Fishing Regulations

According to information published by the Wyoming Game & Fish

The following acts are unlawful by statute or Commission regulation except as otherwise permitted. Please refer to Wyoming Statutes, Title 23, or Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Regulations, Chapter 46, for exact wording


  • To release fish alive that have been placed on a stringer, in a container or a live well without written approval from the Department
  • To snag fish
  • To seine or trap fish without a valid license
  • To take fish by the aid of artificial light or lighting device
  • To take or destroy fish by using poison, deleterious drug, electrical device, chemical, explosive or similar substance
  • To take, wound, or destroy fish with a firearm of any nature
  • To take, wound, or destroy game fish with a bow and arrow or crossbow
  • To plant or release live fish or fish eggs without the consent and supervision of the Department or its authorized personnel. This does not include fish captured by legal means and released immediately upon capture
  • To sell, barter, dispose of, or abandon, or obtain by sale or barter, any edible portion of any game fish in this state
  • To enter, fish from, or beach, anchor, or tie-off a boat upon private land or streambeds without securing the landowner’s permission
  • To take game fish for another person
  • To transport live fish or live fish eggs from the water of capture
  • To tag or mark fish and release them unless prior approval has been obtained from the Department
  • To use or possess corn while fishing
  • To use or possess bait in areas or on waters where fishing is permitted by use of artificial flies and lures only

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Fishing Licenses

Licenses are required for resident and nonresident anglers 14 years or older. Exceptions are waters where fishing preserve permits, landowner fishing regulations or institutional permits apply.

Resident youth under age 14 do not need a license and their creel limit is the same as those requiring licenses

Nonresident youth under 14 do not need a license if accompanied by an adult possessing a valid Wyoming fishing license; however, the nonresident youth’s creel limit shall be applied to and limited by the fishing license held by the adult person in his/her company

Resident means a person who has been a resident of Wyoming and domiciled in Wyoming for not less than one year and who has not claimed residency elsewhere for any purpose during that one-year period immediately preceding the date of application for a license

Pioneer License – To be eligible for a Pioneer Bird, Fish and Small Game License you must be a resident who is sixty-five (65) years of age or older and who has continuously resided in Wyoming for at least thirty (30) years IMMEDIATELY preceding application for the license. The Pioneer Bird, Fish and Small Game license is valid as long as the licensee remainds a Wyoming resident.

Conservation Stamps

Each person licensed to hunt or fish in Wyoming, with the exception of license holders listed below, must purchase a single Conservation Stamp, which will be valid for one calendar year. The stamp must be signed in ink and in immediate possession while engaged in the act of hunting or fishing. Conservation stamps may be purchased from Game and Fish Department offices and license-selling agencies throughout the state.

The following license holders are exempt from purchasing a Conservation Stamp: Pioneer Fishing License holders; Daily Fishing license holders; or Daily Game Bird/Small Game license holders

note: Information obtained from a publication provided by the Wyoming Game & Fish Commission, information is accurate for 2004 – 2005

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