6 Best Fishing Spots in Kirkland

June 1st, 2017 by

When you want to get out and do some fishing around Kirkland, you can fish for a number of different species. Kirkland’s location gives you easy access to freshwater and saltwater fishing. Here are the six best fishing spots around Kirkland.

Everyone who is 15 years old and older needs a fishing license in the state of Washington. A fishing license is easy to get online or in person from an authorized vendor. Freshwater and saltwater licenses are available.

Lake Washington

Lake Washington is a large lake situated between Seattle and Belleview that contains a variety of desirable fish species for you to catch, including black crappie, chinook salmon, coho salmon, steelhead, kokanee, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, rock bass, green sunfish, and sockeye salmon.

Fishing is allowed year-round on Lake Washington, so once you get your license you can enjoy fishing no matter what season it is. April to October is the best time to fish for cutthroat trout, May to September is prime time for bass fishing, and April to October is the time to fish for yellow perch.

Boat ramps are available at Kenmore, Magnusson Park at Sand Point, Gene Coulon Park in Renton, and Rainier Beach Park in Rainier Beach. Troll near the 520 and Interstate 90 bridges to find hotspots for cutthroat trout.

Here are some of Lake Washington’s best fishing spots that you can easily access from Kirkland.

  • Waverly Park: Waverly Park is a great dock fishing spot in Kirkland. It’s perfect for beginners or anyone who want a fun trout fishing outing.
  • Marina Park: Marina Park is located in downtown Kirkland. There’s a boat launch and lots of spots for dock fishing.
  • Old Ship Museum Park: You can find plenty of good public access pier-fishing spots at Old Ship Museum Park in Kirkland.
  • Pleasure Point: Just a few minutes from Kirkland, you can check out Pleasure Point. Located in Bellevue, Pleasure Point is another hot spot that’s popular for bass fishing.

Puget Sound

Puget Sound fishing will give you the chance to catch Pacific herring, coho salmon, chinook salmon, shiner perch, striped sea perch, brown rockfish, sablefish, and flounder.

Here are two of the best Puget Sound spots not too far from Kirkland.

  • Elliott Bay Fishing Pier at Terminal 86: Located in downtown Seattle, Elliott bay is a low-key spot that’s a favorite of plenty of local fishermen. It’s a great spot to catch salmon, lingcod, rockfish, and squid. It’s a 400-foot pier located in Centennial Park, in between Smith Cove and the Louis Dreyfuss grain elevator.
  • Seacrest Park: Seacrest Park is located in West Seattle. There’s a boat launch and great spots for pier-fishing. Seacrest Park is known locally as a great spot for crabbing.

The Pacific Northwest is full of world-class fishing areas, but you don’t have to go far to take advantage of the opportunities the region has to offer. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing afternoon fishing on your own, or a fun fishing outing with the family, one of these fine spots may soon become your favorite location.

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