5 Best Fishing Spots in Washington State

By Ian Brookwell

5 Best Fishing Spots in Washington State

Washington State is a treasure trove of great fishing spots. The state boasts thousands of low land and alpine lakes as well as hundreds of miles of marine coastline which are perfect for a fishing adventure. So, grab your rods and head out to these five great fishing spots in Washington State.

1. Fish Lake, Leavenworth, WA

Fish Lake is one of the region’s most popular fishing spots, catch your quota of brook trout, rainbow trout and tiger trout. Internal combustion engines are prohibited on the lake which makes for a beautifully quiet and serene fishing experience. The best months for fishing are April through September, so make sure to come on out to fish during the summer months. The state’s department of fish and wildlife keep this lake well stocked with fish, so it increases your chances of catching something great.

2. Lake Washington

Lake Washington between Seattle and Bellevue offers great year-round fishing opportunities to anglers of all types! This lake holds dozens of fish species ranging from rainbow trout, small and largemouth bass, perch, and seasonal opportunities for catching chinook, coho, and steelhead salmon. Dozens of piers dot the bank giving easy access to the lake. There is good fishing all year round, but the best time for bass and trout are in the summer months.

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3. Columbia River and Tributaries

Nothing is quite as exhilarating or as picturesque as landing a king salmon out of the Columbia River. There is often great opportunity to catch big salmon here. The tributaries such as the Cowlitz and Kalama rivers are a good bet for fishing below the Bonneville Dam. Anglers may also catch white sturgeon here.

4. Lake Roosevelt

This 130-mile-long lake which was created after the construction of the Grand Coulee dam is a fishing paradise in eastern Washington. With over 660 miles of shoreline, choose from over 35 National Park Service run recreation areas, and search for rainbow trout, kokanee, walleye, and smallmouth bass which are the star attractions in the lake. Lake Roosevelt is a true gem of the northwest, with beautiful mountain and forest scenery. Come and catch a few fish here in this beautiful part of the state!

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5. Green Lake, Seattle, WA

This urban lake is a great fishery for those looking to get a hook in the water as soon as possible. The well-stocked waters offer rainbow and brown trout ready and willing to get hooked. Seattle Parks and Recreation maintains the entire shoreline and a number of piers along the lake which gives anglers easy access to the entire lake. The best times for fishing are from March through October. As one of the best fisheries in western Washington, Green Lake in Seattle is a must try!

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