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There is something fishy in the water.

From the high mountain lakes to the slow flowing prairie streams, Wyoming has great waters. There aren’t many places where anglers can target walleye and golden trout within the same state. Fascinating nongame fish species can also be found here.

Many Wyoming communities have fishing ponds right in town, so you might not have to travel far to wet your line.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has 10 fish hatcheries and rearing stations, and most welcome visitors. Get a close up look at what it takes raise fish from eggs to releasing them in the waters of the state.

Golden trout raised at the Story Fish Hatchery have been release in seven states: Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Montana, Washington and California.

Trout have teeth on the roof of their mouth, but salmon, which are closely related, do not.

Channel catfish have taste buds all over their bodies, which is impressive considering how stinky catfish bait is.

On a good day, you can enjoy catching dozens of rock bass and bluegill, but do you have what it takes to catch a new state record? The current record rock bass is 1.76 pounds, and the Wyoming record bluegill is a whopping 1.92 pounds.

Two 50-pound lake trout are the largest fish caught in Wyoming so far. One was caught in 1983 at Jackson Lake. The other is from 1995 and was caught at Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

Burbot are often called ling in Wyoming. Other names for this unique fish include eelpout, mud shark, mudblower and many more. They have a single barbel that looks like a chin whisker.

The large glassy eyes of walleye help the fish see in low light conditions of deep water.

If you catch all four sub-species of cutthroat trout in Wyoming, you qualify for the Cutt-Slam, a program of the Wyoming Game and Fish. There are nine more fishing challenges for young anglers in Wyoming including Pan Pair, Habitat Counts, Cool Catch or the Master Angler.


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