North Puget Sound: Warmwater fishing: The North Puget Sound region offers a variety of lake-fishing opportunities in October for species including cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, kokanee, smallmouth and largemouth bass, and yellow perch. Some of the areas highlights include:
Lake Cavanaugh: Ten miles northeast of Arlington, fishing opportunities include stocked coastal cutthroat trout, kokanee, and rainbow trout and resident largemouth bass.
Lake Samish: About 6.5 miles southeast of Bellingham, fishing opportunities include stocked kokanee and resident coastal cutthroat trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and yellow perch.
Lake Goodwin: Seven miles northwest of Marysville, Lake Goodwin anglers can pursue stocked rainbow and coastal cutthroat trout, along with resident largemouth and smallmouth bass and yellow perch. Access through Wenberg County Park leads to a concrete boat ramp with limited shoreline access.
Chain Lake: Three miles north of Monroe, anglers can expect good fishing opportunities for stocked rainbow trout and resident largemouth bass in October.
Lake Sammamish: Public access is through Lake Sammamish State Park which surrounds the lakes south shore. Anglers can fish from the shoreline year-round for coastal cutthroat trout, smallmouth bass, and yellow perch.
Salmon: Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton): Open for chum and hatchery coho with a daily limit of two fish.
Nooksack River in Whatcom County is open for salmon fishing with a daily limit of two salmon plus two additional hatchery coho. All wild coho must be released.
Green/Duwamish River in King County is open to salmon fishing with a daily limit of six fish. Anglers must release chinook salmon in all river sections except from Tukwila International Boulevard/Old Highway 99 to I-405, where anglers can keep one chinook as part of the daily limit. No more than three adults may be any combination of coho and chum.
Anglers should be aware salmon fishing has closed on the Snohomish River, Snoqualmie River, and Skykomish River upstream of the Wallace River effective Sept. 29 through Nov. 15 due to a low wild coho salmon run. In addition, all salmon must be released except for marked hatchery coho on the Wallace River and the Skykomish River from the mouth to the Wallace River.
Winter crab seasons: The winter crab seasons for Puget Sound will be announced this month, after shellfish managers complete an assessment of the summer fishery.
Some lowland lakes close Oct. 31: A variety of lowland lakes in the region will close to fishing Oct. 31. Fall fishing is often overlooked by anglers, but October can be one of the best times of the year to reel in a nice-sized trout. Fish that have been growing all summer become more active with cooler temperatures.
Some of the waters anglers should check out before the Oct. 31 closure include Langlois Lake, Lake Margaret, Lake Padden, Silver Lake, Lake Ki, and Sixteen Lake. To find a lake near you, visit our Fish Washington webpage and cast your search!