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Yellowstone National Park Expands Access to Allow for Year-Round Fishing in Two Locations

Fall fishing on the Madison River at sunrise. Photo by NPS / Jacob W. Frank

Public Invited to Join a Virtual Native Fish Conservation Program Update April 30

Beginning Nov. 1, 2024, Yellowstone National Park will expand fishing access by allowing for year-round fishing opportunities at two locations in the park. These two locations are:

  • Madison River: The Madison River from the Wyoming/Montana state line downstream to the park boundary near the West Entrance in West Yellowstone, Montana.

  • Gardner River: The Gardner River from Osprey Falls downstream to the confluence with the Yellowstone River near the North Entrance in Gardiner, Montana.

Other fishing areas in the park will continue to be available during the standard fishing season, which is from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend through Oct. 31st each year.

The 2024 Yellowstone annual fishing permit will be valid May 25 through Dec. 31, 2024. Beginning in 2025, the annual fishing permit will be valid for the calendar year, January through December.

Virtual Native Fish Conservation Program Update

Dive deeper with us Tuesday, April 30th from 11 am – noon MDT to learn more about Yellowstone’s Native Fish Conservation Program! Todd Koel, leader of the program, will present about:

  • Lake trout control and cutthroat trout recovery in Yellowstone Lake

  • Native fish restoration in streams

  • Angling regulations and catch trends

  • Aquatic invasive species prevention

A live Q&A with Koel will follow the presentation. Join the virtual presentation by going to

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