Fishing Yellowstone

3 Essentials before Fishing Yellowstone National Park

A Little Prep Work Goes a Long Way at Yellowstone

Fishing Yellowstone National Park (YNP) attracts millions of visitors and tourists every year.  Distracted by the geysers, the wildlife and the breathtaking views, most of those visitors don’t realize that within the many lakes, streams, rivers, and ponds they’ll find some of the best fly fishing on earth.  Anglers come in droves to wade these waters, braving dangers like 1,200 pound grizzly bears and bull moose to get a piece of the action. 

Fishing Yellowstone National Park

Fishing through Yellowstone’s endless miles and miles of unmarked rivers, lakes, and forests can seem daunting.  But making sure to follow a few simple procedures will help assure a fun, safe, and adventurous time in one of America’s oldest national parks.

The most important task before fishing Yellowstone is to plan ahead.  Pick the areas you want to target before you set out on your adventure.  When you arrive you can stop by the visitor’s station, where the well-informed rangers will tell you everything you need to know about the water you’re planning to fish, and what you should be expecting.

Just as important as planning is packing the right gear.  Bear spray is a must!  Don’t fish anywhere in YNP unless you have bear spray, a good first aid kit, and a means of communicating with the outside world.  A great way to ward off wildlife is to wear a couple of bells around the top of your waders.  The last thing you want to do is startle a mother grizzly bear!

Once you’ve packed and planned there’s only one thing that will stop you from enjoying the boundless beauty of YNP;  a fishing license.  Unlike normal state licensing practices, it is important to note that YNP is a federal park, and you won’t be able to use your Montana or Wyoming fishing license.  You’ll need to purchase a permit once inside the park.  Our recommendation is to purchase your permit when you stop by a visitor’s center to go over your plans with a ranger.  A three day fishing permit at Yellowstone National Park costs around $20 dollars, but you might as well spend $5 dollars more and get the seven day pass just in case you end up having the best fishing experience of your life.  And believe us, you probably will.



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