The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding a series of public meetings in early May to go over proposed changes to fishing regulations and watercraft and license issuance regulations.
There are several changes being proposed to the statewide fishing regulations to begin in 2012. Among them are allowing six trout of any size in lakes and reservoirs, a limit of three trout (only 1 over 16 inches) in streams, and a limit 16 brook trout of any size. There are no changes being proposed to watercraft regulations in the Sheridan Region.
Sheridan Regional Fisheries Supervisor Paul Mavrakis said that they are proposing to exclude the streams in the Bighorn Mountains from the reduced stream limits and allow six trout of any size to be harvested. Abundant stream populations of rainbow and brown trout don't warrant a reduced limit in the Bighorns, he said.
In addition, they are proposing to eliminate seining area 3B that covers the Tongue drainage due to very low license sales. After many angler requests, they are proposing to allow statewide certified live minnows for bait in Lake DeSmet and Healy Reservoir.
The meeting for the Sheridan Region will be May 11th at the Sheridan Game and Fish Office at 7 p.m. Anyone from the public is invited to attend to discuss the proposed changes.