6,000 ‘jumbo-sized’ catfish stocked in Wyoming fishing ponds, including Yesness in Casper

(Wyoming Game & Fish Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game & Fish Department said on Thursday, July 23 that they have “recently stocked 6,000 channel catfish into 19 community fishing ponds statewide,” including 250 fish in Casper’s Yesness Pond

“The fish are considered ‘jumbo-sized’ at 13 to 14-inches and make great table fare,” Game & Fish said.

The catfish were grown at the Wyoming Women’s Center’s in-house aquaculture program in Lusk. Game & Fish say it is the first time they have partnered with the Wyoming Women’s Center to raise fish for the state.

“Game and Fish doesn’t have a cool and warm water fish hatchery  — our fish culture facilities are primarily supplied by colder water sources which make them great for raising trout,” said Game & Fish Fish Culture Supervisor Guy Campbell. “With the Women’s Center, there was a unique opportunity for them to raise a warm water fish to benefit anglers.”

When Game & Fish stock Wyoming waters with catfish and other cool and warm water, they say the fish are generally “acquired by fish trades with other states.” The fish acquired through the Wyoming Women’s Center “are much larger than the typical stocking size.”

“These jumbo catfish will create an instant summer fishery,” Campbell said.

Game & Fish shared the locations where the catfish were stocked as follows: 

Sloans Lake1500Cheyenne
Rock Lake750Wheatland
Festo Lake500Wheatland
Gillette Fishing Lake250Gillette
Panther Pond200Wright
Sundance Fairgrounds Pond200Sundance
Mavrakis Pond175Sheridan
Ranchester City Pond175Ranchester
Basin Water Plant380Basin
South Worland400Worland
Big Bend 5100Riverton
Big Bend 6200Riverton
Fairgrounds Pond 130Rock Springs
Fairgrounds Pond 250Rock Springs
Rock Springs Pond30Rock Springs
Diamondville Pond30Diamondville 
Lyman City Pond30Lyman

“Fishing licenses are available online, from Game and Fish regional offices and community license selling agents,” Game % Fish add. “Kids under 14 fish for free; nonresident youth under 14 must fish with a licensed adult.”