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Area 4 Regulations

Area 4 means the Green River, Little Snake River, Bear River and Great Divide Basin drainages. Fishing is permitted as described 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 4, unless indicated otherwise: six (6) All streams within Area 4, unless indicated otherwise: three (3) No more than one (1) trout shall exceed sixteen (16) 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.
Walleye Nongame fish, unlimited harvest. Must be killed immediately.
Yellow perch* Nongame fish, unlimited harvest. Must be killed immediately.
  1. Bear River drainage streams including Smiths Fork and Salt Creek (also called Thomas Fork) drainages, unless indicated otherwise, in Lincoln and Uinta counties.
    • 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 sixteen (16) inches.
  2. Burnt Lake in Sublette County.
    • Closed to fishing from November 15 through April 30.
  3. Currant Creek in Sweetwater County.
    • Closed to fishing from April 1 through June 30.
    • All cutthroat trout shall be released to the water immediately.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  4. Dollar Lake in Sublette County.
    • Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
  5. Fall Creek in Sublette County.
    • Closed to fishing from May 1 through June 30 from Burnt Lake downstream five hundred (500) yards.
  6. Fish Creek drainage (of South Piney Creek) on the Bridger-Teton National Forest upstream from the forest boundary in Sublette County.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  7. Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Sweetwater County.
    • The creel limit on trout (excluding lake trout) shall be four (4) per day or in possession. No more than three (3) shall be kokanee salmon.
    • The creel limit on lake trout shall be twelve (12) per day, twenty-four (24) in possession. No more than one (1) lake trout in possession shall exceed twenty-eight (28) inches.
    • All kokanee salmon caught from September 10 through November 30 shall be released to the water immediately.
    • All lake trout shall be kept whole (gills and entrails may be removed) until the angler is off the water or ice and done fishing for the day. Once off the water or ice and done fishing for the day, lake trout can be filleted for transportation and storage. A piece of skin large enough to allow species identification (at least one (1) inch square) shall remain on all fish fillets while in transit or in the field.
    • All smallmouth bass shall be returned to the water immediately.
    • The possession or use of gaffs for landing fish is prohibited.
    • See Flaming Gorge Reciprocal Stamp section below.
  8. Flume Creek below Fontenelle Reservoir in Sweetwater County.
    • Closed to fishing throughout the calendar year.
  9. Green River from Warren Bridge (Highway 191) downstream to the Swain’s (Wood’s) Bridge, Sublette County Road 23-179 in Sublette County.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  10. Green River from Fontenelle Dam downstream approximately one (1) mile to the U.S. Geological Survey gauge station (cable crossing) at the Weeping Rocks Campground in Sweetwater County.
    • Closed to fishing from October 1 through December 31.
  11. Green River from the Sweetwater County Road 8 Bridge, 4.5 miles below Fontenelle Dam, downstream to the Big Sandy River in Sweetwater 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.
  12. Green River Lakes (upper and lower lakes) in Sublette County.
    • Use of personal watercraft is prohibited.
  13. Halfmoon Lake in Sublette County.
    • The creel limit on lake trout shall be two (2) per day or in possession. No more than one (1) lake trout shall exceed twenty-four (24) inches.
  14. Ham’s Fork River from Viva Naughton Reservoir downstream to Kemmerer City Reservoir in Lincoln County.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  15. Jim Bridger Pond in Sweetwater County.
    • Closed to ice fishing.
    • Watercraft prohibited inside that area inside the pumphouse booms.
    • Motorized watercraft in excess of fifteen (15) horsepower prohibited.
  16. Kemmerer City Reservoir in Lincoln County.
    • 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.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
    • Use of motorized watercraft is prohibited.
  17. Kendall Warm Springs and Kendall Warm Springs Creek in Sublette County.
    • Closed to fishing throughout the calendar year.
  18. LaBarge Creek, five hundred (500) feet downstream of the fish migration barrier located between Big Fall Creek and Turkey Creek on the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Lincoln County.
    • Closed to fishing throughout the calendar year.
  19. Lake Alice in Lincoln County.
    • The creel limit on trout shall be six (6) per day or in possession. No more than two (2) cutthroat trout shall exceed twelve (12) inches.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
    • Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
  20. Little Soda Lake in Sublette County.
    • Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
  21. Meadow Creek in Sublette County.
    • Closed to fishing from May 1 through June 30.
  22. Meadow Lake in Sublette County.
    • The portion east of the Game and Fish Department markers shall be closed to fishing from May 1 through June 30. The entire lake is closed to fishing from November 21 through April 30
  23. Middle Piney Lake in Sublette County.
    • Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
  24. New Fork Lakes in Sublette County.
    • Use of personal watercraft is prohibited.
  25. New Fork River above the New Fork Lakes in Sublette County.
    • Closed to fishing from September 1 through April 30.
  26. New Fork River from the Mesa Road Bridge (Sublette County Road 23-123) downstream to the confluence with the East Fork River in Sublette County.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  27. North Cottonwood Creek drainage (including Maki Creek) on the Bridger-Teton National Forest upstream from the forest boundary in Sublette County.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  28. North Horse Creek and Lead Creek drainage on the Bridger-Teton National Forest upstream from the forest boundary in Sublette County.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  29. North Piney Creek drainage on the Bridger-Teton National Forest upstream from the forest boundary in Sublette County.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  30. North Piney Lake and upstream tributaries in Sublette County.
    • Closed to fishing from June 1 through July 15.
    • The creel limit on cutthroat trout shall be one (1) per day or in possession.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  31. Pinedale Children’s Pond in Sublette County.
    • It shall be unlawful for persons fourteen (14) years of age and older to fish.
  32. Rock Crib Lake in Sublette County.
    • The creel limit on brook trout shall be six (6) per day or in possession.
  33. Salt Creek (also called Thomas Fork) drainage (including Raymond Creek) upstream from the Wyoming-Idaho state line in Lincoln County.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  34. Smiths Fork drainage upstream from the Hobble Creek confluence (including Hobble Creek drainage) in Lincoln County.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  35. Soda Lake north of Pinedale in Sublette County.
    • Closed to fishing from November 15 through April 30.
    • The creel limit on trout (including brook trout) shall be one (1) per day or in possession.
    • Use of personal watercraft is prohibited.
    • Use of internal combustion motors is prohibited from May 1 through May 31.
  36. South Cottonwood Creek drainage, excluding Soda Lake ponds, on the Bridger-Teton National Forest upstream from the forest boundary in Sublette County.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  37. South Horse Creek drainage on the Bridger-Teton National Forest upstream from the forest boundary in Sublette County.
    • Fishing is permitted by the use of artificial flies and lures only.
  38. State Hospital Pond in Uinta County.
    • State Hospital Pond is open only to patients of the Wyoming State Hospital.
  39. Viva Naughton Reservoir in Lincoln County.
    • The creel limit on trout shall be six (6) per day or in possession. No more than one (1) trout shall exceed twenty (20) inches.
    • Upstream face of Viva Naughton Dam closed to fishing throughout the calendar year (no one shall fish from the dam).
  40. Wagon Creek Lake in Sublette County.
    • The creel limit on brook trout shall be six (6) per day or in possession.

Other Area 4 Regulations

Area 4 Live Baitfish

The use or possession of live baitfish in Area 4 is prohibited. A holder of a valid seining license may seine, net, trap or spear baitfish in the Green and Bear River drainages, excluding Kendall Warm Springs, Halfmoon Lake, Little Halfmoon Lake, Burnt Lake, the Bitter Creek drainage upstream of Rock Springs city limits and the Big Sandy drainage upstream of Big Sandy Reservoir. Any live baitfish captured shall be killed immediately and used only as dead bait.

Flaming Gorge Reservoir Reciprocal Stamp

A person possessing a valid Utah resident fishing license and a valid Wyoming reciprocal fishing stamp, may fish in the Wyoming portions of Flaming Gorge Reservoir and may take creel and possession limits from Wyoming waters of the reservoir in compliance with Wyoming fishing regulations. The fee for a Wyoming reciprocal stamp shall be thirty dollars ($30). A person possessing a valid Wyoming resident fishing license and a valid Utah reciprocal fishing stamp, may fish in the Utah portions of Flaming Gorge Reservoir and may take creel and possession limits from Utah waters of the reservoir in compliance with Utah fishing regulations.