Today marks the opening of the Snake River tributaries here in the valley. Rivers like the Hoback, Gros Ventre, and Buffalo are now open for fishing. Traditionally the Snake wasn’t open to fishing for Cutthroat until April 1st as well, but that changed in 2006 to a catch and release season through the winter.
There are some changes to the WY fishing regulations for 2012. Tributaries of the Snake are now closed on December 1st instead of November 1st and will open as usual on April 1st of the following year.
Anglers are allowed to keep 3 trout with only one trout exceeding 16 inches and no more than one Cutthroat shall exceed 12 inches. Basically WY Game and Fish is saying that the streams are holding up to the current level of fishing pressure, but they want to make sure that the Cutthroat is still well protected.
The tributaries should fish well right now and until runoff. Most of the larger Cutthroat are still in the Snake River and have not begun their spawning migrations, but some of the larger rivers hold some surprises. Look for Midges, BWO’s, and a few Caddis to be the go to bugs…