When I was little, I always wanted to visit Seattle. There was no real reason why; I just though Fishing in Seattle would be beyond compare. Life got in the way, and it wasn’t until after I’d left college that I finally took the trip.
My dad had gotten a job in the Seattle area, so my sister and I decided we’d go on a Fishing Road Trip of the Pacific northwest. Plus, you know, go visit Dad. As it would turn out, Seattle has great fishing, but it’s nothing compared to the rest of the area.
If you want to pack up and go on a trip of your own, read on to find out where we went. You can always make up your own stops along the way, but be sure to let me know what you thought!
Before you go…
The first time I took this trip, all you needed to cross the Canadian border was a photo ID or a birth certificate. My little sister and I would hop back and forth across the border like we were playing skip rope, and didn’t think twice about it.
Today, you will need a passport to get to our neighbor to the north. They’re inexpensive, and you can usually get one in just a few weeks. If this is a trip you’ll be taking the kids on, get one for them, too.
You’re going to need a Canadian fishing license, too, but these work just like they do here in the United States. Visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website to choose your license, and you can just buy it online.
Canadian fishing licenses are not expensive. For non-residents (that’s you, if you’re American), you can buy a 5-day license for just over $30. If you want to keep any of the salmon you catch, you’ll need a salmon stamp, which costs around $6.