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Area 1 Regulations

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Area 1 means the Snake River, Salt River, Greys River, Hoback River, Gros Ventre River and Buffalo Fork River drainages and all drainages west of the Teton and Snake River Ranges. Fishing is permitted as described on Statewide Creel Limits and Statewide Regulations except as otherwise specified in this section:

Category

Creel and Possession Limits

Trout (in combination includes brown, cutthroat, grayling, golden, rainbow, salmon, splake, tiger trout, and other trout hybrids). Excludes brook trout and lake trout. All lakes within Area 1, unless indicated otherwise: six (6)

All streams within Area 1, unless indicated otherwise: three (3) No more than one (1) trout shall exceed sixteen (16) inches; and, no more than one (1) cutthroat trout shall exceed twelve (12) inches.

TOTAL STREAMS AND LAKES COMBINED: six (6)

Burbot (ling)* Nongame fish, unlimited harvest. Must be killed immediately.
Northern pike* Nongame fish, unlimited harvest. Must be killed immediately.
Whitefish Twenty-five (25)
  1. Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway.

    Fishing is permitted as described here except as otherwise specified in this section. Fishing shall be in conformance with laws and regulations of the Commission, the state of Wyoming and the regulations of the National Park Service.

    • All lakes within the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway and Grand Teton National Park, unless indicated otherwise.
      • The creel limit on trout shall be six (6) per day or in possession. No more than three (3) shall be cutthroat trout; and, no more than one (1) cutthroat trout shall exceed twelve (12) inches.
    • All streams within the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway and Grand Teton National Park, unless indicated otherwise.
      • The creel limit on trout shall be three (3) per day or in possession. No more than one (1) trout shall exceed sixteen (16) inches; and, no more than one (1) cutthroat trout shall exceed twelve (12) inches.
    • All streams within the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway and Grand Teton National Park, excluding Buffalo Fork River, Gros Ventre River, Pacific Creek, Polecat Creek and Snake River.
      • Closed to fishing December 1 through July 31.
      • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
    • The following fishless lakes are closed to fishing throughout the calendar year:
      • Christian Ponds, Hedrick Pond, Moose Pond, Sawmill Pond, and Swan Lake.
    • Blacktail Spring Ponds.
      • Closed to fishing December 1 through July 31.
      • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
    • Jackson Lake.
      • Closed to fishing from October 1 through October 31.
    • Snake River proper.

    See Snake River exceptions below.

    • Other Grand Teton National Park information.
      • The use of personal watercraft is prohibited on all waters.
      • The use of motorized watercraft is prohibited on all waters, excluding Jackson and Jenny lakes.
      • The use or possession of live baitfish is prohibited. The use or possession of dead baitfish or parts thereof is prohibited on all waters except that it shall be permissible to possess or use the following dead baitfish on any lake where fishing is not restricted to the use of artificial flies and lures only; redside shiner, speckled dace, longnose dace, Paiute sculpin, mottled sculpin, Utah chub, Utah sucker and commercially preserved dead baitfish.
      • The use of archery equipment and spearguns is prohibited.
  2. Flat Creek on the National Elk Refuge from the McBride Bridge downstream to the posted closure sign in Teton County.
    • Closed to fishing from November 1 through July 31.
    • The creel limit on trout shall be six (6) per day or in possession. No more than one (1) shall be a cutthroat trout; and, all cutthroat trout less than twenty (20) inches shall be released to the water immediately.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies only.
    • National Elk Refuge regulations restrict fishing access to daylight hours only.
  3. Flat Creek from the posted closure sign on the National Elk Refuge downstream to the west boundary of the National Elk Refuge in Teton County.
    • Closed to fishing throughout the calendar year.
  4. Greys River proper from Corral Creek downstream to the Murphy Creek Bridge in Lincoln County.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  5. Gros Ventre River from the eastern boundary of the National Elk Refuge downstream to the U.S. Highway 26/89/191 Bridge in Teton County.
    • National Elk Refuge regulations prohibit fishing from December 1 through March 31.
  6. Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park in Teton County.
    • Closed to fishing from October 1 through October 31.
  7. Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park in Teton County.
    • Motorized watercraft in excess of ten (10) horsepower prohibited.
  8. Lake of the Woods in Fremont County.
    • Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
  9. Nowlin Creek on the National Elk Refuge upstream from the “Closed Area” signs in Teton County.
    • Closed to fishing throughout the calendar year.
  10. Nowlin Creek on the National Elk Refuge from “Closed Area” signs downstream to its confluence with Flat Creek in Teton County.
    • Closed to fishing from November 1 through July 31.
    • The creel limit on trout shall be six (6) per day or in possession. No more than one (1) shall be a cutthroat trout; and, all cutthroat trout less than twenty (20) inches shall be released to the water immediately.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies only.
    • National Elk Refuge regulations restrict fishing access to daylight hours only.
  11. Salt River drainage upstream from the Upper Narrows Bridge (Wyoming Highway 238) in Lincoln County.
    • All trout shall be released to the water immediately from November 1 through December 31.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only from November 1 through December 31.
  12. Salt River from one quarter (¼) mile below the Highway 238 Bridge downstream to the Diversion (Murray) Fishing Access as posted in Lincoln County.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  13. Snake River proper from Yellowstone National Park boundary downstream to Jackson Lake in Teton County.
    • All cutthroat trout shall be released to the water immediately from November 1 through March 31.
  14. Snake River proper from one hundred fifty (150) feet below Jackson Lake dam downstream to the gauging station one thousand (1,000) feet below Jackson Lake dam in Teton County.
    • All cutthroat trout shall be released to the water immediately from November 1 through March 31.
  15. Snake River proper from one thousand (1,000) feet below Jackson Lake dam (at gauging station) downstream to the Wyoming Highway 22 Bridge (Wilson Bridge) in Teton County.
    • All cutthroat trout shall be released to the water immediately from November 1 through March 31.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  16. Snake River from Grand Teton National Park boundary in Teton County to the Sheep Gulch boat ramp in Lincoln County.
    • Use of personal watercraft is prohibited.
    • Use of motorized watercraft is prohibited, except motorized watercraft, other than personal watercraft, powered by a single motor not to exceed one hundred fifteen (115) horsepower are allowed from South Park Bridge (U.S. Highway 26/89/191) to West Table boat ramp from the day after Labor Day through March 31st.
  17. Snake River proper from Wyoming Highway 22 Bridge (Wilson Bridge) downstream to Palisades Reservoir in Lincoln and Teton counties.
    • All cutthroat trout shall be released to the water immediately from November 1 through March 31.
  18. Soda Lake in the Gros Ventre River drainage in Teton County.
    • The creel limit on trout shall be one (1) per day or in possession. All trout less than twenty (20) inches shall be released to the water immediately.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.

Other Area 1 Regulations

Area 1 Live Baitfish

The use or possession of live baitfish in Area 1 is prohibited except that licensed live baitfish dealers may possess live baitfish native to the drainage until the time of sale. Holders of valid seining licenses may only seine, net, trap or spear baitfish native to the drainage for use as dead bait, excluding the waters within Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway. Any baitfish captured, except those to be held by licensed live baitfish dealers, shall be killed immediately. Baitfish permissible for use as dead bait in the Snake River drainage are redside shiner, speckled dace, longnose dace, Paiute sculpin, mottled sculpin, Utah chub, Utah sucker and commercially preserved dead baitfish.

Palisades Reservoir

The boundaries of Palisades Reservoir shall be the confluence of the Snake and Greys rivers and McCoy Creek Bridge on the Salt River arm.

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