a particular fish in a particular place you will hone your angling. To prove your prowess the Wyoming Game and Fish will issue collectable certificates to all eligible youth who complete one of the following challenges! Go catch a fish! In fact, catch a number of them!

Who Can Go for the Youth Fish Challenge?

Any youth (resident or nonresident, 18 years of age and under) fishing Wyoming waters.

What Do I Need to do to Earn a Certificate?

• All fish must be caught in Wyoming

• Photos must be taken with the youth and the fish at the body of water of where the fish was caught

• Verification sheet must be submitted to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for authorization

• Fish can be caught over multiple years, prior to the angler’s 19th birthday

• Native fish do not have to be taken from their native range, unless it is the Cutt-Slam

• Youth who successfully complete any slam will receive a color certificate recognizing them for their accomplishments and showing the species caught. Please send in the verification sheet along with photos and all other information requested on the sheet to be eligible.

What are the Challenges I can try for?

CUTT SLAM – Catch Wyoming’s four cutthroat trout subspecies in their native range in Wyoming

TROUT TRIO – Catch any three separate species or sub-species of trout found in Wyoming including: brook, brown, rainbow, cutthroats, kokanee, tiger, splake, lake, and golden

COOL CATCH – Catch any one of the following species: golden, grayling, tiger trout, northern pike, tiger musky, kokanee, or whitefish

WYOMING’S WILD ONE – Catch any one of these fish that are native to Wyoming: sauger, channel catfish, stonecat, black bullhead, whitefish, shovelnose sturgeon, burbot. Unlike the Cutt-Slam, they do not need to be from their native drainages

PAN PAIR – Catch any two species or sub-species found in Wyoming: bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed, yellow perch, rock bass, black crappie, white crappie

HABITAT COUNTS – Catch a fish from three of the different habitats: lakes, beaver ponds, tail waters, small streams, and rivers

PERCID PRIZE – Catch two of the three fish in the percidae family: walleye, sauger, or yellow perch

BASS BATTLE – Catch any one of the following: smallmouth bass or largemouth bass

HATCHERY HOP – visit four separate Wyoming fish hatcheries or rearing stations, must send pictures with hatchery sign

MASTER ANGLER – Complete any five of the nine total challenges to receive special recognition from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Trout Unlimited, The North Platte Walleyes Unlimited, and the 4-H Sportfishing Program

The Wyoming Youth Fish Challenge Program aims to provide you with angling challenges that will expand your fishing skills! By identifying different Wyoming watersheds and fish species and determining the appropriate methods of catching a particular fish in a particular place you will hone your angling.

arrow Fish Challenge Application
arrow Fish Challenge Certificate (Sample)

Send an email to janet.milek@wyo.gov for more information on the Wyoming Youth Fish Challenge.

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