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Area 2 Regulations

Wyoming Area 2 Fishing Regulations

Area 2 comprises the Wind River, Bighorn River, Shoshone River, Clarks Fork, and Yellowstone River drainages. Fishing in this area follows the Statewide Creel Limits and Statewide Regulations unless otherwise specified below:

Category and Creel Limits

  • Trout:
    • Lakes within Area 2: six (6) trout per day or in possession.
    • Streams within Area 2: three (3) trout per day or in possession. No more than one (1) trout shall exceed sixteen (16) inches. Total combined limit: six (6).
  • Northern Pike:
    • Nongame fish have unlimited harvest but must be killed immediately.

Beck Lake Recreation Area

  • Location: Beck Lake, New Cody Reservoir, and Markham Reservoir in Park County
  • Regulation: Use of internal combustion engines in motorized watercraft is prohibited.

Bighorn Lake

  • Location: Downstream from the causeway (U.S. Highway 14A) in Big Horn County
  • Creel and Possession Limits:
    • Trout: five (5) fish per day, ten (10) fish in possession
    • Bass: ten (10) fish per day, twenty (20) in possession
    • Burbot (Ling): three (3) fish per day or in possession
    • Channel catfish: six (6) fish per day or in possession
    • Crappie: fifteen (15) per day, thirty (30) in possession
    • Walleye and Sauger: six (6) fish per day, no more than three (3) sauger. Total possession: twelve (12), with no more than three (3) sauger.

Bighorn and Wind River Drainages

  • Regulation: All walleye and sauger must be kept whole until off the water or ice for the day.

Buffalo Bill Reservoir

  • Location: Excluding South Fork and Diamond Creek Dike Ponds in Park County
  • Closure: Portions west of a defined line are closed to fishing from April 1 through July 14.
  • Creel Limit: Three (3) trout per day or in possession. No more than two (2) cutthroat trout; no more than one (1) trout shall exceed eighteen (18) inches.

Clarks Fork River

  • Location: From the Wyoming/Montana state line downstream to the Shoshone National Forest Boundary (at mouth of Clarks Fork River Canyon) in Park County
  • Regulation: Fishing permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.

Deaver Reservoir

  • Location: Park County
  • Creel Limit: Three (3) walleye per day or in possession
  • Regulation: Use of a motor in excess of fifteen (15) horsepower prohibited.

East Fork of the Wind River

  • Location: Streams upstream from the confluence with the Wind River, including Bear Creek and Wiggins Fork, in Fremont County
  • Regulation: All cutthroat trout shall be released immediately. Fishing permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.

East Newton Lake

  • Location: Park County
  • Regulation: All trout and brook trout shall be released immediately. Use of a motor in excess of fifteen (15) horsepower prohibited.

Fiddlers Lake

  • Location: Fremont County
  • Regulation: Use of internal combustion engines in motorized watercraft is prohibited.

Fish Lake

  • Location: Fremont County
  • Creel Limit: Three (3) trout per day or in possession. No more than one (1) trout shall exceed sixteen (16) inches.
  • Regulation: Use of internal combustion engines in motorized watercraft is prohibited.

Frye Lake

  • Location: Fremont County
  • Regulation: Use of personal watercraft is prohibited.

Grace Lake

  • Location: Big Horn County
  • Creel Limit: Two (2) brook trout per day or in possession.
  • Regulation: Fishing permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.

Harrington Reservoir

  • Location: Big Horn County
  • Regulation: Use of a motor in excess of fifteen (15) horsepower prohibited.

Lake Cameahwait (Bass Lake)

  • Location: Fremont County
  • Creel Limit: Two (2) largemouth bass per day or in possession. All bass between ten (10) and fifteen (15) inches shall be released immediately; no more than one (1) bass shall exceed fifteen (15) inches.

Lily Lake

  • Location: Park County
  • Creel Limit: Two (2) trout per day or in possession.
  • Regulation: Fishing permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only. Use of a motor in excess of fifteen (15) horsepower prohibited.

Little Moose Lake

  • Location: Park County
  • Creel Limit: Two (2) trout per day or in possession.
  • Regulation: Fishing permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.

Louis Lake

  • Location: Fremont County
  • Regulation: Use of personal watercraft is prohibited.

Luce Reservoir

  • Location: Park County
  • Regulation: All trout shall be released immediately. Fishing permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.

