Last days in Yellowstone, 2020

Jason Gallas, of Bulverde, Texas, fishes in the Madison River with his son, Noah, in November 2020.

It’s once again OK to fish Yellowstone’s rivers and streams in the afternoon and evening.

The national park rescinded a 2 p.m. fishing closure it had ordered on July 24 in response to high water temperatures and unprecedented low stream flows in rivers and streams. Conditions at the time were stressful and even fatal for trout, but now they’re better.

“Water temperatures are now well below thermal thresholds for trout, and flows are returning to long-term averages,” a press release said.

Even though anglers can resume fishing from sunrise to sunset, Yellowstone asked for some consideration.

“Do not play hooked trout to exhaustion,” the press release said. “Gently handle and release them quickly after they have revived. Your cooperation will protect the park fisheries and may preclude the need to prohibit fishing again this season should conditions worsen in rivers and creeks.”

Contact Jennifer Dorsey at or 732-5908.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor for the News&Guide and one of the editors for local articles printed in the Jackson Hole Daily.

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