(Wyoming Game and Fish)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Laramie Region said on Tuesday that it is encouraging anglers to fish Laramie Plains lakes this spring.

“Bank fishing for Rainbow Trout at Leazenby Lake has produced some ‘monster’ fish for anglers this spring,” the news release said. “Meeboer Lake has more trout exceeding 20 inches than previous years. In addition, anglers can expect trout 22 inches and greater in Alsop Lake and Twin Buttes Reservoir.”

Game and Fish said that Wheatland Reservoir #3 can expect rainbow trout averaging around 22 inches this year, with the abundance of trout having improved in 2021. Diamond Lake also offers some good opportunities “with anglers having success from the bank in spring, and faring better from boats during summer months.”

While Gelatt Lake saw fish populations “decimated by warm water temperatures and low oxygen levels in 2021,” the lake has been restocked.

“While some larger trout did survive the warm water temperatures, anglers should expect smaller than average fish for the 2022 fishing season,” the release states.

Game and Fish Laramie Region fisheries biologists plan to sample trout population numbers at Lake Hattie later this spring, the release adds.