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Avalanche Danger Considerable. Photo by Dave Bell.
Avalanche Danger Considerable The Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center is reporting ‘Considerable’ avalanche danger in the mountains of western Wyoming at this time. The area received about 10 feet of snow in the latest round of storms in mid-January. The fault line shown developing in the snowpack on Ramshorn in the Hoback Range is definitely a big deep slide. Today’s snowmobiles can probably climb this slope with their power and incredible design. This is trouble waiting to happen for sure. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, a snowmobiler was fully buried in a terrain trap in the Horse Creek Drainage in the Wyoming Range. Luckily, another party witnessed the event and performed a successful rescue. An 18-year old man in Utah was killed on Saturday, January 18th after being buried under six feet of snow in an avalanche north of Salt Lake City, despite wearing an inflatable backpack and carrying an avalanche beacon. Large to very large persistent deep slab avalanches remain a serious concern at all elevations, according to Photo by Dave Bell.
Mid-January Winter Photo Gallery. Photo by Dave Bell.
Mid-January Winter Photo Gallery Local photographer Dave Bell took advantage of the sunny weather to visit lots of places around western Wyoming this past weekend. "Terrific weekend. Beautiful weather with no wind and great scenery throughout Sublette County," he said. Click on this link to see the latest photo gallery of his outings: Photo Safari Weekend – Jan 18-19, 2020 Photo by Dave Bell.
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Nordic ski trail grooming report – January 23, 2020
Vision Boards Workshop Feb. 12 in Pinedale
Cabin Fever Nordic Race Series - 2020
Mental Wellness Support Group meeting in Pinedale Jan. 28
Art & Poetry Show in Pinedale March 2
PFAC seeks artist submissions for power box in American Legion Park
Introduction to Lick Tub Gardening Workshop Jan. 28
IF:Pinedale 2020 Feb. 7 & 8
Muley Fanatic Foundation fundraiser Feb. 29
SaturdayU to focus on future of Wyoming Fossil Fuels
Pinedale Stampede Nordic Ski Race Feb. 22
Jewelry & Chocolate reception for artist Joni Mack Feb. 6
Pinedale All-School Class Reunion July 9-12, 2020
Pinedale Community Blood Drive Jan. 27
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January 31, 2020: Pedigree Stage Stop Race - Start of the Pedigree Stage Stop Race in western Wyoming Runs through February 8th. Stage Stops in 7 towns, including Big Piney/Marbleton and Pinedale. For more information and race schedule go to

February 5: Peking Acrobats perform in Pinedale - 7:00PM, Sheppard Auditorium. Pinedale Fine Arts Council presentation. More info
February 8: 20th Annual One Lunger 100 Vintage Snowmobile Race - Hosted by Snow Explorers/Altitude Off-Road Inc. Visit for rules and entry forms. Bring out the whole family to enjoy a great day at the races! Concessions available.
February 14-16: Pinedale Winter Carnival - More details coming soon
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Flag Half Staff notice for Jan. 24, 2020
Flag Half Staff notice for Jan. 24, 2020
Flag Half Staff notice – Friday, January 24, 2020 (posted 1/23/2020)
For Wamsutter paramedic Michael Wilder
Governor Mark Gordon media release
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has ordered both the U.S. and State of Wyoming flag be flown at half-staff statewide from sunrise until sunset on Friday, January 24, 2020 in honor of Wamsutter paramedic Michael Wilder, who died in the line of duty on January 11. Wilder died of a heart attack while on the scene of a car accident.

Pinedale 2020 and beyond (posted 1/21/2020)
Guest New Year’s Editorial by Pinedale Mayor Matt Murdock
Matt Murdock
With each new year I like to take time to look back, consider all my blessings, inventory the year, and judge what has gone well and what has not. I also take time to look forward, making sure that my mind and strength focus on what’s important so that the tyranny of the urgent does not crowd them out. I have had the privilege of being Pinedale’s mayor for the past 18 months and I wanted to say thank you to the many people who have made my job enjoyable and have contributed to Pinedale’s growth. I also want to share my excitement about our town and where we are headed.

My first thanks go to our Town Council. I’ve had the honor to serve with many on the Town Council since 2013, it is enjoyable and energizing to serve with leaders who are genuinely committed to Pinedale’s well-being and who work well together as a team, despite our differences.

