Stream Access and TrespassWyoming’s trespass law states that a member of the public has the privilege to enter private land only with the explicit permission of the landowner. It is legal to float through private land but it is the responsibility of the floater to know if the land is public or private. If you are floating through private land you must stay in your boat at all times unless permission has been obtained from the landowner. State law only allows you to leave your craft for short portages around non-navigable obstacles. The streambed is the property of the landowner. Wading or anchoring without permission is trespassing. Access to public lands for public use is only permitted if these lands are accessed by floating on a navigable water or if the lands are accessible from an existing public road or border other public lands that you can access without crossing private lands. If you are unsure, check with the land management agency responsible for the land in question. Public land maps, available from the Bureau of Land Management, are excellent guides for avoiding a $420 trespassing ticket. In all cases, respect the land, the landowner, and those who come after you by removing litter and minimizing evidence of your presence and the evidence of others who have not been so considerate. Treating your access as a privilege goes a long way in gaining more access for fishing and hunting in Wyoming.
Releasing Fish in the SummerAs water temperatures increase during summer months, using the proper techniques to catch and release fish become increasingly important to help ensure the fish will survive. The Game and Fish asks anglers practicing catch and release, to consider the following:
- Fish early in the morning while the water temperature is cooler and carry a pocket thermometer to monitor the water temperature as the day warms.
- If the water temperature is at or above 65 degrees, consider keeping what you catch within the regulations. If the temperature is 70 degrees or higher, do not attempt to catch and release fish.
- Use flies and lures whenever many fish are being caught and released. Survival of released fish is five to ten times greater when using artificial rather than natural baits.
- Play and land fish as rapidly as possible.
- Keep the fish in the water as much as possible.
- Do not squeeze the fish or place fingers in the gills.
- Remove hooks gently. Barbless hooks allow easier hook removal. If hooked deeply, cut the leader.
- If a fish is so exhausted it cannot hold itself upright, and if regulations allow, consider harvesting it because the fish has a poor chance of surviving.