SHERIDAN — During the Memorial Day weekend, game wardens actively patrolled lakes, streams and reservoirs within the Sheridan region conducting fishing compliance and boating safety checks.
“Regional wardens issued 26 citations and 20 written warnings for fishing and boating violations over the weekend. The most common violations were fishing without a valid license, failing to provide or wear life jackets in watercraft and operating motorized watercraft without current registration,” Sheridan Regional Wildlife Supervisor Joe Gilbert said.
“Law enforcement actions were also taken for possessing over the limit of game fish, fishing with more than two rods or poles and allowing persons less than 16 years of age to operate personal watercraft without adult supervision.”
No incidents of boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs were detected and there were no drownings over the busy weekend. One watercraft accident occurred at Lake DeSmet near the Monument area on Memorial Day. High wind swamped a small boat near shore.
The operator had to be transported to Buffalo and treated for hypothermia.
Compliance with the requirement to purchase an aquatic invasive species decal for each watercraft used in Wyoming was very good.
Watercraft were inspected for the presence of aquatic invasive species prior to being launched at Keyhole reservoir and Lake DeSmet.
Some of the waters patrolled included Keyhole Reservoir, Healy Reservoir, Tie Hack Reservoir, Muddy Guard Reservoir, Lake DeSmet, Gillette Fishing Lake and Sibley Lake. Many area streams still have high flows and were mostly unavailable for fishing.
“Boat operators are reminded that children age 12 and under must wear a life jacket when the boat is underway as well as all persons being towed by a watercraft,” Gilbert said.