Secondly, thank you to an outstanding town staff. We have an incredible team of motivated and talented people who serve on and on, getting the job done and making Pinedale a better place to live. It has been a busy 18 months with some major issues, but even with the many urgent matters demanding our time and energy, the staff and elected officials have kept their eyes on the important matters on the horizon. I do not believe that the average Pinedale citizen truly understands how much work and sacrifice go into running our town, and our staff works hard every day of every week caring for us.

Next, I’d like to thank the many citizens who serve on our boards and commissions; there are too many to list in a short article like this, but your time and "invisible" work makes a significant difference and helps us at the Town Council level when formal action has to take place.

And finally, thank you to the other elected boards in the county. The levels of cooperation between us (State Legislators, County Commissioners, SCSD#1, Marbleton, Big Piney, SCRHCD, etc.) have made some significant changes in our town and our county, proving that there are far more things that unite us than divide us.

In the past year we have seen one of our greatest resources, Fremont Lake, come under attack and then vindicated on a local, state and national level – overwhelmingly demonstrating that our water is outstanding. I’m so proud of and privileged to work with a team (local and state) whose labors protected not only our source of clean drinking water, but a significant recreational and ecological resource.

Sublette County is transitioning from one of the least digitally connected regions in the United States to a gigabyte community with fiber optic service in our business corridors by this summer. And although it’s been a long time coming, we will soon have a critical access hospital that will provide a whole new level of medical care for all our citizens. This in turn will assure many visitors that when staying in Pinedale, their health and welfare is still protected, increasing the number of stays and days of their stay here.

As part of that growth, this summer we will begin phased construction on a new ball field complex that will not only offer fields for our children to play on, but make it possible for us to host regional games of softball, baseball and soccer opening a whole new avenue of "sports-tourism" to our community.

Our new dump-and-fill station will be constructed this summer, finally offering residents and guests a centralized place to service their campers and RVs, once again increasing stopovers and business within our local economy.

Pinedale’s Ralph Wenz Airport will see significant upgrades over the next 2 years with over $13 million of grants from state and federal agencies. These improvements will open doors to more private aircraft to visit and base here, and eventually create the possibility of charter and regional aircraft services down the road.

And all in all, we continue to see the number of summer and winter visitors increase, and we all benefit from the amazing concerts, festivals, plays, and events that add to Pinedale’s quality of life. There is such an incredible amount of creativity and industry in our town, thank you to each of you who work to make our town and our life here better.

As I said, I am excited about our future together. But the capital and economic improvements alone will not make our town great; it is incumbent upon us as residents to work well with one another. We must continue to work through the difficult obstacles (internal and external), and while entropy and chaos are natural, unity and community require hard work. Civility, patience, seeking one another’s wellbeing, laughing with those that laugh and weeping with those who weep – these are the characteristics that will make our town (and county) greater. I know that there remain many issues that we as a town and I as mayor can improve upon, but I believe we would do well at the outset of a new year to recognize that things are going well for us here. So long as we can continue to work well together, respectfully discuss our differences and accept that we can remain faithful and yet disagree, Pinedale has a good future ahead of it. "If it's half as good as the half we've known, here's Hail! to the rest of the road." [S. Vanauken]

Matt Murdock, Mayor

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CWD-positive Mule Deer found near Pinedale (posted 1/17/2020)
WY Game & Fish discourages feeding of wildlife
Wyoming Game & Fish
PINEDALE, WYOMING - A buck mule deer recently tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a residential area near Pinedale and was likely associated with the local town deer population. This is the second confirmed case of CWD in mule deer within deer hunt area 139, as a doe mule deer found dead near the airport in February 2017 also tested positive.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reminds residents to avoid feeding wildlife. While feeding deer and other wildlife during winter might seem like a good idea, feeding can cause serious problems for these animals.

Increases spread of diseases and parasites. Feeding wildlife can artificially congregate groups of deer and other species at feeding sites, creating conditions ripe for the spread of diseases and parasites. For example, once CWD is in the wildlife population, feeding can act to increase concentrations of prions, the infectious agent, in the environment. Prions remain in the soil for decades, forming disease "hot spots" which put deer, elk or moose returning to those locations at risk. Once infected, animals do not recover.

