Yellowstone NP Expands Fishing Access Year-Round in 2 Locations

Starting November 1, 2024, Yellowstone National Park will extend fishing access, allowing year-round fishing at two locations:

  • Madison River (see map): From the Wyoming/Montana state line downstream to the park boundary near the West Entrance in West Yellowstone, Montana.
  • Gardner River (see map): From Osprey Falls downstream to the confluence with the Yellowstone River near the North Entrance in Gardiner, Montana.

Other fishing areas will maintain the standard season, from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through October 31 each year.

The 2024 annual fishing permit will be valid from May 25 to December 31, 2024. Starting in 2025, it will be valid for the calendar year, January through December.

Join us on Tuesday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to noon MDT for a deeper dive into Yellowstone’s Native Fish Conservation Program! Todd Koel, the program’s leader, will discuss Lake trout control, cutthroat trout recovery, native fish restoration, angling regulations, catch trends, and aquatic invasive species prevention.

A live Q&A session with Koel will follow the presentation. Access the virtual presentation by clicking on this link.

Disclaimer: This above news story is based on a press release from the National Park Service, which was issued on April 4, 2024. You can read the original release here.

Fishing in Yellowstone NP

Fishing in Yellowstone National Park offers a unique experience due to its diverse ecosystems and abundant native fish species. The park boasts over 2,000 miles of streams and rivers and features lakes and ponds as well. Anglers can enjoy catching native species such as Yellowstone cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, brook trout, and lake trout. Fishing regulations are in place to protect these species and their habitats, ensuring sustainable fishing opportunities for future generations.

What Month is Best for Fishing Yellowstone?

The best time to go fishing varies by season, offering unique experiences throughout the year. Depending on your favorite kind of weather to fish in, here’s what it looks like by season:

  • Spring (March to May): Spring is ideal for fishing as the rivers start to thaw and fish become more active. This season is great for catching trout, especially in the streams and rivers.
  • Summer (June to August): Summer offers prime fishing conditions, with warm weather and abundant insect hatches attracting fish to the surface. This is an excellent time for fly fishing in the park’s rivers and streams.
  • Fall (September to November): Fall is considered one of the best times for fishing in Yellowstone. As the weather cools down, fish become more active, feeding voraciously to prepare for winter. This season offers great opportunities to catch large trout before they spawn.
  • Winter (December to February): Winter fishing in Yellowstone can be challenging due to the cold temperatures and frozen waters. However, some rivers and streams remain open and offer the chance to catch fish in a tranquil winter setting.

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