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Fishing for trout at Texas Pond, photo by Martha Rasmussen

The watchword for Darrington area fishing is variety.  In summer you can fish high mountain lakes, beaver ponds and mill ponds, mountain streams or the local rivers.  Regulations vary, especially on the rivers, so it is always a good idea to bring your WDFW rule book with you, or check the WDFW website before you hit the water.  Also, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest have their own regulations which may differ from Washington state rules.  The state rules apply on National Forest land however.

Fly fishing for Steelhead on the North Fork Stillaguamish River, photo by Nels Rasmussen

Local rivers like the Sauk, Stillaguamish, Skagit and Cascade produce a seasonal variety of large fish like Chinook, Coho, Sockeye, Pink, and Chum Salmon, as well as native and hatchery Steelhead.  Again, you have to be mindful of the extreme range of rules for the type of fishing gear allowed and what you may keep, or what you must release.  Read the rules and check the WDFW website for
emergency rule changes before you fish.