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The spring thaw is here. Almost. This is Wyoming, so you can count on a few more freeze and thaw cycles throughout the spring, but it is time to put the ice fishing gear away and dust off the hooks, lines, and sinkers. Spring is like a fresh start on nature. Get out there and explore.

Fish on: As the ice melts off, the fishing often heats up. Try fishing ponds and lakes if spring run off has streams flowing high and muddy.

Fish on & on & on: Wyoming has great fish diversity, so make it a goal this year to catch at least three different species of fish. You can get a trio of trout. Or mix and match between warm water and cool water swimmers.

Splish splash: The spring rain showers are falling. Find a puddle and make a splash. Pro tip, the largest puddles don’t always produce the biggest splashes.

Raining cats and dogs: You might want to wait for the storm to pass, but as soon as it does, take a nature walk through the neighborhood. Bonus points if you leash up your dog or your cat and take them along.

Catching bait: After a rain is a great time to collect worms and nightcrawlers. You can even start your own worm farm, so you’ll always have fishing bait.

Jump start the garden: Worms aren’t the only thing to garden. Grow your own food this spring. It doesn’t matter if you plant an acre of veggies or just a window box of fresh herbs, food you grow yourself tastes way better.

Night hike: Listen for mammals, birds, and amphibians as dusk turns to dark. Coyotes can be heard yipping, barking and howling in every corner of the state. Great horned owls hoot from the woods. The sharp trills of frogs and toads can be heard near ponds and slow moving streams.

Meadow music: Many people mark the arrival of spring with the return of the migratory birds. It’s not spring in Wyoming until the Western Meadowlark song rings out from the top of a fence post.

Fly-fishing: Fly-fishing uses hooks decorated with hair and feathers. Some look like insects, fish or even mice. Others don’t look like anything, but they still catch fish. Try fishing with a fly this spring.

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