Yellowstone National Park was the first national park in the entire US and is widely considered to be the most well-known, boasting incredible wildlife and stunning scenery. Spread across the states of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, Yellowstone has a fascinating history, having been home to Native Americans for many millennia, and the park itself covers an area of almost 3,500 square miles. A popular spot for all sorts of outdoor activities like camping and hiking, Yellowstone is also a super location for fishing. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.


1.Overview

Overview
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The park boasts several rivers and lakes, including the enormous Yellowstone Lake, as well as Yellowstone River and Snake River. There are 13 native species of fish in the waters of Yellowstone National Park and half a dozen additional species that have been introduced over the years. Some of the most highly prized species include Yellowstone cutthroat trout, mountain sucker, longnose sucker, brook trout, lake trout, and rainbow trout.

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2.Types of Fish to Find at Yellowstone

Types of Fish to Find at Yellowstone
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With almost twenty different species to catch in total, Yellowstone offers a lot of fishing variety, but certain species are prized more highly than others. Here are some of the most desirable fish for anglers at Yellowstone:

Yellowstone cutthroat trout - Before non-native species were added to Yellowstone, this was one of the most popular fish to catch in the area. The addition of other kinds of trout has actually diminished the numbers of Yellowstone cutthroat trout quite badly, but there are still some of them dotted around the park. Slough Creek and Yellowstone River provide some of the best cutthroat fishing in the park. These fish, just like all other native species, need to be released upon capture.

Lake trout - These fish are the biggest you can find in all of Yellowstone, with some regularly growing to 30+ pounds and the park's record catch weighing in at 42 pounds. They were one of the first non-native species to be added to the park and can be found often in the Lewis River, Heart Lake, and Lewis Lake. All Lake Trout must be killed as these fish are proving too competitive and could wipe out some of the native species.

Rainbow trout - One of the most popular fish to catch all around America, Rainbow trout were introduced to Yellowstone in the late 19th century and have thrived around the park. They can be found through the Yellowstone River and in the aptly-named Trout Lake.

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3.Best Fishing Spots at Yellowstone

Best Fishing Spots at Yellowstone
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There are lots of different water sources all around Yellowstone National Park, with each one holding its own array of fish. Through decades of experience, fishermen have identified the best locations, and here are the details on some of them:

1. Trout Lake

It doesn't take a genius to work out what this lake is all about. The perfectly-named Trout Lake has always been a hotspot with anglers at Yellowstone. It's a short walk from the Northeast Entrance Road and has provided some huge Yellowstone cutthroat trout and rainbow trout over the years, as well as many rainbow/cutthroat hybrids. Fishing is good from the shoreline but tubes can also be used to access the deeper waters, with a boating permit.

2. Yellowstone River

Divided into the Upper and a Lower section, this river is one of the biggest attractions of Yellowstone National Park. When it comes to angling, the lower section of the river is easier to access and provides the same sort of returns as the upper section, without all the hassle needed to actually get up there. Since the upper section is so hard to get to, it's one of the purest, most natural spots in the park to fish. Both sections of the river are great for catching rainbow and cutthroat trout.

3. Heart Lake

Named after its resemblance to a heart shape, Heart Lake is possibly the best spot for lake trout fishing in the whole of Yellowstone as this is where the park's record catch was found. A 42 pound lake trout was caught in these waters, with mountain whitefish and cutthroat trout also being found in the lake. Like many other areas in the park, only fly fishing is allowed here.

4. Yellowstone Lake

The biggest lake in the entire park, Yellowstone Lake has a surface area of 136 square miles and a shoreline over 100 miles. The depth of the lake can go all the way down to 390 feet and it's the biggest lake on the continent. It used to be a great spot for cutthroats but they're slowly getting eliminated by lake trout.

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Best Fishing in Yellowstone



More Ideas in MT: Bitterroot River Bed & Breakfast

Bitterroot River Bed & Breakfast is a charming quintessential Montana retreat in the heart of the scenic Bitterroot Valley. Located just half hour from Missoula, the inviting bed and breakfast inn offers comfortable accommodations with private bathrooms and modern amenities, a delicious farm-to-table breakfast every morning, afternoon and evening snacks, and an array of facilities and activities to enjoy.

Climate-controlled guestrooms have plush décor and rustic furnishings, en-suite bathrooms with bath/shower combinations, and upscale comforts such as satellite television, and elegantly furnished common rooms include a comfortable living room with sofas and armchairs, a dining area that seats up to eight guests, and a separate sunroom. Facilities at the Bitterroot River Bed & Breakfast range from an onsite hobby farm and organic vegetable garden to picnic tables and barbecue grills, fishing in the river and excellent local hiking trails.