Promotes starvation and can bring about numerous conflict situations. Big game animals, such as deer and moose will readily eat hay or other feeds when offered, but the micro-organisms in their stomachs that aid in digestion are specialized to break down vegetation the animal would naturally consume during winter months, primarily woody plants. This means it takes a lot longer to digest other foods and is why these animals can often starve to death despite having a stomach full of hay, birdseed, fruit, grain or pellets. Feeding wildlife can also lead to a higher risk of damage to private property, vehicle collisions, presence of predators and dangerous human-wildlife encounters.

Wyoming residents who feed wildlife during winter certainly have good intentions, but it is important to remember the unintended consequences and resist the urge to try to "help" wildlife by feeding them.

Game and Fish asks the public to report any deer, elk or moose that appear to be sick or not acting in a normal manner by contacting your local game warden, wildlife biologist or Game and Fish office immediately.

Please visit the Game and Fish website for more information on chronic wasting disease transmission and regulations on the transportation and disposal of carcasses.

To report an animal that may be sick, contact the Pinedale Wyoming Game and Fish Department office at 1-800-452-9107 or 307-367-4353.

Editor’s note: There is no known transmission of CWD to humans or other animals, including pets or livestock. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

February 5, 2020 in Pinedale
February 5, 2020 in Pinedale
Peking Acrobats to perform in Pinedale Feb. 5 (posted 1/16/2020)
THE PEKING ACROBATS® will perform in Pinedale on Wednesday, February 5th at 7:00PM in the Sheppard Auditorium. The event is a presentation of the Pinedale Fine Arts Council.

For the last thirty-two years, THE PEKING ACROBATS® have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs and display their technical prowess at such arts as trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They push the limits of human ability, defying gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control. THE PEKING ACROBATS are accompanied by live musicians who skillfully play traditional Chinese instruments; the time-honored Chinese music coalesces with high-tech special effects and awe-inspiring acrobatic feats, creating an exuberant entertainment event with the festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival.

THE PEKING ACROBATS set the world record for the Human Chair Stack on FOX Network's Guinness Book Primetime television show in 1999: they balanced six people precariously atop six chairs twenty one feet up in the air without safety lines, astounding audiences with their bravery and dexterity. THE PEKING ACROBATS have also made their way onto the silver screen - company members were featured in Steven Soderbergh's hit film Ocean's Eleven playing alongside Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and George Clooney.

THE PEKING ACROBATS are part of a time-honored Chinese tradition, rooted in centuries of Chinese history and folk art. Tradition demands that each generation of acrobats add its own improvements and embellishments; because of this, high honor is conferred upon those skilled enough to become acrobats.

Tickets are for sale at Pine Coffee Supply, The Cowboy Shop, Office Outlets, The Big Piney Library and at the door the night of the performance.

Ticket prices are $20 adults / $7 students / $2 extra at the door.

WE EXPECT THIS SHOW TO SELL OUT SOON. Don't wait. Be sure and get a ticket if you want to come. Kids under 5 are allowed in without a ticket if they sit on a lap. If you would like them to have a seat of their own - please buy them a $7 ticket.

Buy Tickets Online Here

Game and Fish Commission condemns Grand Teton National Park’s plan to aerial gun Mountain Goats (posted 1/16/2020)
Wyoming Game & Fish
The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission condemned the National Park Service’s planned use of aerial gunning to remove mountain goats in Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) at their Jan. 15 meeting.

"While we recognize Grand Teton National Park’s efforts to address the expansion of mountain goats in native bighorn sheep ranges, the department has been consistent in voicing our concerns about the use of aerial lethal removal," said Brian Nesvik, Game and Fish director. "We have communicated several times, in multiple ways, as recently as today, our recommendation to use skilled volunteer hunters to achieve their objectives to reduce mountain goat populations."

The GTNP Mountain Goat Management Plan outlined a variety of methods to address the expansion of mountain goats in the Teton Range. Those mountain goats pose a risk of disease transmission to the core native Targhee bighorn sheep herd.

