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Area 1 Regulations

Wyoming Area 1 Fishing Regulations

Area 1 encompasses the Snake River, Salt River, Greys River, Hoback River, Gros Ventre River, and Buffalo Fork River drainages, as well as all drainages west of the Teton and Snake River Ranges. Fishing regulations within Area 1 adhere to the following guidelines, with exceptions as specified:

Creel and Possession Limits

  • Trout (excluding brook trout, lake trout, and splake):

    • All lakes within Area 1: 6 trout
    • All streams within Area 1: 3 trout
      • No more than 1 trout exceeding 16 inches
      • No more than 1 cutthroat trout exceeding 12 inches
  • Burbot (ling) and Northern Pike:

    • Not currently known to occur in Area 1
    • Any captured fish should be promptly reported by calling 307-733-2321
  • Nongame Fish:

    • Unlimited harvest
    • Must be killed immediately
  • Whitefish:

    • Creel limit of 25

Fishing Regulations in Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway

Permitted Fishing Activities:

  • Fishing is allowed in accordance with the regulations of the Commission, the state of Wyoming, and the National Park Service, except where explicitly restricted.

Creel Limits for Trout:

  • Lakes: Six (6) trout per day or in possession. No more than three (3) may be cutthroat trout, with only one (1) exceeding twelve (12) inches.
  • Streams: Three (3) trout per day or in possession. Only one (1) trout may exceed sixteen (16) inches, and no more than one (1) cutthroat trout may exceed twelve (12) inches.

Seasonal Stream Closures:

  • Streams excluding Buffalo Fork River, Gros Ventre River, Pacific Creek, Polecat Creek, and Snake River are closed from December 1 through July 31.
  • Fishing in these streams is permitted using artificial flies and lures only.

Closed Fishless Lakes:

  • Lakes closed to fishing year-round: Christian Ponds, Hedrick Pond, Moose Pond, Sawmill Pond, and Swan Lake.
  • Blacktail Spring Ponds are closed from December 1 through July 31. Fishing allowed with artificial flies and lures only.

Jackson Lake Closure:

  • Closed to fishing from October 1 through October 31.

Snake River Proper:

  • Refer to specific Snake River exceptions for regulations.

Additional Park Regulations:

  • Personal watercraft are prohibited on all waters.
  • Motorized watercraft are prohibited on all waters except Jackson and Jenny lakes.
  • Live baitfish use or possession is prohibited.
  • Dead baitfish use is limited, only permitted in lakes not restricted to artificial flies and lures. Accepted dead baitfish include redside shiner, speckled dace, longnose dace, Paiute sculpin, mottled sculpin, Utah chub, Utah sucker, and commercially preserved dead baitfish.
  • Archery equipment and spear guns are prohibited.

Flat Creek on the National Elk Refuge (McBride Bridge downstream to posted closure sign)

  • Closed to fishing from November 1 through July 31.
  • Creel limit on trout: six (6) per day or in possession. No more than one (1) cutthroat trout; all cutthroat trout less than twenty (20) inches must be released immediately.
  • Fishing permitted by the use of artificial flies only.
  • Fishing access restricted to daylight hours only.

Flat Creek on the National Elk Refuge (posted closure sign downstream to west boundary of National Elk Refuge)

  • Closed to fishing throughout the calendar year.

Greys River proper (Corral Creek downstream to Murphy Creek Bridge)

  • Fishing permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.

Gros Ventre River (eastern boundary of National Elk Refuge downstream to U.S. Highway 26/89/191 Bridge)

  • Fishing prohibited from December 1 through March 31.

Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park

  • Closed to fishing from October 1 through October 31.

Jenny Lake, Grand Teton National Park

  • Prohibited to use a motor in excess of ten (10) horsepower.

Lake of the Woods, Fremont County

  • Prohibited to use internal combustion engines in motorized watercraft.

Nowlin Creek on the National Elk Refuge (upstream from “Closed Area” signs to confluence with Flat Creek)

  • Closed to fishing throughout the calendar year.

Nowlin Creek on the National Elk Refuge (from “Closed Area” signs downstream to confluence with Flat Creek)

  • Closed to fishing from November 1 through July 31.
  • Creel limit on trout: six (6) per day or in possession. No more than one (1) cutthroat trout; all cutthroat trout less than twenty (20) inches must be released immediately.
  • Fishing permitted by the use of artificial flies only.
  • Fishing access restricted to daylight hours only.

Salt River drainage (upstream from Upper Narrows Bridge to Diversion Fishing Access)

  • All trout must be released immediately from November 1 through December 31.
  • Fishing permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only from November 1 through December 31.

Salt River (one quarter (¼) mile below Wyoming Highway 238 Bridge downstream to Diversion Fishing Access)

  • Fishing permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.

Snake River proper (Yellowstone National Park boundary downstream to Jackson Lake)

  • All cutthroat trout must be released immediately from November 1 through March 31.

Snake River proper (one hundred fifty (150) feet below Jackson Lake dam downstream to gauging station one thousand (1,000) feet below Jackson Lake dam)

  • All cutthroat trout must be released immediately from November 1 through March 31.

Snake River proper (one thousand (1,000) feet below Jackson Lake dam downstream to Wyoming Highway 22 Bridge)

  • All cutthroat trout must be released immediately from November 1 through March 31.
  • Fishing permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.

Snake River (Grand Teton National Park boundary to Sheep Gulch boat ramp)

  • Prohibited use of personal watercraft.
  • Prohibited use of motorized watercraft, except single motor not exceeding one hundred fifteen (115) horsepower allowed from South Park Bridge to West Table boat ramp from day after Labor Day through March 31.

Snake River proper (Wyoming Highway 22 Bridge downstream to Palisades Reservoir)

  • All cutthroat trout must be released immediately from November 1 through March 31.

Soda Lake in Gros Ventre River drainage

  • Creel limit on trout: one (1) per day or in possession. All trout less than twenty (20) inches must be released immediately.
  • Fishing permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.

Area 1 Live Baitfish Regulations

The use or possession of live baitfish in Area 1 is strictly prohibited. However, holders of valid seining licenses are permitted to seine, net, trap, or spear baitfish native to the drainage for use as dead bait, with the exception of the waters within Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway. Any baitfish captured must be immediately killed. The baitfish permissible for use as dead bait in the Snake River drainage include redside shiner, speckled dace, longnose dace, Paiute sculpin, mottled sculpin, Utah chub, Utah sucker, and commercially preserved dead baitfish.

Palisades Reservoir Boundaries

The boundaries of Palisades Reservoir are defined as follows: from the confluence of the Snake and Greys rivers to McCoy Creek Bridge on the Salt River arm.

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