Guest Accommodations

Bitterroot River Bed & Breakfast features four beautifully appointed guest rooms with traditional country décor and furnishings, private in-suite bathrooms with shower/bath combinations, single or double vanities, fresh towels and organic toiletries and large draped windows with spectacular views. Modern amenities in all guest rooms include central climate control with cooling and heating, flat-screen televisions with cable channels, mini-fridges, coffee makers, hairdryers, and complimentary wireless Internet.

The Bitterroot River Room is located on the second floor of the inn and features an elegant king-sized canopy bed dressed in plush linens and comforters, an en-suite bathroom with a ceramic double vanity; a marble soaking jetted tub and shower, fresh towels and organic bath products. A sitting area has armchairs, a mini-fridge, coffee maker, and a working gas fireplace, and large windows embrace stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Additional amenities in the room include central climate control with cooling and heating, a flat-screen television with cable channels, hairdryer, and complimentary wireless Internet.

The Wild Rose Room can be found on the second floor and has western décor and handcrafted furniture, an antique chandelier and a king-sized bed dressed in plush linens and comforters. An en-suite bathroom features a full-sized tub and shower combination, a single vanity, fresh towels and organic bath products, and modern amenities include central climate control with cooling and heating, a flat-screen television with cable channels, hairdryer, and complimentary wireless Internet.

Situated on the second floor, the Lewis and Clark Room features a king-sized bed dressed in plush linens and comforters, and an en-suite bathroom with a full-sized tub and shower combination, a single vanity, fresh towels and organic bath products. Modern amenities include central climate control with cooling and heating, a flat-screen television with cable channels, hairdryer, and complimentary wireless Internet.

Also located on the second floor, the Sapphire Room is decorated in an elegant vintage style with an antique dresser, a queen-sized bed dressed in plush linens and comforters, and an en-suite bathroom with a full-sized tub and shower combination, a single vanity, fresh towels and organic bath products. Modern amenities include central climate control with cooling and heating, a flat-screen television with cable channels, hairdryer, and complimentary wireless Internet.

Dining

A hearty and healthy country-style breakfast is served every morning and fresh fruit, cereals, yogurts, freshly baked pastries and bread, cheese and meats, egg dishes, and chef specialties, along with coffee, tea, and other hot beverages.

Amenities and Recreation

Creature comforts and conveniences at the Bitterroot River Bed & Breakfast include a comfortable living room with sofas and armchairs, a dining area that seats up to eight guests, and a separate sunroom where guests can relax and soak up the fantastic views. A hearty and healthy country-style breakfast is served every morning, and freshly baked cookies and other snacks are available in the afternoons and evenings, and there is complimentary wireless Internet around the property.

Local Attractions

Bitterroot River Bed & Breakfast is located in the small town of Stevensville, which is home to several restaurants, microbreweries, a theater, and other entertainment. The surrounding area is packed with outdoor activities to enjoy, ranging from hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing, and horseback riding. Top attractions include the Bass Cree Overlook, the Bass Creek Nature Walk, the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge, Garnet Ghost Town, the National Bison Range, the Jerry Johnson Hot Springs, and the Kootenai Creek Nature Walk.

501 South Avenue, Stevensville, Montana, 59870, Phone: 406-777-5205

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More Ideas in MT: Yellowstone Suites Bed & Breakfast

Situated in a beautifully restored 1904 Victorian along the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone Suites Bed & Breakfast is a homey bed-and-breakfast set just ten miles from the entrance to Yellowstone National Park, MT. The charming Inn features four well-appointed and individually decorated guest rooms with period décor and antique furnishings, private bathrooms, and modern conveniences such as coffeemakers, flat-screen televisions and complimentary wireless Internet access.

Guest Accommodations

Yellowstone Suites Bed & Breakfast four well-appointed and individually decorated guest rooms with period décor and antique furnishings and large windows with breathtaking mountain views. Guest rooms and suites have modern conveniences such as flat-screen televisions with cable channels and DVD players, central climate control with cooling and heating, coffeemakers, ceiling fans, hairdryers, and complimentary wireless Internet.

The Yellowstone Suite features a queen-size bed dressed in luxury linens and comforters, an en-suite bathroom with a claw foot tub/shower combination, fresh towels, and deluxe bath products, and a small kitchenette with a microwave, fridge, and a stove. Located on the third floor, the Yellowstone Suite has fantastic views of Electric Peak.

The Moran Room features a queen-size bed dressed in luxury linens and comforters, an en-suite bathroom with a claw foot tub/shower combination, fresh towels, and deluxe bath products and beautiful garden views from the third floor. Modern conveniences include a flat-screen television with cable channels and DVD player, central climate control with cooling and heating, a coffeemaker, ceiling fan, hairdryer, and complimentary wireless Internet.

