Granite Falls is situated along the border of the Wenatchee National Forest in the north-central part of Washington. There are fly-fishing locations in the area such as rivers and streams, as well as Lake Chelan, which is next to Granite Falls. A guide service is nearby if you are new to the sport or just want to have someone who knows the area. Other outdoor activities in the area include hiking, biking and camping in the nearby forest.
Lake Chelan is next to Granite Falls, and boat ramps are located in Lake Chelan State Park. The state park also offers bank fishing if you are without a boat. The Wenatchee National Forest is a quick drive north with more fishing choices, and Rose Lake is northeast on the other side of Lake Chelan. Rose Lake also has boat access. Darrell & Dad's is a guide service nearby for those who want to go on the water but don't have a boat, or want to learn to fly-fish.
Washington requires all anglers to buy a fishing license. Seasons depend on the type of water you are planning to fish. Lakes often have a year-round season unless otherwise posted, and rivers usually are open June through October unless stated otherwise. The regulations guide lists all waters that have policies other than the standard rules. You should also check the guide for special rules, limits or seasons for a specific type of fish on a certain body of water. Trout and salmon, usually the target of fly-fishermen, have special conditions in most waters. Salmon are not supposed to be fished in any waters unless stated, and bull trout are not allowed to be kept. In most cases, wild chinook and coho are catch and release only, as are wild steelhead. An example of special regulations is Rose Lake, which has a shorter fishing season, usually from April through October. Wapato Lake only allows fishing for those under age 15.
Anglers will find all five varieties of salmon in the waters surrounding Granite Falls. Look for chinook and sockeye in the spring when they start their run up stream, and pink or coho in the summer because they stay closer to the coast. Anglers who prefer to fly-fish for trout will find rainbow, steelhead, brown, lake and eastern brook in local waters. Lake trout are most prominent, along with some chinook fishing, in Lake Chelan. Rose Lake is productive for rainbow, and Antilon has brown.
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.