Fishing the Snake River

An angler waits for a bite April 28 while floating the Snake River below the Wilson bridge. The decision last month by Wyoming Game and Fish to suspend the sale of daily and five-day fishing licenses to out-of-state anglers has been lifted.

One of the hangups that has been giving fly-fishing guiding services anxiety as they head into their summer seasons has been alleviated.

The decision last month by Wyoming Game and Fish to suspend the sale of daily and five-day fishing licenses to out-of-state anglers has been lifted, Gov. Mark Gordon said in his Thursday press briefing.

Game and Fish will resume the sale of out-of-state daily fishing licenses on Saturday, he said.

The governor also announced that the spring turkey hunting season in Wyoming will be extended 11 days. The final day of the season is now May 31.

The decision to suspend short-term out-of-state fishing licenses was met with immediate pushback by the local fishing industry. The Snake River Fund penned a letter last month, asking that the decision be overturned.

The suspension was an emergency ruling for 120 days, which would have extended into August — peak fly-fishing season — had it stayed in place for the duration. Game and Fish later said the lifting of the suspension would likely coincide with changes to the governor’s self-quarantine directive.

The department said it did “not expect that this suspension will last 120 days.”

Sports Editor Chance Cook has lived in rural Pennsylvania, upstate New York and Butte, Montana. He is no stranger to spending time in the woods chasing animals. If you see him out, challenge him to a game of pool. Send tips and questions.

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