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Fishing in Washington, A brief look

Fishing guides are numerous in the land of rushing rivers, lakes, and coastal shorelines- a true anglers paradise. Washington offers some of the nation's best trout fishing. In the center of the state steelhead fishing reins superior and offers outstanding rainbown trout fishing as well. The Pacific Ocean beaches and the vast Puget Sound offer fishing for two species of salmon, the chinook and leaping coho. Washington fishing opportunities can be had year round.

Excellent trout fishing can be found throughout the state, but anglers looking for graylings should book a licensed fishing guide to reach the more remote lakes where they can be found. Steelhead fishing remains popular in the state. While some fishing can be done off the bank, boat drifting is an excellent way to go. Fishing guide services are available on the Skagit River and the ocean rivers of the Olympic Peninsula. As for salmon fishing, chinook or king salmon season starts in early May and peaks around August. The top salmon fishing spot is Westport at the entrance of Gray's Harbor where anglers can find ocean fishing charters or inshore fishing guides.

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Washington Fishing Locations

Fishing in Washington is the most prevalent in the following areas: Western Washington fishing: Lake Erie, Lake Hart, Pass Lake, Lake McMurray, Deer Lake; South of Seattle fishing: Clear Lake, Summit Lake, Lawrence Lake. Merrill Lake, Spirit Lake, Merwin Lake, Silver Lake; Cascade Mountain fishing: Wenatchee River, Columbia River, Diablo Lake; Eastern Washington fishing: Quincy Lake, Burke Lake, Lake Warden, Corral Lake, Heart Lake; Northcentral Washington fishing: Spectacle Lake, Aeneas Lake, Jameson Lake ; SSekteelhead fishing: Skagit River, Olympic Peninsula, Puget Sound streams, Columbia River system, Green River, Cowlitz River, Skykomish River, Puyallup River, Snohomish River; Washington salmon fishing: Westport, Neah Bay, Sekiu, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Cape Flattery, Tatoosh Island, Columbia River mouth, Puget Sound, Hope Island

Washington Fishing Species

Popular Washington fishing species include: Native salmonids: rainbow, cutthroat, Dolly Varden, kokanee; Cutthroats: searun, Montana blackspotted, the Yellowstone, Crescent; brook trout, brown trout, golden trout, grayling, steelhead, creel, bass,

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