Fishing in Yellowstone

Yellowstone cutthroat troutYellowstone is not only home to some amazing animal species, it is home to first class fishing as well.

Fish Species and Methods

You can catch the Yellowstone cutthroat trout, lake trout, brook trout and brown trout withing the park. Both Teton and Yellowstone are also home to the mountain whitefish, which can be found in most rivers within the park. [Learn more about the types of fish in the park here]

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing in this area is world class. If you are an avid fly fisherman you are no doubt already aware of just how good it actually is around here. Yellowstone has hundreds of great fishing areas and you truly can’t go wrong in most rivers and lakes.The trout population is very high in this park and catching fish is almost never more than a few minutes drive from wherever you are.

Standard or Spin Fishing

Many areas within the park are designated fly fishing only, so be sure to check out the regulations before you cast your line out. Spin fishing is great throughout the park, with Yellowstone lake being near the top for using spinning gear. All around the lake you will find many areas to fish from the shoreline with great opportunities for catching lake trout and native cutthroat’s.

Fishing permits

In order to go fishing inside the park you will need a special license, they are fairly inexpensive and well worth the money. The cost is $18 for a three-day permit, a $25 seven-day permit or a $40 season permit. [Find out more here at]

Some Recommended Rivers and Fishing Areas

The Yellowstone river is a very common fishing area with a lot of trout to catch. You can find access to this river all the way from Yellowstone Lake, to the Grand Canyon area. The Madison River is also a good choice. This river flows near the West entrance to the park and hosts a lot of large brown trout. As mentioned above, Yellowstone Lake area is a great place to wet a line, the shoreline of the lake has a lot of great fishing opportunities.


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