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Area 5 Regulations

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Area 5 means the North Platte River, Sweetwater River and South Platte River drainages. Fishing is permitted as described on Statewide Creel Limits and Statewide Regulations except as otherwise specified in this section:

Category

Creel and Possession Limits

Trout (in combination includes brown, cutthroat, grayling, golden, rainbow, salmon, splake, tiger trout, and other trout hybrids). Excludes brook trout and lake trout. All lakes within Area 5, unless indicated otherwise: six (6)

All streams within Area 5, unless indicated otherwise: three (3) No more than one (1) trout shall exceed sixteen (16) inches.

TOTAL STREAMS AND LAKES COMBINED: six (6)

Brook trout All lakes within Area 5, unless indicated otherwise: six (6)

All streams within Area 5, unless indicated otherwise: sixteen (16)

TOTAL STREAMS AND LAKES COMBINED: sixteen (16)

Burbot (ling) Nongame fish, unlimited harvest. Must be killed immediately.
Northern pike Nongame fish, unlimited harvest. Must be killed immediately.

  1. A&M Reservoir in Sweetwater County.
    • Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
  2. Alcova Reservoir in Natrona County.
    • The creel limit on walleye shall be twelve (12) per day or in possession.
    • The two (2) fish limit on walleye taken by spear gun (Statewide Regulations) shall not apply.
  3. Bryan Stock Trail Pond in Natrona County.
    • Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
  4. Bump Sullivan Reservoir in Goshen County.
    • Closed to fishing from November 1 through the last day of February.
  5. Crow Creek, Dale Creek, Horse Creek and Lodgepole Creek drainages on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest (Pole Mountain District) upstream from the forest boundary in Albany County.
    • The creel limit on brook trout shall be six (6) per day or in possession.
  6. Crystal Reservoir in Laramie County.
    • Motorized watercraft in excess of fifteen (15) horsepower prohibited.
  7. Dome Rock Reservoir in Carbon County.
    • The creel limit on trout shall be one (1) per day or in possession. All trout less than twenty (20) inches shall be released to the water immediately.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  8. Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park, all ponds within the park in Natrona County.
    • Closed to fishing, seining, and trapping throughout the calendar year.
    • Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
  9. Encampment River, from Highway 230 at Riverside downstream to its confluence with the North Platte River in Carbon County.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  10. Festo Lake in Platte County.
    • Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
  11. Glendo Reservoir including the North Platte River downstream from the bridge on Highway 319 (near Orin Junction) to Glendo Reservoir in Platte County.
    • All walleye less than fifteen (15) inches shall be released to the water immediately.
    • All walleye must be kept whole (gills and entrails may be removed) until the angler is off the water or ice and done fishing for the day. Once off the water or ice and done fishing for the day, walleye can be filleted for transportation and storage. A piece of skin large enough to allow species identification (at least one (1) inch square) shall remain on all fish fillets while in transit or in the field.
    • The Special Fishing Contest Provision applies (see Fishing Contest free Period on Statewide Regulations).
    • No fishing contests shall be approved from June 15 through June 30 during each calendar year.
  12. Grayrocks Reservoir in Platte County.
    • The area between the spillway and floating regulatory buoys or as designated by regulatory signing is closed to fishing and watercraft throughout the calendar year.
    • The creel limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass in combination shall be three (3) per day or in possession. No more than one (1) shall exceed twelve (12) inches.
    • Please promptly report any captured Northern pike by calling 307-745-4046.
  13. Hawk Springs Reservoir in Goshen County.
    • Watercraft prohibited from December 1 – February 15.
  14. Huck Finn Pond in Albany County.
    • It shall be unlawful for persons fourteen (14) years of age and older to fish.
  15. Johnson Creek Reservoir in Albany County.
    • Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
  16. Lake Absarraca (Country Club Lake) in Laramie County.
    • All largemouth and smallmouth bass less than fifteen (15) inches shall be released to the water immediately.
    • Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
  17. Leazenby Lake in Albany County.
    • Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
  18. Lower North Crow Reservoir (North Crow Diversion Reservoir) in Laramie County.
    • Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
  19. McIntosh Pond 2 (Western Nuclear Pond) in Fremont County.
    • Use of motorized watercraft is prohibited.
  20. Medicine Bow National Forest including all lakes within the boundaries of Medicine Bow National Forest, except Sand Lake, Turpin Reservoir, Lake Owen, Rob Roy Reservoir and Hog Park Reservoir, in Carbon and Albany counties.
    • Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
  21. North Platte River from Colorado-Wyoming state line downstream to the Saratoga Inn Bridge in Carbon County.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
    • Use of motorized watercraft is prohibited.
  22. North Platte River from Kortes Dam downstream to the confluence with Sage Creek (Miracle Mile) in Carbon County.
    • The creel limit on trout shall be three (3) per day or in possession. No more than one (1) trout shall exceed sixteen (16) inches.
    • The creel limit on walleye shall be twelve (12) per day or in possession.
  23. North Platte River from vehicle bridge eight tenths (0.8) of a mile downstream from Pathfinder Dam downstream to Alcova Reservoir in Natrona County.
    • The creel limit on trout shall be one (1) per day or in possession. All trout less than twenty (20) inches shall be released to the water immediately.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  24. North Platte River from Gray Reef Dam downstream, eight (8) miles to the upstream boundary of the Lusby Public Fishing Area in Natrona County.
    • The creel limit on trout shall be one (1) per day or in possession. All trout less than twenty (20) inches shall be released to the water immediately.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
    • That portion lying between the “Closed Area” signs at the gauge cable crossings (the first cable crossing is approximately 700 yards downstream from Gray Reef Dam) is closed to fishing from April 1 through April 30.
  25. North Platte River to include that area between the Dave Johnston Power Plant Public Access Area and the Dave Johnston Power Plant in Converse County.
    • Watercraft prohibited.
  26. North Platte River to include only that area between Glendo Dam and Glendo Power plant in Platte County.
    • Use of motorized watercraft is prohibited.
  27. Packers Lake in Goshen County.
    • All largemouth and smallmouth bass less than fifteen (15) inches shall be released to the water immediately.
    • Motorized watercraft in excess of fifteen (15) horsepower prohibited.
  28. Rawlins City Reservoir in Carbon County.
    • Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
  29. Sloans Lake in Laramie County.
    • All largemouth and smallmouth bass less than fifteen (15) inches shall be released to the water immediately.
    • Motorized watercraft in excess of fifteen (15) horsepower prohibited.
  30. South Springer Reservoir in Goshen County.
    • Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
  31. Springer Reservoir in Goshen County.
    • Closed to fishing from November 1 through February 15.
  32. Turpin Reservoir in Carbon County.
    • Motorized watercraft in excess of fifteen (15) horsepower prohibited.
  33. Upper North Crow Reservoir in Laramie and Albany counties.
    • Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
  34. Wheatland Reservoir No. 3 Canal from the headgate in Reservoir No. 2 to the mouth in Reservoir No. 3 in Albany County.
    • Watercraft prohibited.

