Yellowstone National Park has updated its fishing regulations for the season which began on May 25. The changes have been made to better align the regulations with the park’s Native Fish Conservation Plan.
To help protect native fish species, the limit on non-native fish caught in the park’s Native Trout Conservation Area has been eliminated. This includes all park waters except the Madison and Firehole rivers, the Gibbon River below Gibbon Falls, and Lewis and Shoshone lakes.
Rainbow or brook trout caught in the Lamar River drainage must be harvested to protect native cutthroat trout in the headwater reaches of the drainage. This includes Slough and Soda Butte creeks.
Anglers are also reminded that all lake trout caught in Yellowstone Lake must be killed to help cutthroat trout restoration efforts.
All native fish found in Yellowstone waters including cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish, and Arctic grayling must be released unharmed. Anglers are reminded that they may use only barbless artificial flies and lures and lead-free sinkers when fishing in the park.
A three-day Yellowstone National Park fishing permit is $18, a seven-day permit is $25 and an annual permit costs $40. Permits for anglers 15 years of age and younger are free. Fishing permit fees are used to enhance the park’s fisheries management program and to implement the park’s Native Fish Conservation Plan.
For more information on season dates, fishing regulations and more, visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/fishing.htm.