2021 Wyoming Statutes
Title 23 - Game and Fish
Chapter 4 - Protection and Propagation of Fish
Article 1 - Fish Hatcheries and Stocking
Section 23-4-102 - Operation of Privately Owned Fish Hatcheries, Artificial Lakes or Ponds.

Universal Citation: WY Stat § 23-4-102 (2021)

23-4-102. Operation of privately owned fish hatcheries, artificial lakes or ponds.

(a) Any person who owns or operates a fish hatchery, artificial lake, pond or ponds for the purpose of raising fish for resale, may stock the fish hatchery, artificial lake, pond or ponds with eggs or fish procured from any lawful source. Any eggs or fish acquired from sources other than the department or federal government shall be inspected by an authorized agent of the department before planting.

(b) Thereafter, the owner or operator may take fish from the hatchery, artificial lake, pond or ponds in any manner except by poison, explosives, or fishing except as otherwise provided in this section. The owner or operator may sell and dispose of any fish or fish eggs taken subject to any restrictions provided in this section.

(c) "Artificial lake, pond or ponds" as used in this section means bodies of water created by the artificial diversion or storage of water not exceeding one hundred (100) acres in any one (1) surface area and does not include natural ponds, natural streams, or bodies of water wholly created by nature.

(d) The owner or operator shall procure a license for the operation from the department. The owner or operator shall also post a five hundred dollar ($500.00) surety bond with the department. The bond shall be conditioned to the effect that the owner or operator will not sell or dispose of fish or fish eggs caught or taken in any of the waters of Wyoming other than those for which the license is issued, and to the effect that the owner or operator will keep a strict record of his operations under the license as may be required by the commission.

(e) When an owner or operator sells or disposes of any fish or fish eggs, he shall deliver a certificate of sale upon a form to be furnished to the owner or operator by the department to the purchaser or receiver at the time the fish or fish eggs are delivered.

(f) Any hotel, restaurant, cafe, or business house, or individual, may sell, serve, or dispose of fish purchased from any owner or operator in the regular course of business and shall exhibit upon request by any department personnel the certificate of sale furnished him by the owner or operator.

(g) Whenever any of the fish or fish eggs are transported by a common carrier, each and every parcel of the shipment shall have a Wyoming game tag attached. The owner or operator shall obtain Wyoming game tags from the department and shall keep a strict record of all Wyoming game tags.

(h) The owner or operator may operate a catchout pond, containing ten (10) surface acres of water or less, where fish may be caught by fishing. A charge may be made for this privilege by the owner or operator and the fishermen are not required to hold a valid Wyoming fishing license when fishing in a catchout pond.

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