The Roosevelt Room has a queen and twin bed dressed in luxury linens and comforters, and a shared bathroom with a bath/shower combination, fresh towels, and deluxe bath products. Located on the second floor, the room has fantastic views of Electric Peak and enjoys modern conveniences such as a flat-screen television with cable channels and DVD player, central climate control with cooling and heating, a coffeemaker, ceiling fan, hairdryer, and complimentary wireless Internet.

The Jackson Room features a queen-size bed dressed in luxury linens and comforters, and a shared bathroom with a bath/shower combination, fresh towels, and deluxe bath products. Modern conveniences include a flat-screen television with cable channels and DVD player, central climate control with cooling and heating, a coffeemaker, ceiling fan, hairdryer, and complimentary wireless Internet. The room looks out over the garden from the second floor.

Dining

A hearty and healthy country-style breakfast is served every morning and fresh fruit, cereals, yogurts, freshly baked pastries and bread, cheese and meats, egg dishes, and chef specialties, along with coffee, tea, and other hot beverages.

Amenities and Recreation

Amenities and conveniences at the Yellowstone Suites Bed & Breakfast include a covered back porch with magnificent views of the landscaped gardens around the inn and the surrounding mountains, a firepit for evenings under the stars, and a comfortably furnished lounge with ample seating and a free-standing Vermont Castings wood stove. A hearty and healthy country-style breakfast is served every morning (continental style in summer), and the Inn has a bear spray for rent.

Surrounded by the Gallatin and Absaroka mountain ranges with spectacular views of the 11,000-foot Electric Peak, the Yellowstone Suites Bed & Breakfast is ideally located for enjoying a variety of activities throughout the year. Summer sports include hiking, fishing, horseback riding, river rafting, mountain biking, and wildlife viewing, while winter adventures range from skiing and snowboarding to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.

Yellowstone Suites Bed & Breakfast is located in Gardiner, Montana, a small community of about 800 year-round residents within minutes of the northern entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Initially, a western frontier town, Gardiner meets the needs of today’s visitors offering restaurants, shops, art galleries, and churches.

Local Attractions

Yellowstone Suites Bed & Breakfast is located in Gardiner, Montana, which was once a western frontier town and today is home to several restaurants and bars, art galleries and museums, churches, and shops.

506 S 4th St, Gardiner, MT 59030, Phone: 406-848-7937

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More Ideas in MT: Time After Time Bed & Breakfast in Victor

Nestled amongst ten acres of landscaped park-like grounds, Time After Time Bed & Breakfast is an enchanting inn that promises a peaceful, inviting getaway. The charming retreat offers beautifully appointed accommodations in the form of four guest contemporary guest rooms with comfortable décor and furnishings, private bathrooms and lovely garden views.

The house an elegant common room with plush décor and furnishings, a fully stocked library with books for guests to read and a piano to play. Guests are treated to a gourmet breakfast every morning in the screened room, which also features a small clearing for croquet. The scenic grounds boast picturesque pathways and a small pond where guests can fish, hiking trails for exploring and gardens for relaxing with a book.

Guest Accommodations

Time After Time Bed & Breakfast features four well-appointed rustic guest rooms with country-style décor and furnishings, en-suite bathrooms with showers and baths, thick towels, and organic bath amenities.

Set away from the Main House, the Dragonfly Cabin is a cozy, handcrafted one-bedroom log cabin with a cathedral beam ceiling and carved wood walls. The room features a sumptuous queen-size bed in deluxe linens and handmade quilts, and an en-suite bathroom with a shower, thick towels and spa robes, and organic bath amenities. Modern conveniences include a microwave, fully stocked mini-fridge and coffee maker, a television with cable channels and complimentary wireless Internet.

The Safari Room features beautiful Edwardian antiques, a king-size bed with luxurious linens and handmade quilts, an en-suite bathroom with a shower, thick towels and spa robes, and organic bath amenities. The room also offers a microwave, fully stocked mini-fridge and coffee maker, a television with cable channels and complimentary wireless Internet and opens onto the picturesque pathways of the garden.

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Dining

A gourmet breakfast is served every morning and includes cereals, granola, yogurt, fresh fruit, juices, hot entrées and egg dishes, freshly brewed artisan coffee and organic teas.

Amenities and Recreation

Time After Time Bed & Breakfast has an elegant common room with comfortable décor and furnishings, a fully stocked library with books for guests to read and a piano to play. A gourmet breakfast is served every morning in the screened room, as well as afternoon tea and snacks and drinks before dinner. A small clearing in the screened room is also available for a game of croquet with the tinkling creek just beyond. The landscaped grounds are filled with a network of picturesque pathways, a tranquil pond and a seasonal creek, along with many scenic hiking trails.

197 Pistol Lane, Victor, MT 59875, Phone: 406-642-3258

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