Required LicensesFishing is allowed on the National Elk Refuge in accordance with State law, with some Refuge-specific regulations, as described below. A State of Wyoming fishing license is required when fishing Refuge waters. A conservation stamp is also required for resident and non-resident annual license holders; holders of daily fishing licenses do not need a conservation stamp.
Fishing licenses can be obtained at the Jackson Hole & Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center at 532 N. Cache Street in Jackson or at local tackle shops.
An copy of the Refuge's fishing brochure (Adobe PDF), which includes a map, is available here.
Open WatersGros Ventre River is open year round. Access is through Grand Teton National Park along the Gros Ventre Road.
Upper Flat Creek is open upstream from the McBride Bridge to the Bridger-Teton National Forest boundary from May 1 through November 30.
Lower Flat Creek and Nowlin Creek are open to fishing from August 1 through October 31 between posted boundaries. These boundaries are at the Old Crawford Bridge site upstream to the McBride Bridge on the Flat Creek Road and up Nowlin Creek from its confluence with Flat Creek to the Closed Area boundary sign. The area is restricted to artificial flies only.
Sleeping Indian Pond is located at the Jackson National Fish Hatchery. Fishing hours at the pond are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The creel limit is restricted to one fish per day per licensed angler. This locations is also designated as an area for anglers with disabilities.
All other Refuge waters are closed to fishing.
Snake River Cutthroat TroutRefuge waters provide critical habitat for the only native fish to the region: the Snake River cutthroat trout.
Invasive SpeciesWaters on the National Elk Refuge can also hold brook, brown, and rainbow trout. The Wyoming Game & Fish Department strongly encourages harvesting these non-native species in order to reduce their impact on the native cutthroat trout population.
The Wyoming Game & Fish Department and the National Elk Refuge promote best practices to prevent the spread of unwanted Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Anglers are asked to drain, clean, and dry all fishing gear before re-use in a new body of water.
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