Rainbow trout are a beautiful variety of fish native to rivers and lakes in the Northwest U.S., however, they have been spread around the world due to their popularity for eating and fishing. This type of trout has a colorful and speckled body that helps distinguish them from other varieties of trout. Washington state is known for fishing and recreational activities, as well as its scenery. Varieties of fish such as rainbow trout and salmon are often sought after on fishing adventures to this area.
Plan your trip to Washington for the spring, summer and fall seasons. Lakes open at the end of April while rivers and streams open the first Saturday in June.
Learn the fishing and land-use regulations for the area of Washington you are visiting. Contact Washington's Department of Fishing and Wildlife for specific regulations and fishing permits. Washington's High Lakes are particularly popular for trout fishing, but there are many areas of the state that has fishing access nearby.
Get your gear ready to go. Use fly-fishing or reel poles in lakes, rivers and streams in Washington state. The size and type is dependent on your personal fishing preferences. If you are a novice fisherman, consider hiring a guide to take you out for the first time to show you the ropes.
Fish for rainbow trout a few feet below the surface of a lake, as this is where they will most likely be after they are planted. Rainbow trout enjoy cooler water, so spring and fall might be the best time to catch them in lakes.
Catch and release the fish that you will not use to help keep the rainbow trout population healthy in Washington. Leave the fish in the water while you remove the hook, use single and barb-less hooks and cradle the fish for a few moments in the water until it is breathing normally.
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