Ice fishing opportunities are plentiful in northeastern Wyoming, and good ice is expected to form soon. Healy Reservoir is one of the most popular spots, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, but anglers should be aware that it's on private land and the ranch recently changed ownership.
Though now owned by Sasol, the company has agreed to continue to allow public access to the fishery.
Regional Fish Supervisor with the department, Paul Mavrakis, said ice anglers can expect to find an abundance of yellow perch and smaller numbers of cutthroat trout, splake, largemouth bass, walleye and tiger musky.
Tiger muskies were introduced this year but Mavrakis said they need to be 30 inches in size to be kept - and that likely won't happen for some time.
Because the fishing spot is on private land, there are some special precautions to keep in mind. The department reminds anglers to always pack out their trash, stay on designated roads and only park on the west side of the reservoir. No vehicles - including ATVs - are allowed on the ice. But like last year, there will be a portable toilet for public use in the middle parking area.
Mavrakis said Healy Reservoir is a great spot to take kids ice fishing due to the typically steady numbers of fish.