SHERIDAN – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department requests help from anglers who fish at Muddy Guard Reservoir #1 south of Buffalo. Game and Fish asks anglers to report what types of trout they catch and how long they fished. The information will be used to ensure that future trout stocking is efficient, cost effective, and maintains the high-quality fishing that Muddy Guard #1 is known for.
Survey cards are available at the parking area. After anglers fill out a card, they may drop it in the box on-site, or return it by mail prepaid. Participation is voluntary.
In 2004, Muddy Guard Reservoir #1 was chemically treated to remove abundant white suckers that were competing with trout for food. Trophy trout were rare before the treatment, but within a few years, large trout were common. Today, very large trout can be caught at Muddy Guard #1, though they are sometimes hard to catch.
Trout now average 20 inches long, with some as large as 26 or 27 inches, and up to eight pounds. With angler help, Game and Fish can continue to provide outstanding fishing at Muddy Guard #1.
For more information, please contact Regional Fisheries Biologist Bill Bradshaw at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Sheridan Office (800-331-9834).