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Types of Fish in Washington

American Shad
Arctic Grayling
Atlantic Salmon
Black Bullhead
Bluegill
Brown Trout
Bull Trout
Channel Catfish
Chinook Salmon
Chum Salmon
Coho Salmon
Crappie
Cutthroat Trout
Flathead Catfish
Golden Trout
Green Sturgeon
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Pink Salmon
Pumpkinseed
Rock Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Steelhead Trout
Tiger Trout
Walleye
Warmouth
White Catfish
White Sturgeon
Whitefish
Yellow Perch

Washington is a premier fishing state that garners a multi-billion dollar industry from its wildlife. Inland waters are teaming with bass, walleye, salmon,  trout, and muskellunge. Meanwhile, the western shore of the state has some of the nation’s best saltwater fishing!

Much of the west coast’s best salmon fishing takes place in this state. Washington has many salmon fisheries to raise stock, and there is an array of species including Atlantic, chinook, coho, pink, sockeye, and chum (or dog salmon). The Columbia River is a fantastic sockeye and chinook habitat. For some larger sockeye salmon try Lake Wenatchee or Brewster Pool. For a true mountain experience with wild salmon and trout try Icicle Creek, known as The Icicle by locals, for feisty chinook and coho salmon, and rainbow trout.

Trout also hold a fine place in Washington, and the state fish is the steelhead. These trout have summer and winter seasons, with especially active runs. The Columbia River is not only great for salmon, but excellent for steelhead. Don’t forget to try its tributary, the Cowlitz River, which has wild fish and two hatcheries along the river.

The more common rainbow, brown, brook, and lake trout are all found within Washington state. A particularly noteworthy species is the cutthroat trout. This trout can be found within a few miles of shore or on rivers connecting to the oceans. Puget Sound is a legendary fishing location in Washington, and a viable cutthroat trout ground. Other lesser seen trout species within Washington are the bull, dolly varden, golden, easter brook trout, tiger (brown and eastern hybrid), and the cutbow salmon (a hybrid of rainbow and cutthroat trout). Try the Skagit River for exceptional fishing for both trout and salmon.

Washington has a diverse fish population, and it takes no exception to the catfish. This state features an excellent opportunity for catching the more common species along with white, black, and yellow bullheads. Other noteworthy species to reel in are varies of bass, the walleye, carp, cod, black crappie, sturgeon, and along Washington’s coast the squid!

Coastal fishing is indeed a treat with Washington’s vast coastline, multitudinous bays, and many islands. One can find many types of rockfish, cod, sculpins, salmon, and surfperch. off the coast. Stay around Seattle for some primer tuna and halibut fishing. Baker Bay offers the same with good sturgeon fishing. For fine salmon and halibut Neah Bay is a safe bet. West Port is a multi state record breaking location, for records in; striped marlin, blue and yellowtail rockfish, sablefish, and yellowtail jack.

Many particularly colorful fish await in the water – like the chimaera and striped marlin. You can even pit yourself against a sixgill or spiny dogfish shark if you feel up to more adventurous fishing. Another benefit of fishing Washington’s coast is not the fish, but the chance to see a bald eagle, gray whale, and orca whale!

Rules vary according not only to season and location, but local fish populations. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife makes adjustments according to present fishing populations and so forth. Luckily the most up to date information is always available on their website as a sport fishing regulation pamphlet, or through their fishing hotline; 1-360-902-2500.

To purchase any recreational fishing license you will need to give your social security number and register for a Wild ID. Freshwater and saltwater fishing require different licenses, with each having the option for one, two, and three day, along with yearly. Some locations or types of fish (ex: Salmon and steelhead) require additional endorsements to your fishing license. Buy a license today for an amazing fishing experience!
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Abernathy Lake


Abernathy Lake is located just 15 miles from Winthrop, in Washington. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Abernathy Lake include Twisp, Conconully and Pateros. If Abernathy Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Hubbard Creek, North Creek, South Fork Cedar Creek, South Creek, Seatter Creek, West Fork Cedar Creek, South Fork Wolf Creek, North Fork Twisp River, South Fork Twisp River and Whistling Creek.
Closest Cities : Winthrop 15miles, Twisp 19miles, Conconully 35miles, Pateros 40miles, Brewster 42miles


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Abiel Lake


16 miles from Roslyn, Washington anglers will find Abiel Lake and will not be disappointed. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Abiel Lake include North Bend, Snoqualmie and Cle Elum. If Abiel Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Tinkham Creek, Humpback Creek, Olallie Creek, Cold Creek, Rockdale Creek, Mill Creek, South Fork Cedar River, North Fork Cedar River, Goat Creek and Viola Creek.
Closest Cities : Roslyn 16miles, North Bend 17miles, Snoqualmie 21miles, Cle Elum 24miles, Skykomish 25miles


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Acker Lake


Located around 22 miles from Stevenson, Washington Acker Lake has much to offer anglers of all skill levels. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Acker Lake include Cascade Locks, White Salmon and Hood River. If Acker Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are North Fork Meadow Creek, Meadow Creek, Spring Creek, South Fork Curley Creek, North Fork Curley Creek, North Fork Outlaw Creek, Hardtime Creek, Outlaw Creek, Dry Creek and Meadow Creek.
Closest Cities : Stevenson 22miles, Cascade Locks 23miles, White Salmon 24miles, Hood River 24miles, Bingen 25miles


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Adams Lake


Adams Lake, just 10 miles from Lamont, Washington, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Adams Lake include Sprague, Ritzville and Endicott. If Adams Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are McElroy Creek, Imbler Creek, Lugenbeal Creek, Packer Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Rock Creek, Cherry Creek, Snyder Slough, Rebel Flat Creek and Downing Creek.
Closest Cities : Lamont 10miles, Sprague 15miles, Ritzville 16miles, Endicott 19miles, LaCrosse 20miles


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Adelaide Lake


16 miles from Carbonado, Washington anglers will find Adelaide Lake and will not be disappointed. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Adelaide Lake include Wilkeson, Buckley and Enumclaw. If Adelaide Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Van Horn Creek, Crescent Creek, Lodi Creek, Pigeon Creek, Spukwush Creek, Cataract Creek, Moraine Creek, Dick Creek, Winthrop Creek and Granite Creek.
Closest Cities : Carbonado 16miles, Wilkeson 16miles, Buckley 17miles, Enumclaw 19miles, South Prairie 19miles


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