Fishing is the Pacific Northwest is made for the avid fisherman to the kiddo’s that are just now learning. No matter what type of fishing man or woman you classify yourself, there is a spot or two for you to enjoy! SW Washington’s many rivers, lakes, and ponds make it a fun and accessible destination to cast a line. 🙂
Below we have listed a handful of fishing locations that we highly recommend.
The Columbia River anchors the fishing community with its plethora of salmon, steelhead, walleye, bass, and catfish. There are many docks you can fish from or you can take your boat out and have a great day on the river. (I LOVE fishing for walleye! A lot of fun and I highly recommend!)
Located in Salmon Creek, right of I5 is open for fishing year round. Klineline is heavily stocked with rainbow and brown trout, making it a favorite for families and first timers looking for a surefire catch. It is also a great park to bring the little ones, have a picnic, enjoy the playground and the water features during the Summer months.
NORTH FORK of the LEWIS RIVER
The lower North Fork of the Lewis River provides ample fishing opportunities. Fly fishing experts will enjoy casting for early and late stock Coho salmon and Chinook salmon in spring and fall. Rounding out the year, summer and winter runs of steelhead keep the river busy with activity. Popular and productive spots include near the salmon hatchery and Cedar Creek Hole. The river provides plenty of bank access, but boaters can find launching sites at the Island boat launch, the Haapa launch, and across the river from the Lewis River Hatchery. (This is one of my favorite spots to fish!)
BATTLE GROUND LAKE
Battle Ground Lake is stocked every winter and spring since the 1930s with thousands of rainbow trout and coastal cutthroat trout. Make it a weekend trip and pitch a tent at one of the 35 campsites, or hunker down in a rustic cabin.