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Any angler worth their salt knows that a Washington Coast fishing trip is something that should be experienced at least once in a lifetime. With well over 150 miles of Pacific coastline and rivers brimming with sport fish, the area is famous for its superb action.

What’s amazing about the Washington Coast is that its fisheries are so versatile. When you want some saltwater fishing fun, all you have to do is head to the ocean and pick your target. Bottom dwellers like Rockfish, Halibut, and Flounder are the most popular catch. If you prefer deep sea fishing, then chase Albacore Tuna in summer months.

While the ocean bite is excellent, it’s the freshwater action that puts the area on the map. The Calawah, Whynoochee, and Humptulips Rivers boast premier Salmon and Rainbow Trout fishing. Chinook and Coho are the stars of the show and, in some parts, you can also come across the elusive Pink Salmon. Crabbing is another popular pastime with delicious results.

There’s a lot of local guides all over the Washington Coast, but one thing to bear in mind is the seasonality of the trips. Talk to your captain before you head out and they’ll advise you about the best time to go fishing. After that, you can take your pick between half day and full day options, and there are also specialized expeditions if there’s a species you’d like to chase.

Some of the best spots where you can book your charter are Montesano, Hoquiam, Ilwaco, and Westport.

Rules & Regulations

Once you’ve decided on what you’d like to catch and have picked your Washington Coast fishing adventure, it’s time to think about your angling license. Every person age 12 and older needs an appropriate fishing license and tags. This is the one thing you need to take care of yourself –your guide will provide everything else.

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January

It can get chilly on the water, but braving the cold will be worth it because this is one of the best months for catching jumbo Rainbow Trout and Steelhead. Put on some layers and get fishing!

February

There’s not much to catch in the ocean waters, except perhaps a Flounder here and there. The lack of saltwater action is more than compensated on the freshwater front, where Trout are biting left and right.

March

With spring weather comes the beginning of the Rockfish season, and there’s plenty for you to catch out there! You can find solid Trout fishing on the rivers, but these fish prefer colder water, so will be less active as time goes on.

April

With more beautiful and warm days on the horizon, dedicate some time to saltwater fishing and you won’t be disappointed by the result. The Lingcod season is officially open, and you can also target Rockfish, Halibut, and Flounder.

May

While freshwater fishing offers some decent Rainbows, all eyes now turn to the Pacific, where you can get your hands on a great variety of bottom fish. Whether it’s Halibut, Rockfish, or Lingcod, it’s up to you.

June

The first month of summer marks the beginning of the ocean Salmon season, and you’ll see a lot of anglers on the water enjoying it. Add that to the already impressive bottom fishing action, and you know you’re going to have a great time.

July
Coho (Silver) Salmon follow closely after Chinook (King), but fishing for Silvers is much more strictly regulated. So if you hit the water with Coho on your mind in July, double check the current regulations just to be on the safe side.
August

Now that Salmon have spent some time in the ocean, they’re slowly entering the rivers up and down the coast, and fishermen are ready! You can also change things up with deep sea fishing and go after Albacore Tuna.

September

This is one of the best months for freshwater Salmon fishing! Whether it’s Chinook, Coho, or Pink (on odd years), getting one of these beauties on a fly will be an experience to remember!

October

The superb Salmon bite continues on the rivers and if you’re looking to catch a lunker, this is your month. There’s a big number of charters focusing their efforts on Salmon now and the results are fantastic.

November
The Lingcod season is officially closed and saltwater fishing is generally slowing down. On the rivers, Salmon are also leaving, so this is your last chance to get your share of this fabulous fish.
December

Salmon are gone, but worry not, because Rainbow Trout and Steelhead are coming to make everything better. The winter Trout fishing is incredibly productive and you can find some jumbo specimens in the rivers this time of year.

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Take plenty of layers, under your waders, because it can be super cold out there.
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Daniel V. fished with Mk Sport Fishing - Montesano on November 21, 2018
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Make sure you are dressed appropriately for the weather, bring rain gear and waders.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Washington Coast

According to customer reviews, Big Fish Washington, 360 Fishing – Olympic Peninsula, and Mk Sport Fishing - Montesano are some of the most popular fishing charters in Washington Coast. Full list of top fishing charters in Washington Coast.

Big Fish Washington, 360 Fishing – Olympic Peninsula, and Mk Sport Fishing - Montesano all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Washington Coast.

The best way to experience fishing in Washington Coast is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Washington Coast.

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While freshwater fishing offers some decent Rainbows, all eyes now turn to the Pacific, where you can get your hands on a great variety of bottom fish. Whether it’s Halibut, Rockfish, or Lingcod, it’s up to you. Check availability for local fishing charters in Washington Coast.