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Where to Fish

Kids can fish in all lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks and saltwater fishing areas open to other anglers. Many of these waters, especially lowland lakes, have Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife access areas open to public fishing. These access areas are included in the current Fishing in Washington pamphlet. Some of these access areas have only a few yards of shoreline fishing while other have room for dozens of anglers at a time. Visit Where to fish on the Go fishing website.

Washington’s state park system at www.parks.wa.gov also has fishing opportunities for anglers. Some state park facilities are on freshwater lakes and streams, others are on saltwater. For more information, send them an email at infocent@parks.wa.gov.

Many county and city parks, national forest campgrounds and other public areas are also located on the shores of lakes and streams where it’s possible to fish from the water’s edge.

There are a number of lakes and ponds just for kids. See the list below for one near you.

County Water Open To: Open Season
Adams

Para-Juvenile Lake (shared with Grant Co.)

juveniles only

April 1-Sept. 30

Asotin Headgate Pond juveniles, seniors, disability licenses Last Sat. April -Oct. 31
Benton

Columbia Park Pond (formerly "Lagoon")

juveniles, disability licenses Year-round
Chelan Enchantment Park Ponds juveniles-only Currently closed
for rearing Steelhead,
check back in July
Clallam

Lincoln Pond

juveniles-only

Year-round

Peabody Creek juveniles-only Last Sat. April-Oct. 31
Valley Creek juveniles-only Last Sat. April-Oct. 31
Columbia

Dayton Pond

juveniles-only Year-round
Douglas Pit Lake juveniles-only Year-round
Garfield

Pataha Creek (within Pomeroy city limits)

juveniles-only June 1-Oct. 31
Grant

Para-juvenile Lake (shared with Adams Co.)

juveniles-only

April 1-Sept. 30

Columbia Basin Hatchery Creek (from hatchery outflow to mainstream Hatchery Creek) juveniles, disability licenses Year-round
Columbia Basin Hatchery Creek (excluding the section described above) family fishing* Year-round
Grays Harbor

Mill Creek Pond

juveniles-only

Year-round

Vance Creek #1 juveniles, seniors, disability licenses Last Sat. April-Nov. 31
King

Coal Creek (near Snoqualmie) mouth to I-90

juveniles-only

Last Sat. April-Oct. 31

Kimball Creek (near Snoqualmie) juveniles-only Last Sat. April-Oct. 31
Mill Pond (Auburn) juveniles-only Last Sat. April-Oct. 31
Old Fishing Hole Pond (Kent) juveniles-only Last Sat. April-Oct. 31
Kittitas

Mercer Creek (within Ellensburg city limits)

juveniles-only

June 1-Oct. 31

Naneum Pond juveniles-only Year-round
Wilson Creek (2 branches within Ellensburg city limits) juveniles-only Year-round
Klickitat

Jewitt Creek

juveniles-only

Sept. 1-Oct. 31

Little Klickitat River (within Goldendale city limits) juveniles-only Last Sat. April-Oct. 31
Lewis

Fort Borst Park Lake

family fishing*

Last Sat. April-Feb. 28

Blue Creek (check Fishing in Washington regulation pamphlet for area) Wheelchair-bound anglers only Dec. 1-Dec. 31
Lincoln Goose Creek (within Wilbur city limits) juveniles, disability licenses Year-round
Okanogan

Jasmine Creek

juveniles-only

Year-round

Silvernail (Silver Nail) Lake juveniles-only Year-round
Pacific

Cases Pond

juveniles-only

Last Sat. April-Oct. 31

South Bend Mill Pond juveniles-only Year-round
Pierce

DeCoursey Pond

juveniles-only

Last Sat. April-Nov. 31

Wapato Lake juveniles-only Year-round
Skagit Northern State Hospital Pond juveniles-only Last Sat. April-Oct. 31
Snohomish

Fortson Mill Pond #2

juveniles-only

Last Sat. April-Oct. 31

Jennings Park Pond juveniles-only Last Sat. April-Oct. 31
Spokane Bear Lake family fishing*, disability licenses Year-round
Thurston

Long's Pond (Lacey)

juveniles-only Year-round
Walla Walla

Jefferson Park Pond

juveniles-only

Year-round

Lions (Lyons) Park Pond (College Place) juveniles-only Year-round
Whatcom

Fishtrap Creek (Koh Road to Bender Road)

juveniles-only

June 1-Oct. 31

Johnson Creek (Northern Pacific Railroad tracks to Lawson Street footbridge in Sumas) juveniles-only June 1-Oct. 31
Whatcom Creek (from stone bridge at Whatcom Falls Park to Lake Whatcam) juveniles-only Last Sat. April-Oct. 31
Whitman Garfield Juvenile Pond juveniles-only Year-round
Yakima

Sarge Hubbard Park Pond

juveniles, disability licenses

Year-round

Yakima Sportsmen's Park Ponds juveniles-only Year-round
* family fishing = juveniles, juniors and adults when accompanied by a juvenile