For anglers of every stripe, Yosemite offers great sport and fly fishing. Boasting 58 permanent streams with a combined length of 770 miles, plus a multitude of mountain lakes and excellent rainbow and brown trout keepers, Yosemite offers world-class fishing in a one-of-a-kind setting.
The Yosemite Fishing Season
The Yosemite Park fishing season for stream and river fishing begins on the last Saturday in April and continues through November 15 with the exception of Frog Creek near Lake Eleanor, which opens June 15. All lakes and reservoirs are open to fishing year-round.
Where to Go
At Yosemite National Park, fishing is usually best at lower elevations Expect to enjoy good fishing all summer and into the winter on the Merced River. A particularly successful spot for trout fishing is the stretch of the Tuolumne River above Hetch Hetchy. The Yosemite Village Sport Shop in Yosemite Valley sells all the equipment and gear you'll need for your Yosemite fishing adventure.
Regulations & Licenses
Be certain to read through and follow the NPS Regulations on wildlife fishing. You can check these regulations by Clicking Here. All persons 16 years of age and older must have a valid California sport fishing license for fishing in Yosemite National Park. For information about licenses and fishing, inquire at the park's visitor centers.
Special catch and release regulations apply for native rainbow trout caught in the Merced River from Happy Isles downstream to the Foresta Bridge. You may use only artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks. Bait fishing is prohibited.
Yosemite Park Fishing Licenses can be purchased at:
Wawona Gift Shop on Highway 41
Tuolumne Meadows Store on Highway 120 East
The Sport Shop in Yosemite Village