Richland, Washington, is located on the southern edge of the state and about 45 miles from the Oregon border. Multiple national forests are within a couple hours' drive, offering fun outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and biking. Fishing is popular in the area because of the rivers and streams that run nearby.
A license is required for fishing any public area in the state. For freshwater fishing in the state of Washington, fishermen are required to use single hooks unless they are fishing with a boat or other flotation device. In this case, two hooks are permitted. Fishing in lakes and ponds is permitted year-round, while rivers and streams have an open season of June through October.
Streams in the area include bass, trout, walleye, crappie and salmon. In the case of trout, there are not many locations where bull trout, or dolly varden, are allowed to be kept. They look very similar to the eastern brook trout that have been introduced to the area. You are allowed to keep the eastern brook, but you should be certain that is what you have. Trout are more active in the summer months. If you are fishing in the spring, try lake fishing for bass or salmon.
The Columbia River runs through the Richmond area, offering several fishing locations without leaving the surrounding area. Leslie Groves Park, Howard Amon Park and the Riverview Nature Preserve are on the banks of the river, some of which offer boat access. There is also water access at Sacajawea State Park to the southeast of town where the Columbia River and Snake River are joined.
Article Written By Keith Dooley
Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.