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Big fish at Wheatland Reservoir #3

November 23, 2018
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Laramie -

he Laramie Region Fisheries Management crew completed annual fall sampling at Wheatland Reservoir #3 and the news is good for anglers.

Rainbow trout abundance has not changed since 2017, but the fish are getting bigger. The percentage of rainbow trout 20 inches or longer increased from 28 percent to 53 percent. The average length for rainbows was 19 inches, with the largest fish 25 inches and weighing 8 pounds.

Brown trout averaged 26 inches, with the largest measuring 29 inches and weighing nearly 11 pounds.

Approximately 4,500 tiger trout were stocked in Wheatland Reservoir #3 in 2017 when they were only 4 inches long, and one was captured this year had already grown to 16.5 inches.

Walleye abundance remains high and the average length was 15 inches. The largest Walleye captured was 27 inches and 7.5 pounds. However, the number of walleye greater than 20 inches decreased between 2017 and 2018.

- WGFD -

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