Wyoming Regulation Basics
To experience the Gray Reef, you need a Wyoming fishing license. Residents pay $24 for the year while non-residents will pay $92 for the year or $14 for a single day as of 2010.
Anglers fishing the North Platte River from Gray Reef Dam down, 8 miles to the boundary of Lusby Public Fishing Area in Natrona County will have to consider a limit of one trout per day or in possession. All trout measuring less than 20 inches shall be released. Anglers can only fish with artificial flies and lures. The stretch lying between the closed signs at the cable crossings is closed to fishing from April 1 through April 30 as of 2010.
Lusby Public Fishing Area Downstream To Bessemer Bend Bridge
Action of the next stretch of the Reef from Lusby Public Fishing Area downriver to Bessemer Bend Bridge at Natrona County Road 308 has limitations as well. The trout limit bumps up to three per day or in possession and out of those three keepers, only one can measure more than 16 inches.
Artifical Flies and Lures
For clarification on the term artificial, anglers may fish with man-made spoons, spinners, plugs and plastics which feature only nonedible materials. Artificial flies includes streamers, jigs or poppers tied from materials. These items cannot include living or dead organisms, edible parts or any food or chemical attractants.
Aside from the closed area in April each year, action on the Gray Reef is a year-round option. The flows coming out of the reservoir keep the water ice free and fishable. It is always good to call ahead if there's been an extended period of cold to be sure your chosen ramp is open for launching.