"This decision to use aerial gunning flies in the face of all Wyoming values with how we approach wildlife management," said Game and Fish Commissioner Mike Schmid.

The commission’s resolution calls for the National Park Service to immediately cancel plans to kill the goats through aerial gunning and instead implement a plan allowing the goats to be removed by skilled volunteers. The resolution passed unanimously with the commissioners opting for a rare roll call vote to clearly articulate and memorialize their message.

"Leaving carcasses to rot, where there is no utilization of that resource, rather than allow sportsman to go out with park supervision and training to harvest an animal - like is done with elk - I can’t understand that decision," said Game and Fish Commissioner Pat Crank.

In addition the Commission’s resolution, Director Brian Nesvik also sent a letter to the acting superintendent of Grand Teton National Park urging him to reconsider their intent to use aerial gunning to remove mountain goats.

2019 visitation to Yellowstone Park at lowest level since 2014 (posted 1/15/2020)
National Park Service – Yellowstone National Park
In 2019, visitation to Yellowstone National Park was at the lowest level it has been since 2014. The park recorded over 4 million visits, a 2.3 percent decrease from 2018 and a 5.6 percent decrease from the record-breaking year in 2016.

Recreation Visits by Year

2019 – 4,020,287
2018 – 4,114,999
2017 – 4,116,525
2016 – 4,257,177
2015 – 4,097,710
2014 – 3,513,486

More data on park visitation, including how we calculate these numbers, is available on the NPS Stats website.

Encana receives Securityholder approval for reorganization (posted 1/14/2020)
Company receives securityholder approval to be rebranded as Ovintiv and become domiciled in the United States
Encana media release
CALGARY, CANADA, Jan. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - Encana Corporation (NYSE, TSX: ECA) today announced that its securityholders voted in support of the reorganization resolution, in order to: (i) establish the company's corporate domicile in the U.S.; (ii) rebrand under the name Ovintiv Inc. ("Ovintiv"); and (iii) complete a consolidation and share exchange for effectively one share of common stock of Ovintiv for every five common shares of Encana. The approval was made at its Special Meeting of Securityholders (the "Meeting") held earlier today.

"We are extremely pleased with the vote of confidence from our shareholders today. With 90% of our securityholders voting "FOR" the resolution, there is clearly support for our efforts to expose Ovintiv to the deeper pools of capital in the U.S.—capturing the value we know exists within our equity," said CEO Doug Suttles. "We will continue to focus on innovation and efficiencies throughout our operations, delivering the financial and operational performance our shareholders expect."

Detailed voting results for the Meeting are available under Encana's profile on SEDAR at and on the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") website at Completion of the reorganization is still subject to other conditions to closing, including final approval of the plan of arrangement by the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta. Further information regarding the reorganization is provided in Encana's proxy statement/management information circular and prospectus dated December 11, 2019 in respect of the Meeting.

ADVISORY REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS – This news release contains forward-looking statements or information (collectively, "FLS") within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, including Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. FLS include: anticipated completion of the reorganization and benefits of the transaction. FLS involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties that may cause such statements not to occur or results to differ materially. These assumptions include: the ability to receive, in a timely manner and on satisfactory terms, stock exchange and court approvals and expectations based on views of historical trends. Risks and uncertainties include: ability to achieve anticipated benefits of the reorganization; satisfaction of conditions; risks relating to the new company following the reorganization; impact of changes in credit rating and access to liquidity, risks that the description of the transactions in external communications may not properly reflect the underlying legal and tax principles of the reorganization; and other risks and uncertainties as described in Encana's December 11, 2019 information circular and prospectus, Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and as described from time to time in Encana's other periodic filings as filed on SEDAR and EDGAR. Although Encana believes such FLS are reasonable, there can be no assurance they will prove to be correct. The above assumptions, risks and uncertainties are not exhaustive. FLS are made as of the date hereof and, except as required by law, Encana undertakes no obligation to update or revise any FLS.

Historic photos sought for ‘Olde Tyme Pinedale’ display (posted 1/11/2020)
The Pinedale Library is planning a community exhibit coming in February titled "Olde Tyme Pinedale." They are asking the public’s help in finding pictures. They are looking for:

• Pre-1995 (at least 25 year old) photos capturing life in Pinedale.
• People shots are preferred, not scenic.
• Funny photos are a plus, and photos featuring people still with us are a plus.
• Photos sized 8"x10" or larger are preferred.
• Photos do not have to be framed.

