Anglers who know where to find great freshwater fishing make tracks regularly to Washington State. The lure of clear, blue lakes and rivers with abundant fish species is hard to resist. Travelling there by RV keeps it comfortable and affordable.
Here is a quick rundown of lakes and rivers in Washington that boast fantastic fishing. We’ve included information of interest to RV campers to help make vacation planning easy.
Washington’s Fabulous Fishing Lakes
There are hundreds of lakes in Washington to choose from. They make the perfect venue for a motorhome camping/fishing trip. Here are five spectacular fishing lakes that you can visit in the Evergreen State.
Lake Curlew – This gorgeous lake near the Canadian border in northeast Washington attracts bigmouth bass and trout fishermen year-round. Beautiful lakeside RV campsites allow you to dock your boat adjacent to your motorhome. What could be more convenient? Some nice places to stay when fishing Curlew Lake include Tiffanys Resort and Curlew Lake State Park.
Banks Lake – Carved into the red rock canyons near Grand Coulee Dam, Banks Lake offers trout, walleye and largemouth bass worth traveling for! Full service RV campgrounds are located near the water (including the Sunbanks Lake Resort), so plan to fish late and then sleep in motorhome comfort.
Spencer Lake – Largemouth bass, trout and crappie are waiting at Spencer Lake near Shelton on the Olympic Peninsula. Pull your RV into the pines, reel in a stringer full of fish and enjoy camping vacation memories for years to come.
Offut Lake – The perch and largemouth bass at Offut Lake equal family fishing fun on your vacation. Roll your motorhome into large RV campsites in the forest and enjoy classic Washington RV camping. You might want to check out the Offut Lake Resort when there.
Lake Chelan – Come to the largest lake in Washington State to fish for kokanee, rainbow trout, burbot and lake trout. You might even land a landlocked salmon or two! Located within the North Cascades National Park Service Complex in central Washington, Lake Chelan is an awesome experience for RV campers and anglers alike. The Lakeshore RV Park run by the City of Chelan might be a nice place to stay.
Rivers Where the Fish Are Jumping!
We’d be leaving out some of the best fishing in Washington if we failed to mention its rivers! The mighty Columbia, of course, rolls from its beginnings in British Columbia to the Pacific Ocean at Astoria, Washington. If you’re itching to fight a six foot sturgeon weighing in at over two hundred pounds, the Columbia River has plenty to offer! Chinook salmon are also stars of the Columbia, so don’t miss a chance to land one yourself.
Fortunately for Columbia River fisherman, abundant RV camping can be found in the towns and villages along the banks of the Columbia. That’s also true for another great Washington river, the Lewis, where quiet RV campsites near the river free your crew to fish steelhead in late winter. Whether you’re chasing trout, sturgeon, salmon or steelhead, great Washington rivers like the Cowlitz and Wynoochee offer year-round fishing experiences.
Just in case you have questions about special rules that apply to certain freshwater species, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has a very informative website and a downloadable brochure to keep you up to date.
So why not come to Washington, where the fish are biting and full-service RV campgrounds are always plentiful? Once you’ve fished the clear waters of the Evergreen State, you’re going to want to come back soon, we promise! El Monte RV can set you up for an RV rental from our Ferndale RV Rentals and Seattle RV Rentals locations.