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 National 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.
Be certain to follow the NPS Regulations on wildlife fishing. 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. The Yosemite Village Sport Shop in Yosemite Valley sells all the equipment and gear you’ll need for your Yosemite fishing adventure, including licenses.
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.
You can also find many fishing opportunities on the Merced Lake outside of Yosemite National Park.