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Yellowstone Continues Mandatory Fishing Restrictions

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Date: August 15, 2007
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2010
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2007    07-72
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2010 or 344-2012

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone Continues Mandatory Fishing Restrictions

Some rivers and creeks in Yellowstone National Park will continue to be closed to fishing each day between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. until further notice.

These restrictions, which took effect on July 21, affect the Yellowstone, Madison, Firehole, Gibbon and Falls rivers including several of their tributaries. Details are available on the park website at: http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/fishing.htm.

The restrictions were implemented due to low water flows and high water temperatures. Water levels continue to decrease, and continued high air temperatures have resulted in high afternoon water temperatures, which can be stressful and even fatal for trout.

The rivers will continue to be evaluated on a weekly basis and restrictions will be lifted as conditions allow. Angler cooperation with these restrictions will help to protect the park fisheries and may preclude the need for additional fishing restrictions and closures.

The extended forecast calls for a slight chance of isolated afternoon thunderstorms with continued hot and dry conditions that will contribute to continued low stream flows and high water temperatures.

- www.nps.gov/yell -

Did You Know?

Bison in Yellowstone.

There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.