Year-Round Trout Fishing

Year-Round Trout Fishing

Even if you're not fishing during the open season for trout (2nd Sat. in April – Oct. 31), most stream and rivers are still open year-round.

If no special regulations are listed in the Index of River and Streams you can fish year round by following these rules:

  • Only artificial flies or lures are permitted outside of the open season for trout (2nd Sat. in April – Oct. 31).
  • Catch and release only (trout must be immediately released where caught), except during the open season for trout.
  • During open season for trout, follow normal size restrictions, daily limits and possession limits.

NOTE: See the Index of Rivers & Streams for any special regulations that always overide general regulations.

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