Looking for an activity your kids will fall hook, line and sinker for? Fishing is a fun and relaxing pastime that not only creates many childhood memories, but can be done from a beach, a pier or a boat. And now with the 2019 fishing season open, it’s the perfect time to skate over to one of our favorite fishing holes perfect for pint-sized anglers. Scroll down to learn more!
Apart from the occasional airliner passing overhead, Angle Lake is a great escape from the city. Here, you will find a big fishing pier, sandy beach and grassy area as well as a playground, sprayground and swimming beach to pass the time when the fish aren't biting. You'll also find quite a few regulars who are always happy to share their fishing tips. Psst...during the summer months, silver trout called kokonee are plentiful, but you can also reel in largemouth bass, rock bass, yellow perch and, if you're lucky, a rainbow trout.
19408 International Blvd.
SeaTac, WA 98188
Gold Creek Trout Farm
This hatchery can be loads of fishy fun, but you might find the fish are really easy to catch (sometimes they're practically jumping on to your line). Kids serious about fishing will probably want more of a challenge, but it's a great place for beginners to catch the fishing bug. Note: no catch-and-release is allowed here.
Good to know: Poles, bait, buckets and nets are supplied, so you can leave your gear at home and no catch-and-release is allowed which means you must take your fish home. Fish are also cleaned and prepared for you on site (50 cents per fish) or you can clean them yourself, so you can cook and eat 'em when you get home. Gold Creek Trout Farm is a state certified food fish supplier, and their ponds are filled with spring water so the fish have a very fresh taste.
Gold Creek Trout Farm
15844 148th Ave. N.E.
Woodinville, WA 98072
Hours: Varies. Check their online calendar.
Cost: 10"-16" fish cost $10 & under (this pond is not available during fall or winter months); 15"-36" fish are priced by length (chart posted by cleaning shed).
The Old Fishing Hole
A favorite of young fishers for generations, The Old Fishing Hole is for fishermen and women ages 14 and younger, seniors and those anglers with a disability who possess a designated harvester companion card. The best part? It's stocked with 1,500 trout every year! So grab yourself a spot on the grassy shore, bait your hook and reel 'em in!
Good to know: There is a statewide minimum size and daily limit of five trout per day. View Washington Fishing Information and Regulations here.
The Old Fishing Hole (south of W. Meeker St.)
Kent, WA 98032
Pine Lake Park
The young Eastside anglers' not-so-secret spot, Pine Lake, is perfect for fishing with kids. Here, you can reel in rainbow trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch and pumpkinseed sunfish from the fishing pier. Or bring your boat and try catching a big one out in the lake!
Good to know: Fishing for an Experience Guide Service offers kids' angling trips on Pine Lake.
Pine Lake Park
2401 228th Ave. S.E.
Sammamish, WA 98075
Luther Burbank Park
If you're looking for a spot not too far from downtown Seattle, head over to Mercer Island, where the fishing is fine! Drop your line into Lake Washington from the fishing pier at Luther Burbank Park and see if you can catch a black crappie, crawfish or longnose sucker—all while enjoying the amazing views.
Good to know: This park has a great play area and an off-leash dog park for your pooch, so bring along the whole fam.
Luther Burbank Park
2040 84th Ave. S.E.
Mercer Island, WA 98040
For little anglers in North Seattle, Green Lake is stocked full of rainbow and brown trout just waiting to be caught. Kids can also catch catfish, carp and pumpkinseed sunfish. Drop your line from the grassy shore or the wooden fishing pier near the Small Craft Center and see what will nibble on your line. Of course, Green Lake also offers tons of other activities if the fish are not biting including a three-mile paved trail, boat rentals, a play area, wading pool and lots of delish eateries around the lake.
5900 W. Green Lake Way N.
Seattle, WA 98103
For families near Auburn, Mill Pond is a great little fishing hole for anglers under age 15 only. Grab your pole and fish from the fishing dock or the shore. Psst...the City of Auburn holds their annual Special Needs Youth Fishing Derby here in April.
