It's a big week at the Story Fish Hatchery.
"What we're doing today was collecting eggs from our golden trout. This was actually our first week of taking eggs. We will continue taking eggs for about the next six weeks," said hatchery superintendent Steve Diekema.
The hatchery is the first in the nation to develop captive brood stock of golden trout. Once the eggs are collected, fertilized, and incubated they are sent to other Wyoming hatcheries, where the fish are raised. Then the fish are used to stock local and state lakes and streams.
"There are several bodies of water in the Bighorn Mountains that are stocked with golden trout," said Diekema.
That means many excited anglers are expected to come to Northeast Wyoming this summer.
"They're also hard to catch. So to say you've caught a trophy golden trout is quite an accomplishment. We find that people will travel a great distance in order to catch these fish," said Diekema.
"The fishing quality in and around the Sheridan area is extremely high-quality. In terms of our marketing efforts and showcasing the best within Sheridan and the Sheridan area, this is another great tool in that tool kit," said Sheridan Travel and Tourism executive director Shawn Buckley.
The Story Hatchery itself also draws in visitors where they can learn about the incubation process and even feed the fish in the stock ponds.
"They enjoy coming here to see the different types of fish species we have and enjoy the beautiful scenic area," said Diekema.
Hatchery managers hope to collect at least 200,000 golden trout eggs this year.