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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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Ads Lake


Ads Lake is located just 14 miles from Oroville, in Washington. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Ads Lake include Osoyoos, Midway and Tonasket. If Ads Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are North Fork Mary Ann Creek, Ethel Creek, Mary Ann Creek, Lime Creek, Thorp Creek, Bolster Creek, Gafvery Creek, Gold Creek, Dry Creek and East Fork Myers Creek.
Closest Cities : Oroville 14miles, Osoyoos 16miles, Midway 16miles, Tonasket 21miles, Greenwood 22miles


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Aeneas Lake


Aeneas Lake, just 3 miles from Tonasket, 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 Aeneas Lake include Riverside, Conconully and Oroville. If Aeneas Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Aeneas Creek, Bonaparte Creek, Chewiliken Creek, Siwash Creek, Horse Creek, North Fork Pine Creek, South Fork Pine Creek, Antoine Creek, Sarsapkin Creek and Whitestone Creek.
Closest Cities : Tonasket 3miles, Riverside 12miles, Conconully 13miles, Oroville 18miles, Omak 18miles


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Airplane Lake


Airplane Lake, just 3 miles from Gold Bar, 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 Airplane Lake include Sultan, Index and Monroe. If Airplane Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Duffey Creek, Crystal Creek, Bear Creek, May Creek, Crandall Creek, Olney Creek, Wallace River, Proctor Creek, Wagleys Creek and McCoy Creek.
Closest Cities : Gold Bar 3miles, Sultan 5miles, Index 8miles, Monroe 12miles, Duvall 12miles


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Airplane Lake


Located around 25 miles from Skykomish, Washington Airplane 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 Airplane Lake include Index, Leavenworth and Darrington. If Airplane Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Thunder Creek, Amber Creek, Indian Creek, Boulder Creek, Papoose Creek, Lightning Creek, Foam Creek, Ibex Creek, Cockeye Creek and Cougar Creek.
Closest Cities : Skykomish 25miles, Index 28miles, Leavenworth 32miles, Darrington 32miles, Gold Bar 33miles


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Airport Lake


Airport Lake, just 1 miles from Chehalis, 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 Airport Lake include Centralia, Napavine and Bucoda. If Airport Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Salzer Creek, Coal Creek, Coal Creek, Scheuber Drainage Ditch, Dillenbaugh Creek, South Branch Scammon Creek, Newaukum River, Skookumchuck River, Scammon Creek and Coffee Creek.
Closest Cities : Chehalis 1miles, Centralia 2miles, Napavine 7miles, Bucoda 9miles, Tenino 12miles


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