Fishing Restrictions Lifted
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2010
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2012
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone To Lift Mandatory Fishing Restrictions
Cooler temperatures will allow Yellowstone National Park officials to lift mandatory fishing restrictions from all of the park’s rivers and creeks, effective at 2:oo p.m., Wednesday, August 22. Biologists will continue to evaluate conditions and reinstate restrictions if necessary.
Mandatory fishing restrictions have been in place on many of Yellowstone’s rivers and streams since July 21, when low water flows, coupled with 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. Changes to the fishing restrictions will be communicated in future news releases and posted on the park’s Web site at: http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/newsreleases.htm.
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 $15 three-day permit, a $20 seven-day permit or a $35 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.
Did You Know?
Prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose.