Fishing in Yosemite

Like many beautiful places, Yosemite is a truly great place to catch a fish. Its mountain lakes and year-round 770 miles of permanent streams make for an angler’s dream vacation.

There are an abundance of great fish species in the waters of Yosemite, ready for the catching. Native populations of fish include lower-elevation Rainbow Trout, California Roach, Sacramento Pikeminnow, Hardhead, Sacramento Sucker, and Riffle Sculpin. Non-native species on the other hand, include higher-level Rainbow Trout, Bluegill, Smallmouth Bass, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Lahontan Cutthroat Trout, Golden Trout, Rainbow-Golden Hybrid Trout, and Rainbow-Lahontan Cutthroat Hybrid Trout.

Fishing licenses must be obtained by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for everyone over age 16. You can’t go wrong in any body of water, so grab your reel and get out there.

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