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Ice fishing opportunities in southeast Wyoming

January 23, 2020
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Laramie - With many hunting seasons now closed and the holidays behind us, it’s a great time to get out and try your luck at ice fishing.

Crystal and Granite Reservoirs at Curt Gowdy State Park are a great choice for a family ice fishing outing. “These reservoirs offer the opportunity for high catch rates of fish, including rainbow trout, large brown trout, and perch,” said Bobby Compton, fisheries supervisor for the Laramie Region. “These lakes are perfect for families for a good day on the ice.”

Lake Hattie west of Laramie offers a good mixed bag with perch, trout and kokanee. The perch are nice sized right now, with opportunities for some bigger fish. If catching walleye is more your thing, head out to Wheatland #3. While they can sometimes prove difficult to catch, there are a lot of walleye in the lake. “We had a bumper walleye crop this year with a lot of 7- to 9-inch fish that added to the overall walleye population, and there’s also the potential to catch a trophy trout at Wheatland 3,” Compton said.  He recommends fishing for walleye at dawn, dusk or at night, and encourages anglers to harvest the currently abundant walleye. “There’s no size limit on walleye at Wheatland 3, and the limit is six fish,” Compton said.

Anglers are reminded that the use of live minnows is prohibited at Wheatland #3, but jigging spoons and rubber-bodied minnowjigs should work well for walleye. Refer to the 2020 fishing regulations for restrictions on using live bait in other areas of southeast Wyoming and throughout the state.

When ice fishing, remember to practice proper etiquette. Give other anglers plenty of space, whether ice fishing or on open water. “If someone is already fishing in your spot, move to another location. Avoid fishing too close to them to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone,” Compton said.

Please keep the following safety tips in mind while ice fishing:

  • Never go on the ice alone.
  • Anglers are discouraged from driving a vehicle onto the ice.
  • Take along plenty of warm clothes. It is also a good idea to keep an extra set of dry clothes nearby.
  • To walk on the ice make sure it is at least 4 inches thick and is clear and solid (8 inches if the ice is cloudy)
  • It is a good idea to wear an ice pick around your neck and bring a throwable flotation device in case someone falls in.
  • Anglers must be in attendance of your rods/tip-ups while ice fishing.
  • When fishing with tip-ups or when fishing more than 2 lines (only on bodies of water under the special winter fishing provisions-check regulations) make sure lines or tip-ups are labeled with the name of the person fishing.
  • Anglers are responsible for checking their own lines.

- WGFD -

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