The fish are biting, right now. Anglers are catching two pound trout in Lake DeSmet, 4-5 pound tiger muskies at Healy Reservoir, and northern pike from Keyhole Reservoir, which is the only body of water in the state that has the species.
That was Bud Stewart who’s with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, based in the regional office in Sheridan. In town, he said the fishing’s good at two ponds – one near the county fairgrounds off Fifth Street and the other is Mavrakis, which is on the northwest edge of town.
But, he said, make sure to purchase a fishing license because the fine is steep -- $220. That’s nearly six times the cost of the license and required conservation stamp, which at $24 and $12.50 comes to $36.50. He said anyone 14 or older must have a license. And do not go over the limit, he said, which is six for trout, walleye and bass. The limit’s higher for brook trout, at 16, and the limit for yellow perch is 50. Fines for going over the limit start at $120 and go up from there.