Whether you are an experienced angler or a just getting started, fishing for trout is a great way to get outdoors and reel in some tasty fish.

In Washington, fishery managers stock millions of trout in lakes each year. At many of the state’s lowland lakes, the best time of year to fish for trout is in spring and fall when the water is cooler and the fish tend to be more active. In the heat of the summer, anglers can find trout deeper in lakes – where the fish have retreated to colder water – or they can cast for trout at the cooler high mountain lakes.

In rivers, spring and fall also are the best seasons to fish for trout, which can often be found resting or feeding near rocks or other structures, and in deep pools with slow moving water.