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Statewide Creel Limits

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See statewide regulations. There are many exceptions to statewide regulations in Areas 1-5 Regulations. Refer to How to Find Regulations for Specific Waters to learn to find regulations for specific waters.

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, unless indicated otherwise: six (6)

All streams, 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 Sixteen (16)
Lake trout Six (6) No more than one (1) lake trout shall exceed twenty-four (24) inches.
Burbot (ling) Three (3). See drainage area exceptions on Areas 1,4 & 5 Regulations.
Channel catfish Six (6)
Largemouth and smallmouth bass in combination Six (6)
Northern pike See drainage area exceptions.
Sauger Two (2)
Shovelnose sturgeon Two (2)
Tiger muskie (sterile northern pike muskellunge hybrid) One (1), all tiger muskie less than thirty-six (36) inches in length shall be released to the water immediately.
Walleye Six (6)
Whitefish Six (6)
Yellow perch, black bullhead, stonecat, crappie, rock bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, green sunfish, green sunfish-bluegill hybrid, freshwater drum in combination Fifty (50)

Except as otherwise provided, no person shall harvest and keep during any one (1) day, or have in possession, more than the number and length of game fish specified as the creel limits listed above. Exceptions are listed with the regulations for each drainage area 1-5.

Except as otherwise provided in the exception for an individual water, the total combined creel and possession limit for the trout category, regardless of the waters (streams, lakes, or a combination of both) a person is fishing, shall not exceed six (6) trout per day or in possession.

Any fish caught that is not to be counted in the creel limit shall be immediately released to the water with as little injury to the fish as possible. Any fish placed on a stringer, in a container, in a live well, or not released immediately to the water, shall be considered to be reduced to possession of the angler and shall be killed prior to being transported from the water of origin. No fish that has been reduced to possession of the angler shall be released alive without prior written approval from the Department.

All fish possessed or transported shall be kept in a manner that species and numbers can be determined. When length limits apply, the whole body shall remain intact (gills and entrails can be removed) while in transit or in the field. Where length limits do not apply, 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, except as otherwise provided in Areas 2, 3 and 5 for walleye and sauger harvested in the Wind River, Big Horn River and Tongue River drainages and Glendo Reservoir and in Area 4 for lake trout harvested in Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

There are no creel or possession limits on nongame fish. Nongame fish may be taken by the use of legal fishing methods during any season open for the taking of game fish.

FREE Fishing Day! June 6th, 2020

You can fish without a license on Free Fishing Day! Each year, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department designates the first Saturday of National Boating and Fishing Week as a free fishing day when anyone can fish in Wyoming without a fishing license. National Boating and Fishing Week is a celebration that highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing in enhancing quality of life and preserving our country’s national beauty. All fishing regulations, creel and size limits, gear restrictions, and stream closures remain in effect. We hope you will take the opportunity to celebrate this special week by going fishing with family and friends.