Wildlife

Game and Fish recommends anglers avoid fishing past 2 p.m.

JACKSON, Wyo — With water temperatures on the rise, Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) Jackson Regional Office, is suggesting that anglers avoid fishing past 2 p.m.

“As the water warms up there is less oxygen in the water, fish tend to stress,” Public Information Specialist Mark Gocke said.

While Game and Fish is making recommendations, the department does not predict any regulations will be implemented on WGFD managed waters. Flat Creek on the National Elk Refuge will still open on Aug.1 with the regular mandatory catch-and-release regulations for trout.

“We have not done a delayed opener or any regulation changes due to water temperatures in the past,” Gocke said. Adding, “Part of that reason is that if our waters do hit 70 degrees, it is typically not for very long. When waters reach those temps the fish usually don’t feed as much and anglers often don’t fish as much. We have never really seen significant impacts to our fish population. At the same time, we think that a voluntary avoidance of fishing is still a good practice.”

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks recently issued fishing restrictions on several Montana rivers due to high temperatures. The agency issued full closures as well as “hoot owl” restrictions, which means fishing is closed from 2 p.m. to midnight daily.

Yellowstone National Park also recently issued fishing restrictions on park-managed waters. Effective Saturday, July 24, streams and rivers will close at 2 p.m. every afternoon and remain closed until sunrise to protect the trout population.

In addition to not fishing past 2 p.m., anglers are urged to play and land fish as quickly as possible to reduce exhaustion, keep fish in the water as much as possible and cut the leader if the fish is hooked deep.

Gocke also suggested that anglers should carry a thermometer to check the water before fishing. Grand Teton National Park says that anglers should stop fishing when the water temperature is above 68 degrees.

Photo: Grand Teton National Park infographic

Recent Posts

Teton Valley Foundation announces the arrival of new Zamboni to the Kotler Ice Arena

VICTOR, Idaho. — This week, Teton Valley Foundation announced that their fundraising goal for a… Read More

3 hours ago

COVID cases falling, but trouble signs arise as winter looms

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST Associated Press UNITED STATES — Tumbling COVID-19 case counts have some schools… Read More

5 hours ago

New year will bring changes to hunting education license system

WYOMING — 2022 will bring changes to the Wyoming Hunter Education licensing system. After Dec.… Read More

6 hours ago

CWC rolls out new mission, vision and values

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Board of Trustees voted to approve the revisions Central Wyoming College… Read More

6 hours ago

Smoke on Phillips is according to plan, BTNF says

JACKSON, Wyo. — Don't be alarmed to see smoke rising over the next few days,… Read More

7 hours ago

Local Love sale Nov. 1-3 at TLS and JH Marketplace

JACKSON, Wyo. — The best thing about the off-season is back! The semi-annual Local Love… Read More

8 hours ago