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PHOTOS: Fishing enthusiasts gather in Curt Gowdy for Wyoming Ice Fishing Tournament

Anglers gather on Granite Reservoir on Jan. 14, 2023. (Eve Hamilton/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — It’s 5 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, and cars slowly drive into Curt Gowdy State Park full of gear and eager faces. These men and women brace the cold and venture out on the ice of the park’s reservoirs for the 2023 Ice Fishing Tournament.

Taking place each year in January, the Wyoming Ice Fishing Tournament is a chance for anglers to try their luck at ice fishing with the chance of winning a $1,500 check.

There are three reservoirs where people were able to fish: North Crow, Crystal, and Granite. Anglers are looking to catch the biggest fish. The winning fish is determined by its length and width. There were seven species of fish that were considered:

  • Rainbow/Cutbow/Cutthroat Trout     
  • Brown Trout           
  • Perch                 
  • Tiger Muskie                         
  • Brook Trout                       
  • Splake
  • Sucker                              

Along with the cash prizes, there were seven species prizes and one youth prize that will be awarded to the largest fish of the day.

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More pictures from the morning of the tournament are available below:

Ice fishing shelters dot North Crow Reservoir on Jan. 14, 2023. (Eve Hamilton/Cap City News)
People begin setting up for a day of fishing on Granite Reservoir on Jan. 14, 2023. (Eve Hamilton/Cap City News)
Several shelters are set up against the wind on Crystal Reservoir on Jan. 14, 2023. (Eve Hamilton/Cap City News)
Groups of shelters are set up across one of Curt Gowdy’s reservoirs on Jan. 14, 2023. (Eve Hamilton/Cap City News)


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