Fly Fishing The Wenatchee River in
The Wenatchee River originates from Lake Wenatchee
and flows for about 55 miles into the Columbia River at
the town of Wenatchee. Although it was regarded as
one of the best fly fishing steelhead streams in the state
for years, it was closed for more than a decade.  It
reopened in 2007 as an Endangered Species Act
management fishery. Fly Fishing the Wenatchee River is
now a top choice for steelhead..

The regulations for fly fishing the Wenatchee River is a
little different from most streams.All wild fish are to be
released alive and all hatchery steelhead must be

The river will remain closed up until the ratio of wild fish
to stocked fish is properly balanced and the run is
relatively adequate to support fishing. The fishing has
been very good now for the past few years and it is now
considered one of Washington's best steelhead streams
by many anglers..

The Wenatchee is open from Leavenworth down to the
confluence of the Columbia River at the town of
Wenatchee. Fly fishing the Wenatchee River is a real
pleasure. It is usually clear and fairly easy to fish. It has
some very scenic mountains in the background that
makes it one of the most beautiful steelhead streams in
the state of Washington. .

The first run of steelhead arrive around the first of
August but better fishing usually begins about a month
later than that. The fishing opportunities usually
continue off and on until March.

You must have a current Washington fishing license in
addition to a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead
Endorsement Stamp. Steelhead season is from about
August through March.
The season usually begins in August
Fall is an excellent time for the steelhead
Winter is great as long as the weather isn't too terrible. ]
Copyright 2017 James Marsh
Type of Stream

Steelhead (wild and hatchery)

Small to Medium, 55 miles long


Nearest Towns

Steelhead: August through March


Non-Resident License
State of Washington

National Weather Service

USGS Stream Flow Data:
Wenatchee River at Peshastin

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