Fishing in Leavenworth, Washington

Fishing in Leavenworth, Washington
Leavenworth, Washington is a mid-size resort community in the Cascade Mountains. The region has many opportunities for lake and river fishing. A number of outfitters and guides are in the region. Anglers in the area can fly- and light tackle fish for the many species of sport fish. All anglers need to have a valid Washington state fishing license.

Fish Lake

The 500-acre Fish Lake draws anglers in pursuit of German brown trout, rainbow trout and yellow perch. Public boat launches and ramps exist and visitors can rent boats or stock up on fishing tackle, bait and supplies at Cove Resort, which also sells licenses. According to resort staff, light tackle such as poppers or small spoons are recommended, as are fly-fishing techniques. The general store staff will offer guidance and a report on what is biting, where and on what flies. It is possible to fish all year long at the Cove Resort, but the summer months feature the best weather and best fishing conditions for trout.

Cove Resort at Fish Lake
22494 Chiwawa Loop Road
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Lake Wenatchee

Lake Wenatchee, which is 30 minutes outside of the town of Leavenworth, is a backcountry lake and park. Anglers need to be aware of bears and other wildlife while fishing. Sport fish in the lake include kokanee, sockeye salmon and bull trout. Flies or light tackle can be used for landing the sport fish in the lake. The public boat launch charges a fee. Anglers wishing to stay for multiple days can stay at the park's campground. Many of the sites are located on the water, making for easy access to fishing.

Lake Wenatchee State Park
21588 State Highway 207
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Chelan County - Icicle River

According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the higher tributaries of the Icicle River are good for rainbow and cutthroat trout. Fish for these sport species away from campgrounds and the road. The Icicle River was opened for salmon fishing in May of 2008, however, nighttime fishing is not allowed and non-buoyant lures are prohibited. Before fishing for salmon on the river, check for current rules and regulations. Fisheries monitor escapement and open the river to salmon anglers only if there are fish available after the tallies. The Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery is located on the river.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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