Yellowstone Park Updates 2013 Fishing Regulations for Anglers

Friday, May 31 2013 07:29   Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park has updated its fishing regulations for the 2013 season which began on May 25. The changes have been made to better align the regulations with the park's Native Fish Conservation Plan, rangers said.

To help protect native fish species, the limit on non-native fish caught in the park's Native Trout Conservation Area has been eliminated. This includes all park waters except the Madison and Firehole rivers, the Gibbon River below Gibbon Falls, and Lewis and Shoshone lakes.

yellowstone_cutthroatRainbow or brook trout caught in the Lamar River drainage must be harvested in order to protect native cutthroat trout in the headwater reaches of the drainage, according to park officials. This includes Slough (slew) and Soda Butte Creeks.

Anglers are also reminded that all lake trout caught in Yellowstone Lake must be killed to help cutthroat trout restoration efforts.

All native fish found in Yellowstone waters including cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish, and Arctic grayling must be released unharmed. Anglers are reminded that they may use only barbless artificial flies and lures and lead-free sinkers when fishing in the park.

A three-day Yellowstone National Park fishing permit is $18, a 7-day permit is $25 and an annual permit costs $40. Permits for anglers 15 years of age and younger are free. Fishing permit fees are used to enhance the park's fisheries management program and to implement the park's Native Fish Conservation Plan.

Fisheries management activities are primarily focused on the recovery of the Yellowstone Lake Ecosystem through the restoration of the native Yellowstone cutthroat trout.

Other activities include the restoration of cutthroat trout and Arctic Grayling in streams and lakes, exotic aquatic species prevention, fish population monitoring, water quality monitoring, enforcing fishing regulations, interpreting fisheries for park visitors, angler surveys and operational costs.

Yellowstone fisheries are already threatened by damaging invasive species. The whirling disease parasite and introduced lake trout have resulted in a loss of cutthroat trout from Yellowstone Lake. New Zealand mud snails occur in many park streams, impact aquatic insect communities, and ultimately affect the angling experience.

Anglers can help prevent further spread of aquatic nuisance species (ANS) by thoroughly cleaning mud, plants, and debris from your fishing equipment and footwear before leaving your angling site. Drain boat livewells and clean fish only near the same body of water in which they were caught.

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