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MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013, 6 A.M.

New Yellowstone fishing rules target non-native species

Anglers fishing in Yellowstone National Park. (File)
Anglers fishing in Yellowstone National Park. (File)

FISHING -- Yellowstone National Park has enacted a few new fishing regulations aimed at protecting native fish species.

In some cases, anglers MUST KEEP certain species they catch.

The limit on non-native fish caught in the park's Native Trout Conservation Area has been eliminated. This includes all park waters except the Madison and Firehole rivers, the Gibbon River below Gibbon Falls, and Lewis and Shoshone lakes.

Rainbow or brook trout caught in the Lamar River drainage must be harvested in order to protect native cutthroat trout in the headwater reaches of the drainage. This includes Slough and Soda Butte Creeks.

All lake trout caught in Yellowstone Lake must be killed to help cutthroat trout restoration efforts.

All native fish including cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish and Arctic grayling must be released unharmed.

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