Angling the Yellowstone


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The Madison and Yellowstone Rivers offer outstanding fly fishing in one of the most picturesque outdoor locations in America.

The Yellowstone River is considered to be one of the great trout streams of the world.

Cast a fly, spin a lure, float your bobber – anglers of every age and ability can enjoy an unforgettable Yellowstone fishing expedition.

Surrounding West Yellowstone are some of the country’s top trout streams: the Madison River, Gallatin River, Yellowstone River, and the Henrys Fork of the Snake River. A short drive into Yellowstone Park brings you to the upper Madison, the Firehole, and the Gibbon Rivers.

In Yellowstone, fishing has been a major visitor activity for well over a century. More than 2,400 miles of streams flow through the park, providing some of the best fly-fishing in the world. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife department ranks the Yellowstone River as the best trout water in the country!

Here’s a fishy fact: fishing is not permitted from the Yellowstone River’s Fishing Bridge. Until 1973, it was a very popular West Yellowstone fishing location since the bridge crossed the Yellowstone River above a cutthroat trout spawning area. Today, it is a great place to observe fish.

For assistance with planning your Yellowstone activities, please email your hotel's activity director.

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