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Fishing Tips & Informtation - Mount Rainier WA | Cabin Mania

Fishing Information

Just like other mountain cabin destinations, Mount Rainier offers a selection of fishing locations. Unfortunately, Mount Rainier isn’t know for it’s fishing, however, to combat this stigma some lakes and streams are stocked. Limits, licenses, and regulations vary from each location…please be advised of this information. For more information about the parks regulations please visit Mount Rainier National Park.

If you prefer fishing off rivers then there are many rivers to choose from…

  • America River. If you’re looking for cutthroat, brook trout and rainbow trout you will enjoy this river. It is at a high elevation and it right under 5 miles long.
  • Bumping River. This is one of the popular rivers to fish on while at Mount Rainier. You’ll have to go to the Cascade Range for this river to fish for rainbow trout, brook trout and cutthroat.
  • Butter Creek River. You’ll have to visit this river between June and October. It’s closed during the winter months. There are special rules for fishing on this river. You can only use unscented, artificial flies and lures with single barbless hook. No bait and it’s catch and release only. You’ll find ranbow trout, cutthroat and white fish at this river.
  • Cowlitz River. This river runs off the slops of Mount Rainier. It is over 100 miles long and features coho salmon, steelhead, brown trout, cutthroat trout and whitefish. Cowlitz is known for it’s steelhead and salmon so you’re sure to catch plenty of those. This river does run through private properties so the best way to get to it is from road access.
  • Naches River. Located in the eastern part of the Cascade Range this river is approximately 75 miles long. It’s exceptionally close to campgrounds and if you’re looking to catch rainbow or cutthroat trout and whitefish you’ll find what you’re looking for here.
  • Nisqually River. The best time to fish for the salmon, steelhead and trout at this river is during the month of October. It’s approximately 81 miles long and runs from the slopes of Mountain Rainer and drains off into the Puget Sound.
  • Skate Creek. You’ll only be able to access this river from June until October as well. This river will be stocked with rainbow trout and whitefish. It’s a short creek at right over 3 miles long.

If fishing by a lake is more your style then here are some choices for you…

  • Alder Lake. This huge lake is over 2900 acres. It’s open year round but keep in my the water freezes in the winter months. You’ll find rainbow and cutthroat trout, kokanee, largemouth bass, bullhead catfish, black crappie and yellow perch at this lake. It’s easily accessible for handicapped as well.
  • Clear Lake. This lake is right under 6 acres large and has plenty of rainbow trout. It’s over 3500 feet above sea level and is the best area to fish in. It’s open year round but is stocked every April, June and October with a combined 25,000 trout.
  • Dog Lake. Great for a beginner fisherman. It’s 60+ acres is home to rainbow and eastern brook trout. The best time to fish this lake is June-October. Take your boat out and fish and retire to the campground when you’re done for the day.
  • Mineral Lake. It’s only open from April 1- September 30 and you can catch rainbow or brown trout here. Many consider Mineral Lake to be the best trout fishing lake in western Washington. Enjoy over 250 acres of lake and catch a trophy fish or two.
  • Mowich Lake. The largest lake completely inside the Mount Rainier National Park limits. Mowich Lake is home to kokanee, and ester trout. You’ll have to take a hike to get to this lake though but there is a campground near by if you plan on fishing there a couple of days in a row.
  • Riffe Lake. Over 11,500 acres and open year round. A very popular lake to fish on if you’re looking to catch a cutthroat, brown or rainbow trout, coho, kokanee or largemouth bass. It does not have boat access so you’ll have to fish from shore at this lake.

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