Yosemite National Park is one of America's most beloved and beautiful places to visit. Whether it's camping, hiking, a day trip, hunting, or fishing, there is no doubt that there is something for everyone. For those who enjoy casting out their lines, fishing Yosemite is an excellent choice. The park has over 770 miles of streams and rivers, with a total of 58 permanent streams to choose from. There are also beautiful mountain lakes full of trout to fish from. Whether you're a fly fisherman or simply enjoy fishing for sport or leisure, Yosemite is the perfect place to experience a fishing trip. Yosemite fishing season begins in April and typically lasts through the month of November. Frog Creek (near Lake Eleanor) is not open for fishing until June 15th. The low lying areas are the best places to fish from, and all summer there is an abundance of fish to be caught. Trout are especially plentiful at the Tuolumne River. For fishing tackle, gear, and accessories, visitors can make purchases at the Yosemite Village Sport Shop. Licenses can also be purchased here. All fishermen must follow the NPS rules and regulations, so check into what is required before beginning your fishing excursion.
There are some special catch and release laws for certain fish, namely the rainbow trout that are native to the Merced River. Bait fishing is prohibited in certain areas, and people are only allowed to use lures and flies with barbless hooks. Be sure to find out what rules apply to which areas before fishing Yosemite Park. Many of the rules are dispersed through the State of California, so do not hesitate to ask a park ranger or guide any questions about them. For those who come without gear, there is rod and reel rental available. Also, guides are available for those who want to experience fishing Yosemite alongside a professional who can show them the best locations and time of day to fish. The weather at Yosemite National Park can vary, so it is advised to be prepared for all types of weather conditions. Early mornings are particularly chilly, and most fishing is done during those times, so dress accordingly. Fishing Yosemite is a favorite pastime for tourists and natives alike. It is a trip that you will not likely soon forget, and should bring some wonderful memories along with some delicious fish.