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Host of the world’s most famous fish market for a reason.

The Pike Place fish market is one of the most famous fish markets in the world, and it could only be in Seattle. The amount of fishing options around this great city are endless. Whether you want to head out into the Puget Sound for salmon, halibut, and cod or hike up into the mountains after trout and steelhead, a fisherman will not be disappointed by the Emerald city.

The Puget Sound is situated in an almost perfect climate for fishing. It’s sits in a buffer zone between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade mountain range, providing Seattle with a year-round temperate climate that keeps the average temperature in prime fishing range. Rarely dropping below 40 in the winter and above 80 in the summer, the weather in Seattle is ideal for a fisherman.

After fishing, kick back at some of Seattle’s famous seafood restaurants or grunge rock bars. For fun, you can watch the salmon as they run through the Ballard locks, up the fish ladder and through observational windows.

Basic Info
  • 47° 36° Dec-Feb
  • 59° 43° Mar-May
  • 75° 56° Jun-Aug
  • 60° 46° Sep-Nov
Puget Sound, Cascade Mountain Creeks, Columbia River, Pacific Ocean, Olympic Peninsula
Fishing license info here: here

The Catch

Top fish species to target in Seattle, WA

Coho Salmon

Average 8 pounds with dark metallic blue or greenish backs with silver sides and a light belly; spawning fish in rivers are dark with reddish sides

Cutthroat Trout

These fish look similar to Rainbows but with more spotting and the distinctive red slash near the throat.


One of the world's largest flatfish, Halibut have diamond shaped bodies and swim sideways, blending in with the sea floor.

Rainbow Trout

Adult fish are distinguished by a broad reddish stripe along the lateral line, from gills to the tail, which is most vivid in breeding males.


These are migratory rainbow trout cousins which can get into the 20-30 pound range. Their name comes from their chrome head and rainbow stripe.

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