Fishing in Yosemite

From the last Saturday in April continuing all through November is fishing season along Yosemite’s rivers and streams. Here you will find a guarantee of relishing the great experience of fly fishing sport from 58 different permanent streams, rivers and mountain lakes.

Species of fish available

Brown trout and Rainbow trout preoccupy the vast expanse of water from Yosemite’s mountains, with some rivers inhabiting large populations of golden, brook trout and cutthroat. In some lakes surrounding the park, sunfish, crappie and black bass are very common.

Fishing joints

  • Bass Lake
  • Lake McClure
  • Crane Creek
  • Merced River
  • Lake McSwain
  • Lyell Fork
  • Tenaya Creek

Regulations for fishing

  1. To fish in Yosemite, you are required to be above 16 years of age and a valid California sport fishing licence is a must have document. Licenses can easily be purchased at various locations in Oakhurst and Bass Lake.
  2. Only flies with barbless hooks or artificial lures may be used.
  3. Fishing from docks and rocks is restricted.
  4. In El Portal and Yosemite Valley, only catch-and-release is allowed.
  5. No amphibians, bait fish, non-preserved fish eggs or dead minnows may be used or in possession.
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