Angling the Yellowstone


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. 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.

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