At the northern edge of Yellowstone Lake, where the lake pours out into the Yellowstone River, stands the historic fishing bridge.
The first bridge in this location was built back in 1902, it was a rough-hewn corduroy log bridge. Back in the early days of the park, this bridge was a very popular place to fish from and by 1914 it had earned the name the Fishing Bridge.
The original log bridge was replaced in 1937 with a more current bridge with a flat surface and walkways. This bridge is still standing, although it has been improved over the years.
The reason why the fishing bridge was such a popular fishing spot is because it was built over an ideal cutthroat trout spawning area. This made it pretty easy to catch a nice big trout from the bridge, but all of the fishing was removing the very trout that were needed to produce future generations of fish.
With the worlds largest native population of cutthroat trout in jeopardy, fishing from the Fishing Bridge and its surrounding area was prohibited back in 1973. Now people come to the fishing bridge to see the trout swimming in the river and watch the natural fishing that is still allowed in the area, such as this eared grebe in breeding plumage that we photographed while it was fishing under the Fishing Bridge in 2008.
With the resurgence of the trout other wildlife has returned to this area. Eagles, osprey, otters, pelicans and ducks, such as this female Barrows goldeneye which we photographed near the fishing bridge in 2009, can often be found fishing in the waters near the bridge. Grizzly bears also do fish for trout in these waters, which has prompted the park to move most of the camp sites away from the Fishing Bridge area for the safety of the campers and the bears.