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"Mark, what is a blue ribbon stream, and where are Wyoming’s located?"

A blue ribbon stream is a designation given to trout fisheries that are extremely high-quality for anglers and wildlife enthusiasts. Blue ribbon streams in Wyoming are those with greater than 600 pounds of trout per mile. These represent the top 3-5 percent of rivers or streams in the state for trout production.

Waters on the list include:

  • North Platte River - Colorado line to Casper
  • Bighorn River - near Thermopolis
  • Shoshone River - near Cody
  • Snake River - Jackson Lake to Idaho
  • Middle Fork Powder River - near Kaycee
  • Encampment River - near Riverside
  • Wind River - near Dubois
  • Sand Creek - near Sundance
  • Salt River - near Alpine
  • New Fork River - near Pinedale
In these waters, you can plan to catch a variety of trout species, including: rainbow, brown, cutthroat and the occasional brook trout. The blue ribbon streams are all great fishing destinations to plan a trip to this spring or summer, and you can buy your license online.

Mark Smith
Assistant Fisheries Management Coordinator

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