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Washington Trout Fishing

All about fishing for rainbow, steelhead, cutthroat, brown, golden and lake trout in Washington lakes and streams.

Trout fishing in Washington

WA Trout Fishing Waters

Washington sports some excellent trout fishing in many streams, rivers, ponds and lakes. The major lakes with healthy populations of trout include Alder Lake, Baker Lake, Banks Lake, Cle Elum Lake, East Rapids Lake, Franklin D Roosevelt Lake, Kachess Lake, Lake Bryan, Lake Chelan, Lake Crescent, Lake Herbert G West, Lake Merwin, Lake Ozette, Lake Sacajawea, Lake Sammamish, Lake Washington, Lake Whatcom, Mayfield Lake, Moses Lake, Omak Lake, Osoyoos Lake, Palmer Lake, Potholes Reservoir, Riffe Lake, Rimrock Lake, Ross Lake, Spirit Lake, Swift Reservoir, Wanapum Lake and Yale Lake.

Visit the Washington Division of Fish & Wildlife for information on trout stocking schedules for Washington.

Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.

Washington Trout Records

Fly fishing reel for trout fishing

The Washington state record brook trout was taken out of Wobbly Lake and the state record brown trout was caught from Sullivan Lake. The Tieton River produced the WA state record bull trout and Crescent Lake produced the Washington state record cutthroat trout. The Washington state record dolly varden trout came from White Chuck River and Omak Lake was home to the state record lahontan trout. Lake Chelan gave up the state record lake trout, and the state record rainbow was pulled out of Rufus Woods Lake. The Snake River served up the state record steelhead trout.

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 steelhead in Washington

Steelhead Fishing

Steelhead

World record: 42 lbs 0 oz

WA State Record: 35 lbs 1 oz

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

Additional trout fishing information

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

Cutthroat Trout Conservation

DMOZ Trout Section

Trout fishing waters and information, by state.

 

Learn the habits of trout

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Washington waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.

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