From the salty waters of Puget Sound to the many freshwater lakes that dot the Washington landscape, the Seattle area is home to some of the best fishing spots in the Northwest, where trout, salmon, bass and countless other game fish species are at your fingertips.
- Green Lake – It can get crowded on the weekends, but Green Lake – accessible through Green Lake Park – is one of the best trout fishing lakes in the Seattle area. Rainbow trout are stocked in spring, and the fishing is excellent from mid-March through early June. Brown trout are stocked in fall.
- Lake Sawyer – One of the most diverse freshwater fisheries in Seattle, Lake Sawyer offers up largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, sunfish, black crappie, brown bullhead and rainbow trout. The best fishing season is late spring and early summer, and Lake Sawyer Park provides a boat ramp and bank access.
- Skykomish River – Abundant summer and winter steelhead runs make the Skykomish River one of the best trout streams in Washington. Several boat ramps and parks provide access in the Monroe area, just a few miles east of Seattle.
- Puget Sound Piers – Herring, salmon, smelt, surf perch, rockfish, flounder and greenling are just a few of the fish you can catch in Puget Sound, and the Seattle waterfront makes it easy to access the water. The Elliott Bay Park Fishing Pier is one of the best and more popular spots, but a handful of other parks and piers offer excellent fishing up and down the shore.
- Lake Sammamish – Wild coastal cutthroat trout are the main attraction for many anglers at this large 4,800-acre lake, but lake Sammamish also harbors abundant populations of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and yellow perch. Shore fishing and boat launch facilities are available at Lake Sammamish State Park.
Before you head out to any of the best fishing spots in Seattle, be sure to pick up a current Washington fishing license. Both freshwater and saltwater licenses are available through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website, and at most bait and tackle shops in the Seattle area.