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Where to go fishing around Seattle

You may not even need a car.

Four people on a boat fish in the Puget Sound with a view of a mountain behind them.

It’s hard to beat the view when you’re out on local waters.

Photo via the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

Time for some reel talk — when it comes to recreational fishing around Western Washington, you don’t have to drag your poles away from Seattle.

The Emerald City has lots of locations for anglers looking to catch a big one — whether you’ve got access to a boat or just want to hang out on a scenic pier. In fact, some places are so close to public transit, you may not even need your car.

Before casting off, be sure to get a license, read up on the latest regulations, and keep an eye out for alerts. Once you’re all set, check out these spots open year-round with prime catches in the early summer.

Bitter Lake

Don’t let the name fool you — this is a sweet North Seattle area to catch tasty seafood. Two-pole fishing is allowed, and you can get access from the Bitter Lake Park’s shoreline.

Go fish: Brown bullhead, largemouth bass, and rainbow trout

Green Lake

This lake may have a bit of an, um… murky reputation, but is actually known as one of the best trout fisheries in Western Washington (there’s even an annual Trout Derby). And, yes, the water is tested regularly.

Go fish: Brown trout, rainbow trout, channel catfish, and sunfish

Lake Washington

Maybe you’ve heard of it? The massive, more than 21,000-acre body of water between Seattle and the Eastside has piers galore and dozens of species. Just be wary there are consumption advisories for a few species in this lake.

Go fish: Black crappie, Chinook salmon, common carp

Seacrest Park Pier

Located not far from Alki, you’ll find shoreline access, convenient boat rentals, and — in colder seasons — folks jigging for more tentacle-y sea creatures.

Go fish: Chinook and coho salmon, squid

Still not sure where to start? Washington’s Department of Fish & Wildlife has a helpful trout fishing guide for beginners and tips on finding a good charter.

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