Open Forum to Discuss Fishing Regulations and Management

In this June 19, 2013 photo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists Tristan Austring, left, and Angela James use a seine net to search for endangered Rio Grande silvery minnows in isolated pools in the riverbed near Socorro, N.M. The federal government has spent more than $150 million over the last decade trying to save the minnow, but the fish's numbers have dropped to the lowest level in 20 years and there are few signs of them reproducing in the wild. Biologists point to a combination of persistent drought and demands on the river as the cause. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
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CASPER, WY - Wyoming Game and Fish department officials are asking anglers to voice their opinions beginning Monday to discuss fishing regulation changes and fisheries management.

The department will propose how bait dealers handle fat head bait minnows.
Fishing with trout beads will also be reviewed, as well as allowing fishermen to use artificial lighting.

Department employees say they have done a lot of work to bring these privileges back to the state.

"We think we have at least one supplier that can jump through all of our hoops to provide fish that are clean and disease free. That’s kind of what we’re talking about right now. Is returning to that paradigm that we used to allow them to be imported," said WY G&F Regional fishing supervisor Al Conder.

Meetings will be held at the following locations.

Torrington: Monday, May 12th, 6-8 P.M., Eastern Wyoming College Community Training Center, CTC Building, 3200 W.C. Street.

Wheatland: Tuesday, May 13th, 6-8 P.M., Platte Valley Bank, 200 16th Street.

Cheyenne: Wednesday, May 14th, 6-8 P.M., Game and Fish Department Headquarters, 5400 Bishop Blvd.

Rawlins: Thursday, May 15th, 6-8 P.M., Jeffrey Memorial Community Center, 315 W. Pine Street.

Casper: Monday May 19th, 7-9 P.M., Casper Game and Fish Office, 3030 Energy Lane.

Douglas: Tuesday, May 20th, 6-8 P.M., City Council Chambers, 101 N. 4th Street.

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