General Fishing Laws

Each National Wildlife Refuge that offers recreational fishing follows State laws, rules and regulations that govern fishing in that State. In addition, some Refuges may also have their own fishing regulations that anglers should also be aware of. Visitors and anglers desiring to fish on a Refuge should check with Refuge staff, be familiar with brochures outlining any specific Refuge fishing regulations or check the Refuge's website for any possible specific regulations for fishing.

Fishing on National Wildlife Refuges is in accordance with 50 CFR § 32.5

50 CFR 32.5
Related Programs
150 Years. National Fish Hatchery System.” in front of glossy orange eggs against a white background.
The National Fish Hatchery System works to support healthy, self-sustaining populations of fish and other aquatic species across the country. Every year we raise and stock over 100 million fish to support the recovery and restoration of imperiled species, recreational fishing, and Tribal...