Please bring submissions to the Pinedale Library's front desk by Monday, January 27th. Have name, phone number and caption attached to each. Please note they may not be able to display every photo that is submitted.

Wolves roaming Colorado (posted 1/11/2020)
Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
Joshua Carney of the Craig Daily Press followed up on a report of an elk killed by wolves in northern Colorado’s Irish Canyon in early January. According to Carney (article linked below), the dead bull elk was indeed confirmed as a wolf kill. And it’s one of several confirmed reports that wolves are already in Colorado – as that state’s residents prepare to vote on a wolf reintroduction program this fall.

After Carney’s article was published, news finally filtered out about two wolves that were videotaped in the area back in October by elk hunters. To watch the video, check out the Denver Post link below.

Related Links:
Elk Kill - Craig Daily Press
Video & photos of kill - Denver post
Wolf Watch - by Pinedale Online!

BLM Pinedale Field Office proposes invasive vegetative management (posted 1/10/2020)
Public comments accepted until Jan. 27, 2020
Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Field Office (PFO) is beginning a public scoping comment period to address invasive vegetation management within its administrative boundary. The purpose of the proposed project is to reduce the establishment and spread of invasive vegetative species by allowing treatments on a landscape scale and providing specific management direction for treating invasive vegetative species within Wilderness Study Areas (WSA).

Preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) is planned using previous direction from Environmental Impact Statements and EAs to more specifically address lands managed by PFO. This EA will also analyze the potential effects of vegetation treatments within the Lake Mountain and Scab Creek WSAs.

The BLM is beginning a two-week public scoping period on Jan. 13, 2020 to solicit input on the issues, impacts, and potential alternatives which could be addressed in the Environmental Assessment documents. The scoping period will end Jan. 27, 2020. Comments about the proposed project can be emailed to or mailed to:
BLM Pinedale Field Office
Attn: Liz Dailey, Project Lead
PO Box 768
Pinedale, WY 82941

Please be advised that when you include your address, phone number, email address or other personal information in your comments, your entire comment, including your personal information, may be publicly available at any time. While you may request that we withhold your personal information from public review, we cannot guarantee we will be able to do so. For more information, contact Liz Dailey at (307) 367-5300.

Graphic courtesy Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
Graphic courtesy Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
Fourth Quarter Energy Survey (posted 1/10/2020)
Drilling activity not expected to pick up in the near term
The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City released the fourth quarter Energy Survey on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. According to Chad Wilkerson, Oklahoma City Branch executive and economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the survey revealed that Tenth District energy activity dropped further and expectations for future activity continued to decline.

"District energy activity continued to decrease through Q4 2019 and most firms do not expect drilling activity to pick up in the near-term," said Wilkerson. "However, slightly more firms expect their cash flow to be higher next year than expect it to be lower."

The Kansas City Fed's quarterly Tenth District Energy Survey provides information on current and expected activity among energy firms in the Tenth District. The survey monitors oil and gas-related firms located and/or headquartered in the Tenth District, with results based on total firm activity. Survey results reveal changes in several indicators of energy activity, including drilling, capital spending, and employment. Firms also indicate projections for oil and gas prices. All results are diffusion indexes – the percentage of firms indicating increases minus the percentage of firms indicating decreases. Results from current and past surveys and release dates for future surveys can be found at

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City serves the Tenth Federal Reserve District, encompassing the western third of Missouri; all of Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wyoming; and the northern half of New Mexico. As part of the nation’s central bank, the Bank participates in setting national monetary policy, supervising and regulating numerous commercial banks and bank holding companies, and providing financial services to depository institutions. More information is available online at

Click on this link to read the energy report from January 10, 2020.

Highlights (JANUARY 10, 2020):
Fourth quarter energy survey results revealed Tenth District energy activity dropped further and expectations for future activity continued to decline. Firms reported that oil prices needed to be on average $65 per barrel for substantial increases in drilling to occur, down slightly from six months ago but higher than both current prices and prices expected over the next year.

