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Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park Fishing Regulations
Information provided by the NPS
Fishing Season
With some exceptions, Yellowstone's fishing season begins on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (last Saturday of May) and continues through the first Sunday of November. Major exceptions are Yellowstone Lake, where the fishing season opens June 15, and Yellowstone Lake's tributary streams, which open July 15.

Fishing Permits
A current Yellowstone fishing permit is required. Anglers 16 years of age and older are required to purchase either a $10 ten-day permit or a $20 season permit. Anglers 12-15 years of age are required to obtain a non-fee permit. Permits are available in the park at all ranger stations, visitor centers, and Hamilton General Stores, and at numerous locations in adjacent communities outside the park. No state fishing license is required in Yellowstone National Park.

Non-Toxic Fishing
Yellowstone has implemented a non-toxic fishing program. Fishing tackle such as leaded split-shot sinkers, weighted jigs (lead molded to a hook), and soft lead-weighted ribbon for nymph fishing are no longer allowed. Only non-lead alternatives are allowed to accompany these types of fishing tackle.


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