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Washington Salmon Fishing

All about fishing for Atlantic, chinook, chum, coho, kokanee, pink and sockeye salmon in WA.

Salmon fishing in Washington

Washington is in the heart of the Pacific Northwest salmon fishing haven. Plenty of quality salmon abound in the coastal and inland waters of the state. The major rivers flowing into the Pacific are migration routes for salmon spawning. Many of the major lakes in the state have excellent populations of salmon. These major lakes include Alder Lake, Baker Lake, Banks Lake, Cle Elum Lake, East Rapids Lake, Franklin D Roosevelt Lake, Kachess Lake, Lake Chelan, Lake Crescent, Lake Herbert G West, Lake Merwin, Lake Ozette, Lake Washington, Lake Whatcom, Mayfield Lake, Palmer Lake, Riffe Lake, Rimrock Lake, Wanapum Lake and Yale Lake.

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

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.


This 20-pound, silver salmon was caught in the Strait of San Juan by Mary Seaman - August 2007.

The WA state record Atlantic salmon was taken out of Green River and the state record chinook salmon (king) was caught from Elochoman River. The Satsop River produced the WA state record chum salmon and the Quinault River produced the WA state record coho salmon. Lake Roosevelt served up the state record kokanee salmon. The state record pink (humpback) salmon was taken from the Skykomish River. The WA state record sockeye salmon was taken out of Lake Washington.

About The Pacific Salmon Family

Pacific Salmon are born in and remain in freshwater streams for the early years of life. The number varies by species. Afterward they migrate to the Pacific Ocean waters where they bulk up and prepare for their once in a lifetime spawning run up the freshwater stream where they were born. They will instinctively return to their birthplace, spawn and die. They are found in the streams which empty into the ocean, and adjoining ocean waters.

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies. For more details check here for articles about fly fishing.

Salmon Organizations

Atlantic Salmon Federation

Atlantic Salmon Trust

Atlantic Salmon Museum

Pacific Salmon Commission

Pacific Salmon Foundation

Washington Salmon Fishing

The preferred method for catching salmon is fly fishing. Depending on the activity level, salmon may be caught on wet or dry flies, as well as a variety of other lures and baits.

Salmon fishing waters and information, by state.

 

Learn the life cycle of salmon

The more you know about the life cycle and seasonal migration of salmon, the more likely you are to be looking in the right area next time you visit Washington salmon fishing waters. Visit the salmon fishing page for more information about the life cycle of the different species of salmon.

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