Rainbow Trout, Summer-Run Steelhead
Enters the Columbia River at Entiat
Take U.S.97 to the town of Entiat, turn west on Entiat River Road, which follows the river upstream for well over 30 miles.
Cottonwood, North For, Silver Falls, Lake Creek, and Fox Creek Campgrounds (all U.S.Forest Service facilities) are scattered along the upper half of the Entiat and offer nearly 100 campsites among them. For anglers visiting the lower Entiat, there’s a city park in town with 31 RV sites, showers, and restrooms. Food, gas and tackle are also available in the town of Entiat.
Fishing the Entiat River:
If it’s trout fishing that you are after, plan your trip in July when the river gets some hefty plants of Rainbows from WDFG. This is one of the few central Washington streams that still revieves hatchery plants. Selective fishing rules must be researched before fishing this river, such as artificial lures, and flies only with single, barbless hooks are in effect in the summer months, from the mouth of Fox Creek downstream, and that stretch of the Entiat also has a 12″ minimum size limit and a two a day fish limit. As for the Steelhead, September and October are the top months, though the steelhead fishing isn’t as good as it was 20 years ago, when the river would give up dozens of steelhead a week. Fishing methods for this river I suggest would be using a small corky (pink) and bobber, and a piece of pink yarn on the hook.