Fishing Regulations for Bighorn Canyon, Wyoming

Fishing Regulations for Bighorn Canyon, Wyoming
Fishing in Bighorn Canyon, whether targeting the lake's trout with a spinning rod and a favorite lure or trolling for walleye in the lake or river, can be rewarding. You should consider some basic regulations before trying your luck.


Bighorn Lake serves up lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, walleye, sauger, channel catfish, ling, shovelnose sturgeon, black crappie, yellow perch and bullhead.


From Bighorn Lake downstream from the causeway at Highway 14A, anglers must follow set regulations, including a trout limit of 5 fish per day and a total of 10 fish in possession.

Bass, Walleye and Sauger

Warm-water species include a limit on bass of 6 fish per day and 12 fish in possession. With walleye and sauger, anglers can keep 5 fish per day, but no more than 2 fish can be sauger; 10 fish can be in possession, with only 2 sauger total. All walleye and sauger must be kept whole until the angler is off the water and done fishing for the day.

Channel Cat, Ling and Sturgeon

Limits on channel catfish call for six fish per day or in possession. Ling or burbot anglers can only take three fish per day or have that number in possession at any one time. For shovelnose sturgeon, the limit stands at two fish per day or in possession. Other game fish in the Bighorn do not have a limit.


For the 2010/11 season, annual fishing licenses for residents run $24. A nonresident license costs $92 a season or $14 per day. A nonresident youth annual license, for anglers between their 14 and 18 birthdays, is $15.


For more information regarding licensing or the Bighorn, contact the Wyoming Game & Fish Department:
Drainage Area 2
260 Buena Vista
Lander, WY 82520
(800) 654-7862
(307) 332-2688

Article Written By Brian La Rue

Perched atop the Mile High City, Brian La Rue has written outdoor-related articles since 1999. His features have appeared in magazine's including "Western Outdoors," "Fishing & Hunting News" and "High Country Angler." His work can be seen on "ESPN Outdoors." He holds a bachelor's in communications from Cal State Fullerton.

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