Warm water and low flows have prompted Yellowstone National Park to close all fishing in rivers and streams during the afternoon and evening for the first time in over a decade.
The park sometimes closes portions of rivers to fishing during the summer due to warm water, but this is the first park-wide closure since 2007, Yellowstone spokeswoman Linda Veress said Friday.
Starting Saturday (July 24th), river and stream fishing will be prohibited from 2 p.m. until sunrise.
Yellowstone Lake and other lakes will remain open to fishing from sunrise to sunset, like usual.
Water temperatures have topped 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius) in many of the park’s creeks and rivers, park officials said in a statement.
More warm, dry weather was forecast, with high temperatures climbing into the mid-80s (29 Celsius) in areas of the park next week, according to the National Weather Service.