Fishing is permitted in most areas of these parks, and on adjacent national forests. People 16 years of age or older are required to have a California fishing license. Get copies of park-specific regulations at any visitor center.

Licenses are not always available in park markets, so bring them with you, buy them in nearby communities before you enter the park, or get one at Hume Lake (north of the Grant Grove area). Tackle is available at most park markets. State fishing regulations apply, with the following exceptions.

In areas below 9,000 feet in elevation and more than one quarter of a mile from developed areas:
  • State fishing regulations apply to all species that may be taken, with the following exceptions: Rainbow Trout, Sacramento Sucker, Kern Rainbow, Sculpin, and Roach fish (i.e. native species of the park) must be released.
  • Artificial flies or lures with barb-less hooks are required.
In areas at or above 9,000 feet in elevation and/or within one quarter of a mile of developed areas, state fishing regulations apply.

Soda Springs Creek is closed to fishing.

Developed areas, for the purpose of this regulation, include areas within one quarter of a mile of buildings, campgrounds, picnic areas or parking lots that accommodate more than five (5) vehicles.

The Code of Federal Regulations has more information about fishing in national parks.

Last updated: February 16, 2017

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