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Yellowstone To Lift Mandatory Fishing Restrictions

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Date: August 31, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
August 31, 2012       12-070   

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Yellowstone To Lift Mandatory Fishing Restrictions

Cooler water temperatures will allow Yellowstone National Park officials to lift mandatory fishing restrictions from the Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison rivers effective Friday, August 31.

Mandatory fishing restrictions have been in place on these rivers since August 1, when unusually high air temperatures, resulted in high afternoon water temperatures of 70-80 degrees. Water temperatures this high can be stressful and even fatal for trout. Angler cooperation with fishing restrictions has helped protect the park fisheries. All other waters are open in accordance with the fishing regulations. 

A Yellowstone National Park Fishing Permit is required to fish in the park. Anglers 16 years of age and older are required to purchase a $18 three-day permit, a $25 seven-day permit, or a $40 season permit. Anglers 15 and younger may fish without a permit if they are fishing under the direct supervision of an adult who has a valid park fishing permit, or may obtain a free permit that must be signed by a responsible adult; with this permit, a child can fish without direct adult supervision.

Fishing permits are available at all ranger stations, visitor centers, and Yellowstone Park General Stores. Fishing permits are also available at many businesses in the Greater Yellowstone Area. No state fishing license is required in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone fishing information and regulations may also be found on the park's Web site at: http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/fishdates.htm.

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