Norfork Tailwater

Regulations

Posted by Phil Lilley on October 11th, 2011
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  • Anglers 16 and older must have a fishing license and a trout permit to fish in the North Fork River below Norfork Dam.
  • Daily limit of five trout total, which may include:
    • Two brook trout (14 inches or longer)
    • Two cutthroat trout (16 inches or longer)
    • One brown trout (24 inches or longer)
    • Up to five rainbow trout (no length limit)
  • Rainbow trout may not be culled. Once an angler has kept a rainbow trout on a stringer, in a livewell or in a fish basket, it may not be released. (One rainbow trout longer than 16 inches may be temporarily kept in a livewell for measuring, weighing and photographing before being released.)
  • Anglers may use no more than one fishing rod or pole and must attend it at all times. No other fishing devices may be used to catch fish.
  • Chains or other objects capable of destroying aquatic vegetation may not be dragged.
  • Trout may not be driven, harassed or pursued with noise, objects, boats or by wading to concentrate them.
  • Fish that are filleted or have had head or tail removed may not be in possession while fishing from the shore, boat or transporting fish by boat.
  • Norfork Catch-and-Release Area (from the downstream end of Long Hole to Bill Ackerman River Ridge Walk-in Access, as indicated by signs)
    • All trout must be released immediately.
    • Only artificial lures or flies may be used (no natural or scented baits allowed).
    • All hooking points must be barbless.
    • Chumming is not allowed.
  • Dry Run Creek (Outflow from Norfork National Fish Hatchery)
  • Only youths under 16 and mobility-impaired anglers may fish Dry Run Creek.
  • All trout must be released immediately.
  • Only artificial lures with a single, barbless hooking point may be used (no natural or scented baits allowed).
  • Chumming is not allowed.
  • Anglers may use no more than one fishing rod or pole, and must attend it at all times. No other devices may be used to catch fish.
  • Fishing is allowed only from sunrise to sunset.
  • Mobility-impaired anglers may fish only from the pier.
  • Mobility-impaired card required for mobility-impaired adult anglers.

Fishing License-

Resident – $10.50 annual (from the time of purchase)
Border Permit – $10
Resident 3-day – $6.50
Non-resident – $40 annual (from the time of purchase)
Non-resident 3-day – $11.00
Non-resident 7-day – $17.00
Non-resident – $22.00

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