Stevenson, Washington

Make tracks to Washington's side of the gorge.

Are you looking for challenging fishing or the lazy variety? Both are in Stevenson. Stalk prehistoric dinosaurs called sturgeon below Bonneville Dam, where fish run as big as 14’. These are also world-class walleye waters, with both species being legitimate culinary delights. Trout are everywhere in the Stevenson area. The town is bookended with the small lakes where trout are plentiful and willing.

Fly anglers may prefer a bit more solitude. No problem. The Gifford Pinchot National Forest beckons to the north, with six million wilderness acres. And seemingly as many trout, hidden in streams and lakes throughout.

In spring and fall, expect big, brawling hookups with both salmon and steelhead. Drano Lake and several local rivers host excellent runs. In fact, some half a million salmon pass by Stevenson in the Columbia River every year on their way to the spawning grounds. But before you head this way, check your net. You’ll need a big one.

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