The big water was calm under a warming late July sun rippling across the surface as the boat motored out of Bay Bridge Marina. Yellowstone Lake has 110 miles of shoreline, spots as deep as 400 feet, and spread out over 136 square miles it is home to millions of cutthroat trout and lake trout.
The goal was to catch and release cutthroat, required by policy, and catch and kill lake trout, also mandatory. “We’ll see if we can’t catch some fish today,” said guide Steve Jackson as he revved the 24-foot Grady White up to 40 mph.“We’ll see if we can clean up the lake a little bit.” The complex scenario of the fate of these fish in the iconic lake represents a microcosm of nearly 145 years of fishing in the world’s oldest national park.
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