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With over 50 miles of crystal blue waters surrounded by hills of orchards and vineyards, not only is Lake Chelan one of the most picturesque places to fish, it's also home to some of the best fishing in the Northwest.  Chinook Salmon, Lake Trout, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Burbot and Kokanee are all abundant in the cool, deep water, with over 800,000 stocked and landlocked in the lake each year.  Here, hooking a 20-pound fish isn't unusual.  The largest species is Lake Trout (Mackinaw), which holds the state record set in 2014, a 35-pound, 10-ounce trout. 

And while you’re in the Chelan area, make sure to try your hand at these nearby lakes and rivers: 

Wapato Lake

Where:10 miles from Chelan in Manson

What: Rainbow Trout, Large Mouth Bass, Bluegill and Crappie 

Roses Lake

Where: 10 miles from Chelan in Manson

What: Rainbow Trout, Bass and Catfish

Alta Lake

Where: 20 miles north of Chelan

What:  Rainbow Trout, Large Mouth Bass and Bluegill

Stehekin River

Where: The head of Lake Chelan

What: Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout

Columbia River

Where: 3 miles from Chelan

What: Rainbow Trout, Sturgeon, Walleye, Catfish, Kind Salmon and Steelhead


Check with the WDFW for details on licenses and limits. 
Licenses are available at Kelly’s Ace Hardware and Chelan Walmart.

 

FISHING GUIDE SERVICES: 

Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service:  DarrellandDads.com

Something Catchy:  509.885.6920

Allan’s Fishing Guide Service:  509.687.3084

Lake Chelan Adventures:  www.LakeChelanAdventures.com