Fishing on Lake Chelan happens year round with species ranging from trout and ling cod to silvers and Chinook salmon. In the 250 square miles of the Stehekin watershed, there are over 150 miles of trails and many mountain lakes teeming with mostly native trout. The beauty of having such a large area to fish in such a remote region of the state is that you may never see another fisherman your entire trip!
The mountain lakes around the upper valley open on or near April 25 and remain productive through the end of October.
The Stehekin River is open for catch and release March 1–June 30, with the regular season opening July 1–October 31 (dates are approximate, please check fishing regulations).
There are 57 different creeks that feed Lake Chelan and numerous high mountain lakes. For more information, please consult your Washington State Fishing Guide or visit the General Store in Stehekin.
Guided services available! Come and troll Lake Chelan, fly fish the Stehekin River, or tube on a mountain lake with local fish guide John Wilsey. His adventures can include transportation, equipment, and even lodging. Learn more about John Wilsey’s fishing excursions.