The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has worked with several partners over the years including federal land management and local chapters of Trout Unlimited to restore habitats and populations of native cutthroat trout. Improvements of habitat as well as restoration projects are ongoing and have improved populations in the native ranges of the various cutthroat subspecies.
Last year, Wyoming’s Cutt-Slam program continued to draw interest with 64 anglers completing their Cutt-Slam during 2014. This brings the total to number of anglers completing the program to 1,165 since it was started 19 years ago. Rules for completing the Cutt-Slam are quite simple. To qualify, an angler needs to provide a photograph of each fish and information on the date of catch and water where it was caught. There is no minimum size requirement. Releasing of fish is encouraged and may be required depending on the regulations for different waters. One of the key components of the Cutt-Slam is that each of the fish must be caught in their native range in Wyoming. Over the years, several of the cutthroat subspecies have been stocked in waters outside of their native drainages. Cutthroat caught in these waters do not qualify for the Cutt-Slam’s native range requirement. A map showing the native range of the different drainages where the four subspecies can be found is on the Game and Fish website. In addition to the map, the different native drainages of these fish are listed along with phone numbers of the regional Game and Fish offices responsible for fisheries management in each drainage. Anglers can also view the Cutt-Slam certificate and obtain applications on the Game and Fish website. The program continues to grow in popularity as more and more anglers take advantage of visiting the unique country specific to the native environment of each cutthroat subspecies. Typically, most entries are received in late summer and fall following the spring runoff as anglers take advantage of improved fishing conditions. Most streams are expected to be in good fishable condition this year by early July. Good fishing is expected to continue into the summer and fall months.