House Bill 276 Would Require Licensing for Fishing Guides In Wyoming

Written by on July 31, 2019

Overcrowding–overuse and a lack of oversight is driving a potential state licensing requirement for fishing guides and outfitters.
Sublette County representative Albert Sommers–whose county residents compete for use on many waters utilized by summer fishing guides–is concerned commercial users are skirting the rules for commercial use of Wyoming waters–per a report in the Jackson Hole News and Guide.
Sommers checked in with the Wyoming Office of State Lands of Investments–learning that the agency had issued only six or seven permits authorizing commercial use of ramps statewide. Yet reports of many more guided and commercial boats had been relayed to Sommer’s. The small staffed state lands office–in his estimation–can’t keep up with enforcement of commercial licensing.
House Bill 276 would establish a state licensing requirement for fishing guides and outfitters similar to what’s already in place for commercial big game hunters.
Sommer’s bill calls for $600 annual license fee for business-owning fishing outfitters and $250 for individual guides. The legislation would also authorize the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission to set daily limits on the number of guided boats that could launch into any river or stream within the state’s jurisdiction.

Photo Credit: Wyoming Tribune Eagle

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