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Yosemite National Park Fishing

To find the best Yosemite National Park fishing you should probably seek out Yosemite fishing Tuolumne and the Merced River. For a long while these two locations were the only two Yosemite fishing spots that actually had self-sustaining fish. Since the introduction of fish into the water system Yosemite fishing is now fairly easy to find. Remember that on a 5 day Yosemite tour you will have plenty time to relax and enjoy the many Yosemite fishing options.

Yosemite National Park Fishing

Yosemite National Park Fishing - Fishing Regulations

This Yosemite fishing information is subject to change. While Yosemite fishing licenses are available for purchase within the national park, it is a good practice to purchase your ticket prior to arriving in Yosemite National Park. However, once there, you may want to go in anyway just to refresh your memory on the Yosemite fishing guidelines and regulation rules. It is very important you abide by the Yosemite fishing regulations. You may also, when on a Yosemite Tours as your guide about Yosemite fishing rules. Below is a basic list of Yosemite fishing rules.

  1. No live or dead minnows or other bait fish, amphibians, non-preserved fish eggs, or roe may be used or possessed.
  2. Fishing from bridges and docks is prohibited.
  3. In Yosemite Valley and El Portal (Happy Isles to Foresta Bridge):
    1. Rainbow trout are catch-and-release only.
    2. Brown trout limit is five per day or ten in possession.
    3. Only artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks may be used; bait fishing is prohibited.

You can find a complete list at http://www.nps.gov/archive/yose/trip/fishing.htm

Anyone over the age of 16 years old must have a valid Yosemite fishing license in order to fish legally.

License Cost 

US citizen who is a resident of California $3.00

US citizen who is not a resident of California $5.00

Special 10 day nonresident license $3.00

Non citizen license $25.00


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