Best Fishing in Washington

This list represents the most popular fishing in Washington. Use this list to plan your next Washington fishing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 John Wayne Pioneer Trail (West)

    5 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    The John Wayne Pioneer Trail crosses most of Washington State. The developed portion lies within the Iron Horse State Park. It parallels I–90 from Cedar Falls, near North Bend, to Kittitas, then ...
    •  113 miles
    •  Guide

    The John Wayne Pioneer Trail crosses most of Washington State. The developed portion lies within the Iron Horse State Park. ...

  • #2 Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

    5 Reviews

    Preston, WA

    This peaceful, wooded trail in the Cascade foothills ends with a view of spectacular Snoqualmie Falls. For a romantic walk, an evening ride, your daily jog, or a pleasant skate, this trail is ...
    •  6.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This peaceful, wooded trail in the Cascade foothills ends with a view of spectacular Snoqualmie Falls. For a romantic walk, ...

  • #3 Foothills Trail

    4 Reviews

    Buckley, WA

    The foothills of Mount Rainier and the southern Cascades, green valleys, rivers, creeks, eagles and salmon, small happy towns, and families at play—this is the Foothills Trail. The community ...
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    The foothills of Mount Rainier and the southern Cascades, green valleys, rivers, creeks, eagles and salmon, small happy towns, ...

  • #4 Cedar River Trail and Lake Wilderness Trail

    2 Reviews

    Renton, WA

    Beginning as a narrow path below the streets of Renton, the Cedar River Trail ascends to street level to head east toward Maple Valley and Landsburg Park. The final miles of rural, wooded pathway ...
    •  17.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Beginning as a narrow path below the streets of Renton, the Cedar River Trail ascends to street level to head east toward ...

  • #5 Burke–Gilman Trail

    3 Reviews

    Seattle, WA

    Seattle’s popular Burke–Gilman Trail invites you on a tour of funky Fremont, Lake Union and the ship canal, the University District, Lake Washington, and north-end neighborhoods. You’ll pass ...
    •  14 miles
    •  Guide

    Seattle’s popular Burke–Gilman Trail invites you on a tour of funky Fremont, Lake Union and the ship canal, the University ...

  • #6 Snoqualmie Valley Trail and Snoqualmie Valley Trail Extension

    2 Reviews

    Duvall, WA

    Wander the foothills of rural Snoqualmie Valley from Duvall through Carnation, to Snoqualmie Falls near Snoqualmie, on to North Bend, and finally to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. You’ll travel ...
    •  33 miles
    •  Guide

    Wander the foothills of rural Snoqualmie Valley from Duvall through Carnation, to Snoqualmie Falls near Snoqualmie, on to ...

  • #7 Huckleberry Ridge

    2 Reviews

    Greenwater, WA

    Sun Top Lookout, built in 1932 on a 5,271-foot peak, provides an excellent view of Mt. Rainier, including Winthrop Glacier, and the Cascade Range—if the weather cooperates. The main road runs ...
    •  2.5 - 3 hours
    •  38 miles
    •  Guide

    Sun Top Lookout, built in 1932 on a 5,271-foot peak, provides an excellent view of Mt. Rainier, including Winthrop Glacier, ...

  • #8 Columbia River

    0 Reviews

    Pasco, WA

    Short Take: 32,000 acres; rocks, gravel, some hydrilla, river current, clear water, tule banks. In the Pacific Northwest the Columbia River enjoys a reputation as one of the finest smallmouth ...
    •  Guide

    Short Take: 32,000 acres; rocks, gravel, some hydrilla, river current, clear water, tule banks. In the Pacific Northwest ...

  • #9 Snow Lake

    2 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    If there’s such a thing as a wilderness superhighway, this is it. The Snow Lake Trail is Washington’s most heavily used trail within a designated wilderness area. On any given summer weekend, ...
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    If there’s such a thing as a wilderness superhighway, this is it. The Snow Lake Trail is Washington’s most heavily used trail ...

  • #10 Annette Lake

    4 Reviews

    North Bend, WA

    Dense forest drapes the lower trail, keeping hikers cool on the hottest August afternoons. At trail’s end, a deep lake waits to kill off the last of the summer heat—for those brave enough to ...
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Dense forest drapes the lower trail, keeping hikers cool on the hottest August afternoons. At trail’s end, a deep lake waits ...

