Fishing Reports and Blog for Seattle, Washington
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I’ve been an angler, guide and charter operator in Washington pretty much my entire adult life. I want my website to be a place of learning and encouragement for all of you that enjoy fishing in Seattle and Washington State. Search the Blog for the most recent information, or check out the Locations section or Species section based on what you are most interested in!
Fishing in Seattle – March 2020
Winter is coming to an end, and we have almost made it to the greatness that is springtime in the Pacific Northwest! Everyday, I take my dog for an early morning walk, signs of spring are difficult to miss. As I walk through my rural neighborhood in the pre-dawn hours in the past week, the unmistakable aroma of blossoming Skunk Cabbage and overwhelming symphony of frogs in the wetlands offer a reminder that it is time to think about spring fishing, and the ultimate changing of the guard for new opportunities.
Winter Blackmouth (Chinook Salmon): Fishing has been steady in Puget Sound. The San Juan Islands continues to produce quality sized Chinook, although areas around Central Puget Sound and Everett are offering up better sized fish than in February. Hard work and diligence is needed to put fish in the boat. Even though we did not see red-hot fishing in January and February, I appreciate the fact that we didn’t gobble up our quota and can still hit the salt close to home. The Eastern Straights and Sekiu are definitely worth a trip if you are up for a long weekend a little farther away from the city.
Preferred Seattle Charter: Spot Tail Salmon Guide
Lingcod, Rockfish and More: If you are saltwater junkie like me, you will want to watch the marine forecast and head to Westport mid-month, when it opens for bottomfish. I’ll be heading out hopefully once this month to join my charter buddies for a haul, as my freezer is starting to get pretty empty this time of year! If bar conditions are decent, I might even chug it out to the end of the Westport Jetty, and maybe even hit the beaches for Surf Perch if conditions warrant it.
Preferred Charter: All Rivers & Saltwater Charters
Razor Clams: More openers for Washington Coast beaches! Should be easy digging, and holy smokes we can now look forward to digs in the daylight! So get them while you can! WDFW Razor Clam openers.
Steelhead: Many rivers on the Washington Coast have been closed due to concerns of weak returns. There are a number of rivers that remain open, and trophy steelhead are still being caught and released. Luckily, there hasn’t been much media hype on this fishery, so if you are eager and motivated, you can find a little solitude during the best time of the year for those revered Olympic Peninsula Wild Steelhead. The Cowlitz River has been producing great catches for hatchery Steelhead, and I’ve had a number of epic reports both from bank and boat fishers.
Preferred Charter: CNH Guide Service
Trout: Yakima River’s first big hatch is on right now, so tie up some Skywalla’s, put in the time, and you should be rewarded with a few trout per day, this is a game of quality and not quantity. Several quality lakes open March 1 for trout, including Lenore, Lenice, Nunally, and other sleepers, which offers a great option to get over to the dry side for amazing stillwater fishing. Seattle’s Green Lake is a go! And if you want to stay salty, the hundreds of miles of South Puget Sound beaches offer up a great mix of Sea Run Cutthroat, Resident Coho and Resident Chinook for those ready to pound the gravel or push their boats into the shallows.
Bass: If you have a favored local lake, all it takes is a warm and sunny day to heat up the shallows enough to prompt the first Largemouth Bass opportunity of the year. Don’t wait until May!
Andrew Moravec, Riptidefish.com
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Washington State Fishing Locations
Search this section for information on the best fishing locales for each Washington State region.
Washington Coast & Olympic Peninsula
Washington’s Wild Westside. Rugged coastline, Pacific Beaches, offshore frontiers, temperate rain forests and untamed rivers. Push the drift boat off the river bank or follow the horizon west into the sea for your piece of adventure. Coming Soon!
Puget Sound Region & Seattle
Salish Sea’s endless inland waterways, passages, islands and fishing haunts. Bountiful rivers and lakes in the Puget Sound Lowlands. Come fishing out of Big City Seattle or escape to the wild edges of Puget Sound. Coming Soon!
Cascade Range & Central
Rugged and remote separation zone between West and East. A wild and mountainous region peppered with Alpine Lakes and Streams perfect for finding solitude and great high country fishing. Coming Soon!
Big country on the Eastside. Big rivers and countless desert lakes lay in the land of heavy agriculture, sagebrush covered hills and pine covered ridgelines. Coming Soon!
Washington Fish Species
Search this section for information on the best tips, techniques and locations for each of the species that we fish for in Washington State.
Five Species of Pacific Salmon to chase in our rivers and marine areas! Coming Soon!
Whether it’s a small Chicken or a brag-worthy Barn Door, Halibut fillets are a crowd favorite! Coming Soon!
Head to the river and get on the hunt for the highly prized and often elusive Steelhead. Coming Soon!
Lingcod are the bullies of the reef, and are a fierce adversary, with delicious white fillets but a face only a mother could love. Coming Soon!
Sometimes an easy catch, sometimes not so much. Always a fun time chasing trout in our lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, and saltwater beaches. Coming Soon!
Plentiful all up and down the Pacific Coast, fun to catch bottomfish with yummy fillets! Coming Soon!
Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are in lakes and ponds in across Washington State. A true gamefish and worthy opponent! Coming Soon!
Crab & Shrimp
Hauling up Dungenes Crab or Spot Shrimp from Washington waters is a hallowed tradition and yields one of my favorite foods! Coming Soon!