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Trout fishing can be found year round in the Northwest.

Trout Fishing

The Northwest has many species of trout including


Body color is variable and may be silvery in lakes and reservoirs. It has a red to pink streak on its side and irregular spotting. There are no teeth on the back of the tongue.


Of the 13 subspecies of cutthroat trout indigenous to North America, only the coastal cutthroat is anadromous. But coastal cutthroat have complex life histories, and not all fish are anadromous. In any given body of water, some may migrate to sea, while others become resident fish. In fact, the offspring of resident fish may migrate, while the offspring of anadromous fish may "residualize."


Dark green or blue with white belly. Its upper body and dorsal fin have wormlike markings. Its sides have yellow and pink spots with blue rings. The lower fins are white tipped and the tail is square


The trout's back is brown or olive with large spots. Sides are light brown to yellowish with large dark spots surrounded by halos of blue-gray. The tail has few spots.

Bull trout and Dolly Varden can grow quite large, with typical adults reaching two to five pounds in Washington. The state record bull trout, caught from the Tieton River, weighed 22 pounds, 8 ounces, while the record Dolly Varden, taken from the Skykomish River, weighed 10 pounds.

Golden Trout

Coloration is brilliant and distinct with a green back and gold-toned sides. There are a few spots below mid-point of the body and white tips on the dorsal, anal and pelvic fins. Parr marks show on the side of the body.


It's back is greenish blue to silver with faint speckling. The sides and belly are silvery with no distinct spotting. When kokanee spawn in fall their sides turn red to scarlet. The inside of the mouth is white, not black as in some salmon. This land locked salmon can present some fabulous trout fishing. 

Trout Fishing Techniques





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