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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, rainbow trout, lake trout, cutthroat, chinook salmon, kokanee, whitefish and burbot at Lake Chelan in Washington.

Lake Chelan, WA

If you like camping, boating and fishing, Lake Chelan is your dream come true. Swimming in this 33,000-acre lake are bass, trout, salmon, whitefish, kokanee and burbot. This dream destination is located in the north-central part of the state, at Chelan Falls, WA.

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Lake Chelan in Washington is a captivating destination for fishing enthusiasts, offering a pristine alpine setting and excellent angling opportunities. The lake is renowned for its diverse fish population, making it a popular spot for both recreational and professional anglers. Popular fish species found in Lake Chelan include kokanee salmon, rainbow trout, lake trout (also known as Mackinaw), and smallmouth bass. These species provide a thrilling challenge and can grow to impressive sizes, offering anglers a chance to reel in trophy-worthy catches.

Lake Chelan in Washington offers a captivating blend of fishing, boating, and camping experiences. With its diverse fish species, stunning boating opportunities, and nearby camping options, the lake provides a well-rounded outdoor adventure for enthusiasts. Whether you're angling for kokanee salmon, cruising the calm waters by boat, or spending a night under the starlit sky at a lakeside campground, Lake Chelan offers abundant recreational opportunities for visitors to relax, connect with nature, and create cherished memories.

Chelan Lake has about 140 miles of shoreline, most of which is not accessible for fishing from shore. However, there are areas at the campgrounds, parks and along Lakeshore Drive where anglers can fish from the bank or launch a canoe or kayak. The elevation is 1,100 ft above sea level. There is good fishing year round, although some areas of the lake are closed during Spring, so check regulations before fishing. There are marinas, boat rentals, restaurants, stores, lodging, camping and RV parks located around the lake.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Chelan

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Rainbow trout Cutthroat trout Lake trout Chinook salmon Kokanee salmon

Lake Chelan Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a favorite activity on Lake Chelan, allowing visitors to explore the expansive waters and access prime fishing areas. The lake permits both motorized and non-motorized boats, providing anglers with a range of options. From powerboats to kayaks, boaters can navigate the crystal-clear waters, discover secluded coves, and find optimal spots for casting their lines. The stunning mountain views and serene ambiance make boating on Lake Chelan an unforgettable experience.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Lake Shores Watercraft and Boat Rentals
Rentals: Pontoon boats and runabouts
509 682-2222

Shoreline Watercraft & Boat Rental
Rentals: Pontoon boats
509 682-1515

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Chelan River Park Public Boat Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, at the west end of the Webster Ave Bridge, off E Farnham Ave, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Lake Chelan State Park Public Boat Ramp
Located in the southwest section of the lake, off S Lakeshore Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Old Mill Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, north side, off Mill Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Twenty-Five Mile Creek State Park Boat Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off NF 23 Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.


Manson Bay Marina
86 Pedoi Street
Manson, WA 98831
509 687-9635

Sunset Marina Lake Chelan
1350 W. Woodin Avenue
Chelan, WA 98816

Click here for a Washington fishing license.

Camping options around Lake Chelan cater to outdoor enthusiasts, providing an opportunity to extend their stay and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Several campgrounds are located along the shores of the lake, offering various amenities and picturesque settings. Camping near Lake Chelan allows visitors to enjoy the tranquility of nature, wake up to breathtaking views, and have convenient access to fishing opportunities throughout their camping trip.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lake Chelan State Park Campground - 509 687-3710

Lakeshore RV Park, City of Chelan - 509 682-8023

Twenty Five Mile Creek State Park Campground - 509 687-3610

Graham Harbor Campground - 509 682-4900

Domke Falls Campground - 509 682-4900

Moore Point Campground - 509 664-9200

Cascade Creek Campground - 509 664-9200

Prince Creek Campground - 509 682-4900

Safety Harbor Campground - 509 682-4900

Deer Point Campground - 509 682-4900

Mitchell Creek Campground - 509 682-4900

Kamei Campground & RV Park - 509 687-3690

Wapato Lake Campground - 509 687-6037

Lake Chelan WA Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Chelan
Lake Chelan State Park
7544 S Lakeshore Rd
Chelan, WA 98816
509 687-3710


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