Luckey Pond (Chittim Reservoir)

  • Location: Fremont County
  • Regulation: Closed to ice fishing. Use of internal combustion engines in motorized watercraft is prohibited.

Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River

  • Location: From the "Rise" downstream to the Bridge on the Sinks Canyon Road in Fremont County
  • Closure: Closed to fishing throughout the calendar year.

North Fork of the Shoshone River

  • Location: Newton Creek downstream to Gibbs Bridge (including Newton Creek) in Park County
  • Closure: Closed to fishing from April 1 through June 30.
  • Regulation: Creel limit on trout: three (3) per day or in possession. No more than two (2) cutthroat trout; no more than one (1) trout shall exceed eighteen (18) inches.

Nowood River Drainage

  • Location: Streams upstream from the confluence with the Bighorn River, including Paintrock and Tensleep Creeks in Big Horn, Johnson, and Washakie counties
  • Creel Limit: Six (6) trout per day or in possession.

Ocean Lake

  • Location: Fremont County
  • Closure: Closed to human presence within 1/2 mile of aeration system from December 15 through March 10.

Pelham Lake

  • Location: Fremont County
  • Creel Limit: Two (2) trout per day or in possession.
  • Regulation: Fishing permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only. Use of internal combustion engines in motorized watercraft is prohibited.

Pete’s Pond

  • Location: Fremont County
  • Creel Limit: Three (3) trout per day or in possession.
  • Regulation: Use of internal combustion engines in motorized watercraft is prohibited.

Renner Reservoir

  • Location: Big Horn County
  • Creel Limit: Six (6) largemouth bass per day or in possession. No more than one (1) bass shall exceed twelve (12) inches.
  • Regulation: Use of a motor in excess of fifteen (15) horsepower prohibited.

Shell Creek Drainage

  • Location: Streams upstream from the confluence with the Bighorn River in Big Horn County
  • Creel Limit: Six (6) trout per day or in possession.

Shoshone Lake and Shoshone Creek

  • Location: Fremont County
  • Closure: Shoshone Creek upstream of Shoshone Lake is closed to fishing from September 1 through November 30.
  • Creel Limit: Six (6) brook trout per day or in possession.

Shoshone River Drainage

  • Location: From Buffalo Bill Dam downstream to Bighorn Lake in Big Horn and Park counties
  • Creel Limit: Six (6) trout per day or in possession. No more than one (1) trout shall exceed sixteen (16) inches.

South Worland Pond (Golf Course Pond)

  • Location: Washakie County
  • Regulation: Use of motorized watercraft is prohibited.

Swamp Lake

  • Location: Park County
  • Creel Limit: Two (2) brook trout per day or in possession.
  • Regulation: Fishing permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only. Use of internal combustion engines in motorized watercraft is prohibited.

West Newton Lake

  • Location: Park County
  • Regulation: Use of a motor in excess of fifteen (15) horsepower prohibited.

West Ten Sleep Lake

  • Location: Big Horn County
  • Regulation: Use of motorized watercraft is prohibited.

Wind River Lake

  • Location: Fremont County
  • Regulation: Use of internal combustion engines in motorized watercraft is prohibited.

Worthen Meadows Reservoir

  • Location: Fremont County
  • Regulation: Use of personal watercraft is prohibited.

Other Area 2 Regulations

Area 2 Live Baitfish

The use or possession of live baitfish in Area 2 is generally prohibited, with exceptions outlined below.

Area 2 Live Baitfish Location A

Live baitfish may be utilized for bait in specific waters listed below, subject to certain conditions:

  1. Authorized Waters for Live Baitfish Usage (i):

    • Wardell Reservoir, Bighorn Lake in Big Horn County
    • Bighorn River
    • Deaver Reservoir in Park County
    • Harrington Reservoir in Big Horn County
    • Shoshone River downstream from Penrose Dam
    • Wind River downstream from Boysen Reservoir
    • Boysen Reservoir
    • Ocean Lake in Fremont County
    • Pilot Butte Reservoir
  2. Authorized Methods for Obtaining Live Baitfish (ii):

    • Holders of valid seining licenses may seine, net, trap, or spear baitfish from:
      • Wind River and Bighorn River drainages downstream from the western boundary of the Wind River Reservation.
  3. Designated Possession Area for Wild-Caught Live Baitfish (iii):

    • The designated possession area for location A is the Wind River and Bighorn River drainages downstream from the western boundary of the Wind River Reservation.
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