  • #11 Spokane River Centennial Trail

    1 Reviews

    Spokane, WA

    Welcome to 37 miles of paved riverfront trail in a region that receives a meager 11 inches of rain per year. The sun shines on the Spokane River, rapids rush downriver, and bridges criss-cross ...
    •  37 miles
    •  Guide

    Welcome to 37 miles of paved riverfront trail in a region that receives a meager 11 inches of rain per year. The sun shines ...

  • #12 Lake Sylvia State Park

    1 Reviews

    Montesano, WA

    Lake Sylvia State Park has something for everyone: logging history and operations, a dam, a thirty-acre lake, camping, picnicking, and any number of great trails to explore. Two of these trails—the ...
    •  4.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Lake Sylvia State Park has something for everyone: logging history and operations, a dam, a thirty-acre lake, camping, picnicking, ...

  • #13 Spruce Railroad Trail

    2 Reviews

    Port Angeles, WA

    This fun single-track trail runs along the shores of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. It’s bounded by steep slate walls above and the water below. Check out a tiny “hole in the rock” tunnel ...
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    This fun single-track trail runs along the shores of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park. It’s bounded by steep slate ...

  • #14 Wallace Falls Railway Trail

    2 Reviews

    Gold Bar, WA

    On this trek you’ll head uphill on a railroad grade for 2.5 miles. Then a 1.5-mile ascent continues on a narrow walking trail up steep switchbacks, through deep woods, and over wooden bridges ...
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    On this trek you’ll head uphill on a railroad grade for 2.5 miles. Then a 1.5-mile ascent continues on a narrow walking trail ...

  • #15 Long Beach Peninsula

    1 Reviews

    Oysterville, WA

    Long Beach claims the world’s longest drivable beach, as well as fishing and clam digging (season varies; state permit required), and many other beach-oriented activities. An international kite ...
    •  Up to a full day
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    Long Beach claims the world’s longest drivable beach, as well as fishing and clam digging (season varies; state permit required), ...

  • #16 Bethel Ridge Road

    0 Reviews

    Nile, WA

    Bethel Ridge Road climbs over a 5,000-foot-elevation volcanic ridge east of William O. Douglas Wilderness, passing through a mixed forest. The views of the valleys, ridges and peaks east of the ...
    •  2 hours
    •  33 miles
    •  Guide

    Bethel Ridge Road climbs over a 5,000-foot-elevation volcanic ridge east of William O. Douglas Wilderness, passing through ...

  • #17 Whatcom County and Bellingham Interurban Trail

    1 Reviews

    Bellingham, WA

    The Interurban Electric Trolley motored passengers between Mount Vernon and Bellingham Bay from 1889 to 1903. The trolley route takes you high above Chuckanut Drive and Bellingham Bay, on a path ...
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    The Interurban Electric Trolley motored passengers between Mount Vernon and Bellingham Bay from 1889 to 1903. The trolley ...

  • #18 Twin Lakes Road

    0 Reviews

    Glacier, WA

    This road packs more spectacular scenery per mile than any other in the book, but it is a source of contention between those who want vehicle access to the two pretty lakes for which it is named, ...
    •  1.5 hours to 4 hours, including the 3.4 mile lookout hike
    •  13.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This road packs more spectacular scenery per mile than any other in the book, but it is a source of contention between those ...

  • #19 Olympic Discovery Trail: Port Angeles Waterfront

    1 Reviews

    Port Angeles, WA

    What better place to tour Washington State’s coast than on the turbulent Strait of Juan de Fuca? Especially when you can also see Victoria in front of you and the Olympic Mountain Range behind ...
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    What better place to tour Washington State’s coast than on the turbulent Strait of Juan de Fuca? Especially when you can ...

  • #20 Chopaka Lake Road

    0 Reviews

    Loomis, WA

    Fly fishers can cast for rainbow trout in Chopaka Lake, an irrigation reservoir named for an Indian word meaning “high mountain.” The descent from the lake to Sinlahekin Valley provides fine ...
    •  1 hour
    •  24.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Fly fishers can cast for rainbow trout in Chopaka Lake, an irrigation reservoir named for an Indian word meaning “high mountain.” ...