Alcova. (Photo by Satsuuma from here.)

(Casper, Wyo.) – Anglers who ice fish on Alcova should be aware of changing water levels in the reservoir. The Bureau of Reclamation announced that they would be lowering the level of Alcova Reservoir an additional 5 feet below the normal winter operating range. Water will be released Dec. 21 to Jan. 5 and this drawdown will not affect stream flows on the North Platte River. The purpose of the reduced reservoir level is to facilitate Natrona County’s construction of a new boat ramp at the Okie Beach recreation area this winter.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department wants anglers to use caution and be prepared for the possibility of sloping ice near the banks of the lakes and any other unusual ice conditions. Game and Fish fisheries biologists do not anticipate any harm to the fisheries and expect angling to still be good on Alcova.