This quarter firms were asked what oil and natural gas prices were needed on average for a substantial increase in drilling to occur (in alternate quarters they are asked what price they need to be profitable on average across the fields in which they are active). The average oil price needed was $65 per barrel, with a range of $38 to $94. This average was below the price reported in the second quarter of 2019, but up slightly from the fourth quarter of 2018. The average natural gas price needed was $3.66 per million Btu, with responses ranging from $2.75 to $7.00.

Tenth District energy activity dropped further in the fourth quarter of 2019, as indicated by firms contacted between December 16th and December 31st, 2019. The drilling and business activity index fell from -23 to -48, indicating a continued, significant decrease in activity following a slight expansion earlier in 2019. However, the revenues index improved slightly, the wages and benefits index remained positive, and the employment index was flat. The supplier delivery time, profits, employee hours, and access to credit indexes all declined.

Firms were again asked what they expected oil and natural gas prices to be in six months, one year, two years, and five years. Expected oil prices were slightly higher than Q3 2019, but similar to Q1 2019 price expectations. The average expected WTI prices were $60, $62, $65, and $71 per barrel, respectively. Expectations for natural gas prices decreased from last quarter. The average expected Henry Hub natural gas prices were $2.38, $2.49, $2.69, and $3.09 per million Btu, respectively.

Firms were also asked about their cash flow expectations for 2020 compared to 2019 (Chart 3). Nearly 37 percent of surveyed firms indicated they anticipate higher cash flow for 2020 compared to 2019, while 33 percent expect it will be down, and 30 percent expect no material change.

Finally, respondents were asked in what quarter they expect the U.S. rig count to begin rising again (Chart 4). Over 20 percent predicted an uptick in rig counts in Q2 2020 and 25 percent expected the U.S. rig count to increase in Q3 2020. However, over 33 percent reported they do not believe the rig count will increase in 2020 and listed timeframes extending into 2021 or later.

JIO, PAPO Boards of Directors meetings scheduled for January 23 in Cheyenne (posted 1/10/2020)
Bureau of Land Management
The Jonah Interagency Office (JIO) and Pinedale Anticline Project Office (PAPO) Boards of Directors are scheduled to meet in Cheyenne, Wyoming on Thursday, January 23, 2020. Both meetings are open to the public and will be held in the Trout Room at the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Office, 5400 Bishop Blvd.

The PAPO Board meeting will be 8:30-10 a.m. The JIO Board will meet immediately afterward and is expected to conclude by 11:30 a.m.

Each board will review proposed budgets for 2020, receive updates on JIO/PAPO website maintenance, and progress on active projects. The Board will make funding decisions necessary for wildlife monitoring and will discuss the future of both JIO and PAPO.

Agendas for the JIO and PAPO Board meetings can be found at

Additional information on the JIO/PAPO is available at

For more information, please contact Kellie Roadifer at (307) 367-5309 or

Ice fishing derby on Fremont Lake March 7 & 8, 2020 (posted 12/31/19)
Hosted by the Pinedale Lions Club
The Pinedale Lions Club will be hosting the 2020 Big Fish Winter Derby on Fremont Lake on Saturday and Sunday, March 7 & 8, 2020.

The two-day fishing event will feature over $7,000 in cash and prizes. There is a $1,000 Grand Prize for the largest fish turned in each day. The tournament pays four places each day as well as $100 for the biggest fish each hour and $200 for the biggest rainbow and brown brought in each day. Entry fee is $40.

There will be a youth division for anglers under 14 years of age. Youth participants must be fishing with a licensed adult participant. Entries in the free Youth division are not eligible for prizes in the Big Fish division, but youths are welcome to enter the main tournament instead.

Online pre-registration will be available via the Pinedale Lions Club Facebook page. In-person pre- registration will take place at Rendezvous Meadows Club House in Pinedale on Friday, March 6 from 6:00 – 9:00pm and at the lake after 6am each morning. ALL participants MUST check in at Lakeside Lodge before fishing to receive a derby ticket. No pets or passenger vehicles will be allowed on the ice. Parking is always a challenge, so carpooling is strongly encouraged.

This event is based out of Lakeside Lodge, four miles north of Pinedale and is operating under a special use permit with the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Pinedale Ranger District.

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