If you're an avid fisherman or woman new to the Seattle area you may be yearning to cast a line but aren't sure where to go. While everyone seems to find their special fishing holes by chance, there are a few spots around Seattle where you're sure to enjoy your sport while exploring for an area that's yours alone. Here are a few of the best fishing spots around Seattle where you're sure to get a nibble and just might land the big one!
Lake Washington is perhaps your best bet for fishing because of the wide range of choices in both spots and available species. Spanning over 20 miles of water just east of downtown, good spots on Lake Washington are Rainier Beach Park, Sand Point, the Reverend Murphy Fishing Pier, both sides of the floating bridge, and the northern end of Mercer Island. You can even fish right in front of Bill Gates' mansion! Depending on the season you can fish for coho, Chinook, rainbow trout, bass, and many more types of fish.
Elliot Bay on the city's waterfront is an excellent location for salmon, halibut, and rockfish as well as crab and squid. Try the 400 foot Pier 86 and the Elliot Bay waterfront park for starters and you'll love casting your line while viewing the Olympic Mountains.
Green Lake Park is a few miles north of downtown and might be a bit more crowded because it also offers a number of other water sports. It features a 24-hour pier and you might land some brown or rainbow trout, catfish, or rock bass here.
Seacrest Park is on the West Seattle waterfront and offers spectacular views of the city from it's 250 foot pier. While it may be a bit congested due to it's popularity Seacrest also offers boat rentals so you might choose to try your luck on the water instead of the shore.
Wherever you choose to fish, remember the coastline of Washington is over 150 miles long so there's always an adventure ahead for the avid sportsman. Check with state guidelines for seasonal limits and other restrictions and make sure to verify the safety guidelines for consumption if you decide to cook your catch for dinner.