One of the best things about Washington (and the whole northwest region, in fact) is the environment. Washington is full of beautiful trees, clean air, and plenty of water. It is really a wonderland for people who enjoy the great outdoors. The views of the landscape are the type that you see on postcards, with mountains, trees, rivers, and sunsets. It is truly a beautiful place.
Washington is also a great place for fishing. With the many fisheries, especially in southwest Washington, there is a great population of fish such as the famous Chinook Salmon. Here are our top 5 picks for the best fishing areas in Washington State. What do you think? Tell us about your favorite places to fish!
1. Lake Chelan
The epitome of the beauty in Washington, Lake Chelan is somewhat of an oasis. Located about four hours northeast of Seattle, it is a lake that is 1.5 miles at its widest point and just under 1500 feet at its deepest point. The towns surrounding Lake Chelan have that small town feel, hosting activities such as wine tasting, shopping, golfing, water sports, outdoor adventures, and tours.
Types of Fish: Lake Trout, Kokanee, and Rainbow Trout.
2. Columbia River
Serving as a physical border between Washington and Oregon, the Columbia River snakes all the way through the eastern region of Washington. On the east side of the state, where it craws up through to Canada, the river cuts through the Columbia River Gorge, which at some points are about 4000 feet deep. Picture a smaller, but similarly majestic, Grand Canyon. The views are breathtaking. The Columbia River is likely one of the best places in the country to fish, whether you are near Bonneville Dam or on the coast at the opening into the Pacific Ocean in Astoria, Oregon.
Types of fish: Trophy Sturgeon, Spring Salmon, Coho Salmon, Silvers, Chinook Salmon, Steelhead
3. Lewis River
As one of the tributaries of the Columbia River, the Lewis River flows 95 miles long from the Cascade Mountains. Sprouting from Lake Merwin, which was created by Merwin Dam. It connects with the Columbia River just 15 minutes north of Vancouver, Washington. A great hidden treasure, the Lower Falls on the Lewis River is a gorgeous place for setting up camp. Get your fire going, pitch the tent, and find your spot on the water. It’s a wonder that more people don’t go to this river – it’s absolutely stunning, not to mention peaceful.
Types of fish: Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Steelhead
4. Lake Washington
As the second largest natural lake in Washington, Lake Washington extends from the city of Kenmore all the way down to Renton, and is sandwiched between Seattle and Bellevue. It is fed by the Cedar River on the south and the Sammamish River at the north. The East Channel Bridge, or the “I-90 Bridge” as referred to by locals, provides one of the most beautiful views of Lake Washington available, especially during sunset. On certain windy days, one can experience how the floating bridge splits the lake into two sides, creating a contrast wherein one side is calm, and the other is crashing waves against the side. People on Lake Washington can be seen yoga surfing, jet skiing, rowing, and of course fishing. It is an exciting experience to boat all the way around to the four large surrounding cities and explore.
Types of fish: Coastal Cutthroat, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch
5. Mineral Lake
About 2 hours south of Seattle, Mineral Lake is tucked away in a beautiful plot of land. Fed by small streams and rivers, the city of Mineral is most acclaimed for being a great fishing destination. In fact, the local slogan is “Mineral Lake, home of the 10-lb trout”. With breathtaking landscapes and beautiful trees, Mineral is the perfect weekend getaway destination for hiking, biking, birdwatching, hunting, skiing, and camping. And one of the best parts of the lake? It offers a magnificent view of Mt. Rainier, the highest mountain in the state of Washington. It takes one glance for you to be captivated by its monumental and glorious stature.
Types of fish: Brown Trout, Coastal Cutthroat, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout
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