Fishing in Lake Chelan
The Lake Chelan Valley has been known for its world-class fishing since the first settlers arrived in the late 1800’s. Each year, stocking programs release 100,000 Cutthroat and 500,000 Kokanee (landlocked Salmon) fingerlings into Lake Chelan.
The Lake Chelan fishing season is open year round, but you must check with the Department of Fish and Wildlife pamphlet for license requirements and limits, available at area sporting or hardware stores. Fish the lake on your own or hire one of Lake Chelan’s fishing guide services.
The largest species of fish found in Lake Chelan are Chinook (King) Salmon and Lake Trout (Mackinaw). A typical catch ranges from 6 to 10 pounds, but it is not unusual to hook a 20 pounder.