CODY - Beginning April 1, the North Fork arm of Buffalo Bill Reservoir and the lower 28 miles of the North Fork Shoshone River and its tributaries will be closed to fishing.
More than 50 years ago, fisheries managers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department recognized the need to reduce fishing pressure on fish migrating up the North Fork of the Shoshone River from Buffalo Bill Reservoir to spawn. Their approach was to implement seasonal restrictions on fishing—this approach is still used today.
“The North Fork of the Shoshone and Buffalo Bill Reservoir are very productive wild fisheries, which means they do not receive supplemental stocking with hatchery fish,” said Cody Region Fisheries Biologist Jason Burckhardt. “If we are to keep the quality fishing anglers have come to expect from these fisheries, we must protect the spawning run by implementing a seasonal fishing closure.”
The closure includes a portion of the North Fork Shoshone River, its tributaries, and a portion of Buffalo Bill Reservoir. The North Fork Shoshone River, as well as its tributaries from—and including—Newton Creek downstream to Gibbs Bridge will be closed from April 1 through June 30. The North Fork arm of Buffalo Bill Reservoir from that portion lying west of a straight line connecting the mouths of Rattlesnake Creek and Sheep Creek (commonly known as Spring Creek) up drainage to Gibbs Bridge will be closed April 1 through July 14.
See the 2012-2013 fishing regulation booklet for more information. The booklet is available at all license selling agents, Game and Fish offices and wgfd.wyo.gov.
(Contact: Cody Regional Office (307) 527-7125)