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The state of Washington offers both cold water fishing for trout and salmon as well as warm water fishing for bass, walleye, crappie, perch, catfish and more. Choose your favorite type of water as there are terrific lakes, ponds, streams and rivers all across Washington State. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, golden trout, brown trout, lake trout, steelhead, bluegill, green sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, warmouth, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, coho salmon, chum salmon, chinook salmon, pink salmon, sockeye salmon, northern pike, sturgeon and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Washington Lakes

Washington major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Washington, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Washington, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Washington offers excellent fishing year round, enhanced by spectacular views.

Washington Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Alder Lake is a 3,000-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Alder, WA.

Baker Lake is a 5,000-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 5 miles north of Concrete, WA.

Banks Lake is a 27,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Coulee City, WA.

Cle Elum Lake is a 4,800-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Cle Elum, WA.

Franklin D Roosevelt Lake is a 60,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.

Kachess Lake is a 4,500-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Easton, WA.

Lake Bryan is a 10,000-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Peyton, WA.

Lake Chelan is a 32,000-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Chelan, WA.

Lake Crescent is a 5,100-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Crescent, WA.

Lake Herbert G West is a 6,000-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Perry, WA.

Lake Merwin is a 4,000-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Ariel, WA.

Lake Ozette is a 7,800-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Ozette, WA.

Lake Sacajawea is a 9,000-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Walker, WA.

Lake Sammamish is a 4,900-acre lake in the Puget Sound area, at Sammamish, WA.

Lake Umatilla (John Day Pool) is a 52,000-acre lake on the southern border of the state, at Roosevelt, WA.

Lake Wallula (McNary Pool) is a 11,600-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Kennewick, WA.

Lake Washington is a 22,000-acre lake in the Puget Sound area, at Bellevue, WA.

Lake Whatcom is a 5,000-acre lake in the northwest corner of the state, at Bellingham, WA.

Mayfield Lake is a 2,200-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Silver Creek, WA.

Moses Lake is a 6,500-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Moses Lake, WA.

Omak Lake is a 3,600-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Omak, WA.

Osoyoos Lake is a 5,700-acre lake on the northern border of the state, at Oroville, WA.

Palmer Lake is a 2,100-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 8 miles west of Oroville, WA.

Potholes Reservoir is a 28,000-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Moses Lake, WA.

Riffe Lake is an 11,000-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Morton, WA.

Rimrock Lake is a 2,800-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Rimrock, WA.

Ross Lake is a 12,000-acre lake on the northern border of the state, In the Ross Lake National Recreation Area.

Spirit Lake is a 5,700-acre lake in the Mt St Helens National Monument Recreation Area.

Swift Reservoir is a 4,600-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Cougar, WA.

Vancouver Lake is a 2,900-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Vancouver, WA.

Yale Lake is a 3,800-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Cougar, WA.

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State of WA Fishing Information

Find regulations and info about local fishing at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website. Click here for a Washington fishing license.

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Fish for big bass in Washington

Excellent largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in WA.

Fish Species in Washington

Fishing for bass in Washington

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

WA State Record: 11 lbs 9 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

WA State Record: 8 lbs 12 oz

Fishing for catfish in Washington

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

WA State Record: 30 lbs 3 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

WA State Record: 22 lbs 13 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

WA State Record: 17 lbs 12 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

WA State Record: 19 lbs 14 oz

Fishing for crappie in Washington

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

WA State Record: 4 lbs 5 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

WA State Record: 2 lbs 13 oz

Fishing for walleye in Washington

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

WA State Record: 19 lbs 5 oz

Fishing for steelhead in Washington

Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead

World record: 42 lbs 0 oz

WA State Record: 35 lbs 1 oz

Fishing for trout in Washington

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

WA State Record: 29 lbs 9 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

WA State Record: 12 lbs 0 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

WA State Record: 22 lbs 0 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout (Mackinaw)

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

WA State Record: 35 lbs 10 oz

Golden Trout

Golden trout

World record: 11 lbs 4 oz

WA State Record: 3 lbs 14 oz

Fishing for panfish in Washington

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

WA State Record: 2 lbs 5 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

WA State Record: 0 lbs 13 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

WA State Record: 1 lbs 1 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

WA State Record: 1 lbs 6 oz

Warmouth

Warmouth

World record: 2.4 lbs

WA State Record: 0 lbs 8 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

WA State Record: 2 lbs 12 oz

Fishing for salmon in Washington

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

WA State Record: 14 lbs 6 oz

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

WA State Record: 68 lbs 4 oz

Chum Salmon

Chum salmon

World record: 35 lbs 0 oz

WA State Record: 25 lbs 15 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

WA State Record: 25 lbs 4 oz

Kokanee Salmon

Kokanee salmon

World record: 9 lbs 10 oz

WA State Record: 6 lbs 4 oz

Pink Salmon

Pink salmon

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

WA State Record: 15 lbs 6 oz

Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye salmon

World record: 15 lbs 4 oz

WA State Record: 10 lbs 9 oz

Fishing for other species in Washington

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

WA State Record: 34 lbs 1 oz

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

Estimated world record: 1,100 lbs

WA State Record: Not applicable

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

WA State Record: 38 lbs 14 oz

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