Includes the Yellowstone River upstream of Chittenden Bridge near Canyon, Yellowstone Lake and its tributaries, Middle Creek of the North Fork Shoshone River.
Yellowstone River opens July 1.
Permanently Closed to Fishing on the Yellowstone River
Yellowstone Lake opens with the general season.
Streams flowing into Yellowstone Lake, its tributaries, and areas within 100 yards (91 m) of each stream’s outlet open July 15. Access to many areas is restricted by Bear Management Area Closures, see the Yellowstone Backcountry Trip Planner for details.
Permanently Closed to Fishing along Yellowstone Lake
Native Trout Conservation Area
Park biologists are conducting a study to determine native cutthroat trout movement patterns and population size in Yellowstone Lake. Park biologists attach a floy tag near the fish’s dorsal fin. The tags are typically orange or yellow in color and have a unique identification number.
If you catch a tagged cutthroat:
Accessible Ramp & Platform
An accessible fishing area is located at the Grant Village boat launch.
Catch a Fish
Be a responsible angler and understand the regulations before you come.
Fishing Regulations (PDF)
Download the Yellowstone Fishing Regulations booklet.
Native Fish Species
Native fish underpin natural food webs and have great local economic significance.
Native Fish Conservation Program
Learn how the Native Fish Conservation Program works to preserve Yellowstone Lake cutthroat trout and to restore fluvial trout populations.
Clean, Drain & Dry
Prevent damaging aquatic invasive species from reaching Yellowstone.
Last updated: May 25, 2023