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 roiling 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. When planning your next fishing adventure, use the pages below to learn more about fishing regulations in parks as well as how to fish responsibly.

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Fishing Regulations

Stay informed on park fishing regulations.

Catch and Release Fishing

Catch and Release Fishing

Learn the ins and outs of catch and release fishing.

Fishing at lake

Responsible Fishing

Help sustain fisheries at parks.


Fish Consumption Advisories

Read before you consume.

Man with fish

Photo With Your Fish

Learn how to take a selfie with your fish.

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