Fishing season opens the Saturday before Memorial Day and we have some annual tips as well as some new rules to keep in mind before hitting the park’s waters this season.
- Yellowstone is obviously bear country. Keep a can of bear spray handy. It works and could save your life if you surprise a big bruin on the trail or trout stream.
- You need a Yellowstone National Park fishing permit to throw a line out in the park. Even if you have a Montana, Idaho or Wyoming permit, you’ll still need to purchase a Yellowstone license.
- The park banned most lead tackle and felt soled fishing waders. Pack your rubber soled boots and leave the toxic sinkers at home.
Many of Montana’s iconic rivers are overflowing their banks this year and are fishing as you might with fast, high water. Head down to Yellowstone and hit some of the lesser affected streams. Don’t forget to take a camera and a youngster if you have one.
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