Section 1 (YNP to Carbella FAS): The Yellowstone and its tributaries are now open to all non-angling recreation. The decision made to keep angling closed is in the interest to continue to protect the native cutthroat trout. The commission will re-look at opening this section for angling in the near future.
Section 2 (Carbella FAS to HWY 89 FAS): The Yellowstone River remains closed to all recreation however all tributaries of the Yellowstone in this section, including the spring creeks, (Armstrong’s Nelson’s, and DePuy’s) are now open to fishing.
Section 3 (HWY 89 FAS to HWY 212 bridge near Laurel): The Shield’s River remains closed to all angling in order to protect native cutthroat trout. The Yellowstone River and the remaining tributaries (the Boulder, Stillwater, ect) are now open to all river recreation.
The reduced fishing pressure due to the closure was noticeable. Fish were up rising here and there and fish were much more curious to follow and eat a swung fly. A boat passed by and the two guys had smiles on their faces that resembled little kids on christmas morning. Respectfully they didn’t fish in front of me but once they had got about 100 yards down river the guy up front caught a fish on his first cast. It was nice to see people back out enjoying the river.