Yellowstone National Park Fishing Permit Pass

Yellowstone National Park

This digital activity pass will serve as your Yellowstone National Park fishing permit. 

Fishing has been a popular recreation activity in Yellowstone National Park for more than 100 years, and many people visit the park just to fish. With over 2500 miles of rivers and streams, as well as numerous lakes, Yellowstone waters present an excellent opportunity for the recreational angler.

Fishing regulations in Yellowstone National Park are structured to strongly support native fish conservation goals. Cutthroat trout are the sole, native trout of the park and were the dominant fish species here prior to Euroamerican settlement. Cutthroat trout, Arctic grayling, mountain whitefish, and other native fishes are important to the ecology of Yellowstone.

Since 1979, anglers have been asked to keep records on fishing trips—stream or lake visited, time spent fishing, fish species caught, lengths of fish—to help park managers understand fisheries status and track changes in specific populations. Decisions about how best to achieve native fish preservation and recovery goals must be based in sound scientific research and be consistent with the mission of the National Park Service. 

Anglers contribute to this knowledge by contributing to a fisheries database by filling out a Volunteer Angler Report (VAR). In the past, this was a card that was issued with each fishing license. This year, the VAR is moving to a digital format. It is our hope that this new digital format will increase the data available to our scientists. 

Please visit Angler Report Card each time you fish to add to this important data set. Thanks for your support of Yellowstone fisheries. 

Stay Safe and Legal: You are responsible for following all park regulations. Consult Yellowstone’s park newspaper, Backcountry Trip Planner, or rangers at visitor centers and backcountry offices to learn more. 

General Regulations:

Individual with a valid permit is authorized to fish the waters of Yellowstone National Park for the dates specified accordance with the current fishing regulations. The general fishing season begins the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and extends through the first Sunday in November.

Permittee accepts the responsibility of knowing and abiding by the fishing regulations of Yellowstone National Park.

Permittee is required to present for purposes of inspection their permit, all tackle and/or fish in possession, and creels and/or other containers where fish or tackle may be stored while on or immediately adjacent to waters of the park.

Do not approach wildlife. Remain 100 yards (92 meters) away from bears and wolves, and 25 yards (23 meters) away from all other wildlife. Do not feed any animals, including birds, squirrels, and coyotes.

Cancellation policy: Fishing permits are non-transferable, non-refundable, cannot be replaced if lost or stolen, and are void if altered or reproduced.