CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Cutt-Slam capped its 26th year in 2022 with 123 anglers who documented catching the state’s four native subspecies of cutthroat trout — Bonneville, Colorado, Snake River and Yellowstone — the Wyoming Game and Fish Department said this week.
It is the fifth consecutive year that more than 100 anglers achieved this feat, a positive trend for one of the most prestigious fishing challenges. Since 1996, when the Cutt-Slam began, 2,213 anglers have joined the club, a news release said.
“Completing the Cutt-Slam is a great way to learn about Wyoming’s four native subspecies of cutthroat trout and see some fantastic country while you are doing it. It can also be a great family project, spending quality time outdoors fishing,” said Alan Osterland, Game and Fish fisheries chief.
Cutt-Slam participants receive a personalized certificate and vehicle decal from Game and Fish, and since the summer of 2018 have also received a medallion from Wyoming Trout Unlimited.
The Cutt-Slam was the idea of the late Ron Remmick, a former Game and Fish fisheries supervisor in the Green River and Pinedale regions who worked for the department for 25 years. Remmick developed the Cutt-Slam to draw attention and appreciation for the habitat needs and management efforts for Wyoming’s cutthroat species.
“The Cutt-Slam program continues to garner interest and support for native cutthroat trout conservation,” Osterland said. “In addition, it is a great way to spend time exploring Wyoming’s great outdoors. Thanks to all who have participated, and thanks to Trout Unlimited for their continued support.”