Other Area 5 Regulations

Area 5 Live Baitfish

The use or possession of live baitfish in Area 5 is prohibited except as specified below.

Area 5 Live Baitfish Location A

Live baitfish may be used for bait in the waters listed in subsection (i) provided the baitfish are obtained from a licensed live baitfish dealer authorized to sell baitfish for use in these waters or the baitfish were seined or trapped from the waters listed below in subsection (ii). Live baitfish restricted to use in location A shall not be transported out of the designated wild caught live baitfish possession area defined in subsection (iii).

(i) Live baitfish may be used in the following waters: Bump Sullivan Reservoir; Festo Lake; Grayrocks Reservoir; Guernsey Reservoir; Hawk Springs Reservoir; North Platte River proper downstream from Glendo Dam to the Wyoming-Nebraska state line; Packers Lake; Rock Lake in Platte County; Springer Reservoir; and, Wheatland Reservoir #1 in Platte County.

(ii) A holder of a valid seining license may seine, net, trap, or spear baitfish from the following waters: Bump Sullivan Reservoir; Festo Lake; Grayrocks Reservoir; Guernsey Reservoir; Hawk Springs Reservoir; North Platte River proper from Glendo Dam downstream to the Wyoming-Nebraska state line; Packers Lake; Rock Lake in Platte County; Springer Reservoir; Wheatland Reservoir #1 in Platte County; and, Canals and ditches within Wyoming that are in the Interstate and Fort Laramie canal systems in Goshen County downstream from the Whalen Diversion on the North Platte River.

(iii) The designated wild caught live baitfish possession area for location A is the North Platte River drainage below Glendo Dam, excluding all locations in the South Platte River drainage and all locations in Albany County.

Area 5 Live Baitfish Location B

Live baitfish may be used for bait in the waters listed in subsection (i) provided the baitfish are obtained from a licensed live baitfish dealer authorized to sell baitfish for use in these waters or the baitfish were seined or trapped from the waters listed below in subsection (ii). Live baitfish restricted to use in location B shall not be transported out of the designated wild caught live baitfish possession area defined in subsection (iii).

(i) Live baitfish may be used in the following waters: Pathfinder Reservoir; Alcova Reservoir; Gray Reef Reservoir; Glendo Reservoir; Kortes Reservoir; and, North Platte River proper between Seminoe Dam and Glendo Dam, except eight (8) river miles from Gray Reef Dam to the upstream boundary of the Lusby Public Fishing Area and from the vehicle bridge eight tenths (0.8) of a mile downstream from Pathfinder Dam downstream to Alcova Reservoir.

(ii) A holder of a valid seining license may seine, net, trap, or spear baitfish from the following waters: North Platte River drainage from Seminoe Dam downstream to Glendo Dam.

(iii) The designated wild caught live baitfish possession area for location B is the North Platte River drainage below Seminoe Dam downstream to Glendo Dam.

Area 5 Live Baitfish Location C

Live baitfish may be used for bait in the waters listed in subsection (i) provided the baitfish are obtained from a licensed live baitfish dealer authorized to sell baitfish for use in these waters or the baitfish were seined or trapped from the waters listed below in subsection (ii). Live baitfish restricted to use in location C shall not be transported out of the designated wild caught live baitfish possession area defined in subsection (iii).

(i) Live baitfish may be used in the following waters: Seminoe Reservoir; North Platte River from Seminoe Reservoir to Interstate Highway 80.

(ii) A holder of a valid seining license may seine, net or trap baitfish from the following waters: North Platte River drainage from Interstate Highway 80 downstream to Seminoe Dam.

(iii) The designated wild caught live baitfish possession area for location C is the North Platte River drainage from Interstate Highway 80 downstream to Seminoe Dam.