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Wyo. ‘Master Anglers’ catch 190 trophy fish

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CASPER, Wyo. — So far this summer, Wyoming anglers have caught at least 190 trophy-sized fish.

That is the number of trophy fish that have been reported to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s “Master Angler” program.

“These fishermen and women have submitted more than 190 applications with photos, lengths and catch locations to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Master Angler program,” the department announced on Monday, Aug. 5. “The new program launched in June to inspire people to fish more.”

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Catching one trophy-sized fish can earn people the title “master angler” once Game and Fish have verified the submission.

There are a number of fish species people can catch to qualify.

“Species with the most submissions over the last two months were crappie, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout and walleye,” the department said. “No one has submitted an approved burbot, golden trout, grayling, sauger, shovelnose sturgeon or tiger muskie.”

“The top-trophy yielding waters include Glendo, Hawk Springs and Keyhole Reservoirs as well as the North Platte River.”

The designated lengths of trophy fish are set at the 95th percentile of each species and were based on historic Game and Fish data.

“’Fishing is great in Wyoming, and it will only get better throughout the rest of the summer and fall,’ said Mark Smith, Game and Fish assistant fisheries management coordinator. ‘The numbers of trophy fish folks are catching is very impressive.’”

This article contains further details about the “Master Angler” program and rules.