(Casper, Wyo.) – Casper-area anglers have a unique opportunity to catch Arctic grayling without having to drive to the mountains.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department stocked a limited number of Arctic grayling in Yesness Pond and Jessica’s Pond (next to Speas Fish Hatchery) in mid-October. Arctic grayling are usually only stocked in high-mountain and alpine lakes within the state.

“This is a great opportunity to bring these unique species to community ponds where people can catch them close to home,” said Steve Sharon, fish culture supervisor for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

The Arctic grayling are from Dubois Fish Hatchery. They are 12 inches long and weigh about one-half pound each, although some could be bigger. Arctic grayling are native to Wyoming and have also been stocked into a number of high lakes throughout the state for the benefit of anglers. Grayling are easily caught on small flies and spinners.

This is the first time the Game and Fish Department has stocked this species in community ponds. “So this is a great opportunity for anglers to catch one of these unique species and not have to travel to the backcountry,” Sharon said.