Discover the thrill of Yellowstone fly-fishing


The park's fishing season runs from the Saturday in May associated with Memorial Day to the first Sunday in November each year.

A fly-fishing paradise, Yellowstone Park offers lakes, rivers, and streams jumping with a wide range of fish species. With more than 2,400 miles of streams flowing through Yellowstone, the park provides some of the best fly-fishing in the world, with habitats and fish species diverse enough to master every fly-fishing technique.

Yellowstone Park is home to 13 native fish species, including cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish, and arctic grayling, as well as many non-native fish. The Gallatin River is renowned as one of Montana’s most magnificent rainbow, Yellowstone, cutthroat, and brown trout streams. It’s a favorite destination for paddlers, experienced anglers, and families looking to experience something new by taking part in this relaxing pastime that traces as far back as the 2nd century.

In addition to fly-fishing, float and deep-water trout fishing is available a short drive from West Yellowstone. Hebgen Lake is located just nine miles northwest of the park and offers something for everyone. Non-fishing aficionados can bring inner tubes, canoes, kayaks, and inflatables, or sail, power, or fishing boats out to the lake and enjoy a day on the water. Several marinas offer docks, as well as boating and fishing supplies readily available for rental or purchase.

Fishing permits are available at all ranger stations, visitor centers, and Yellowstone General Stores, which are conveniently located near prime Yellowstone fishing areas and offer full lines of fishing tackle, groceries, and more.

For assistance with a West Yellowstone fly-fishing experience, please speak with your hotel’s activity director. If you have questions or would like help planning in advance of your visit to Yellowstone, please contact our Guest Experiences Manager for more information about Yellowstone fly-fishing or other water-related activities.

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