Many visitors enjoy fishing in the lakes, streams, oceans, and rivers within our national parks. Whether it’s the quiet solitude of a mountain lake or the rush of a river, national parks offer many settings for fishermen of all types. However, fishing has the potential to damage the health of fish populations, and that’s why national parks actively manage fishing in their waters. Fishing regulations are put in place to protect and conserve the native fish populations. Learning and following the fishing rules is one of the best ways for visitors to help protect and preserve fish and fishing.
Use the pages below to help plan your next fishing trip in national parks.
Before You Go
Fishing Opportunities in National Parks
Find parks with fishing opportunities.
How Regulations Work
Find where and how you can fish within park boundaries.
Plan Your Trip
Use the trip planning guide to plan your fishing trip in National Parks.
Gear Up for Fishing
Use this list of basic fishing gear when starting out fishing.
Types of Fishing
Decide the type of fishing you want to do in National Parks.
During your Trip
Catch and Release Fishing
Learn the ins and outs of catch and release fishing.
Stay Safe on the Water
Keep these fishing safety tips in mind for a fun and successful day out on the water.
A quick guide to fishing in National Parks.
After Your Trip
Clean. Drain. Dry.
Protect our parks by following the clean, drain, dry procedure after you get off the water.
Fish Consumption Advisories
Be aware before you consume.
Last updated: June 13, 2018