Fish stocking ramps up

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Wyoming Game and Fish Department is ramping up fish stocking throughout the state as winter begins to release its grip on the state. Travis Trimble, Game and Fish assistant fish culture supervisor, said this year’s stocking plans are similar to 2020 when Game and Fish stocked 7.1 million fish in Wyoming waters.

About two-thirds of those 7.1 million fish were trout and kokanee salmon raised in Wyoming’s 10 fish hatcheries and rearing stations. The rest were cool and warm-water fish brought in from out of state. Some of those species include walleye, channel catfish and crappie.

The majority of fish stocked in Wyoming are in large reservoirs and other standing waters. Still, Zafft said Game and Fish stocks about 400,000 trout per year in Wyoming streams, and 80 percent of those go into sections of four major rivers: North Platte River downstream of Seminoe Reservoir, Bighorn River downstream from Thermopolis, Shoshone River downstream from Cody and the Green River downstream from Fontenelle Reservoir and upstream of Warren Bridge near Daniel.