4582 Mill Pond Dr. S.E.
Auburn, WA 98092
Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park
There's so much to do at this Lake Washington park including fishing from the pier. C.A.S.T for Kids also holds their Fishing Kids derby here every June for ages 5-14 and it's when little anglers can get a free hands-on fishing lesson, water safety tips and more. But don't worry if you don't catch any fish, you can always catch a tasty cod 'n' chips from Ivars, located right by the fishing pier.
Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park
1201 Lake Washington Blvd. N.
Renton, WA 98056
Hop on the West Seattle Water Taxi to Seacrest Park and drop your line in Puget Sound. You'll find a great fishing pier, sporting panoramic views of the Seattle skyline, as well as spiny dogfish and starry flounders. Afterwards, grab fish tacos (or a kimchi quesadilla) from Marination Mai Kai located on the pier.
Good to know: The West Seattle Sportsmen's Club holds their annual Kids' Fishing Pond event in the parking area of the park in June (for kids 14 & under). The Club brings their own pond and stocks it with trout as well provides poles, bait and lots of help and fishing tips from Club members. Kids can catch one or two fish, depending on how many young anglers show up. They want to make sure everyone gets a fish!
1660 Harbor Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98126
Jim's U Fish
The fish are jumping at Jim's! Like other hatcheries, the fish here are pretty easy to catch, but kids still think it's lots of fun. This U-fish spot makes a great day out with the fam and not only can you catch some rainbow trout, you can also enjoy all that Old McDebbie's Farm has to offer (from pony rides and a petting zoo to an awesome play area and carousel). Psst...pack your own lunch to enjoy at one of several picnic spots.
Good to know: No catch-and-release is allowed here. Fish are cleaned and bagged for free.
Old McDebbie's Farm & Jim's U Fish
4924 268th St. E.
Spanaway, WA 98387
Cost: $8/general admission; $2/pole rental; $2/bait; $6/fish. General admission is good for all attractions at Old McDebbie's Farm.
Hours: Spring hours are Fri.-Sun. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; summer hours are Wed.-Sun. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
A small fishing dock on the shores of Union Bay, Belvoir Place is not usually busy, so it's perfect for beginners. Kids can fish for largemouth and smallmouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie and coastal cutthroat. Psst...this spot is one of Seattle's best-kept secrets, probably because it's quite hard to find (squeezed between two houses).
3659 42nd Ave. N. E.
Seattle, WA 98105
You'll enjoy a lovely view from this fishing pier on Lake Washington, especially if the mountain is out. Après fishing, enjoy a stroll through Seward Park, swing on the zip line, play on the new and improved playground equipment or go for a swim at the swimming beach.
Good to know: Don’t forget to bring an extra layer. This fishing spot can get a bit windy.
Reverend Murphy Fishing Pier at Seward Park
5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S.
Seattle, WA 98118
Watch ferries crisscross the Sound as you fish from the driftwood strewn beach at Lincoln Park. Popular with families, Lincoln Park boasts great salmon fishing during the summer months as well as plenty of other activities (think playgrounds, hiking trails, zip lines and even a saltwater pool). But be prepared, Lincoln Park can get quite busy, especially during the bi-annual "pink" salmon run.
8011 Fauntleroy Way S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98136
Redondo Beach Pier
Many kids have memories of catching their first fish at Redondo Pier. There's a bait shop at the top of the pier and complimentary children’s life jackets for use while fishing. Afterwards, take a stroll along the boardwalk and check out the Marine Center to learn more about our fishy friends.
Good to know: Salty's has a pop-up seafood stall on the pier all summer long.
Redondo Beach Dr. & Redondo Way
Des Moines, WA 98198
Note: Children 14 & under do not need a fishing license in the state of Washington. However, they do need to keep and fill out a catch record card if they are fishing for salmon, Pacific halibut, sturgeon, steelhead or Dungeness crab. You can register for one online or call the Fish Program Customer Service line at 360-902-2700 for more information. Crabbing requires a special endorsement; also available online. To view the 2019 Washington fishing license types and fees for kids over age 14, click here.
—Helen Walker Green & Kristina Moy