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West's Hottest Summer Fishing Destinations

Summer is fast approaching and the fish—from trout and bass to panfish and salmon—are biting. Here's a look at some of the West's hottest bites in the months to come.

West's Hottest Summer Fishing Destinations

Summer Fishing Playbook – East Destinations: Washington’s Drano Lake, on the northern shores of the Columbia River, is the hot-spot when it comes catching spring Chinook. (Photo by Scott Haugen)

Throughout the West during the month of May, most fisheries undergo a marked improvement. Chinook salmon arrive in coastal bays, trout streams begin to fall and become more clear and warmwater fish respond to increasing temperatures by feeding more actively. And it only gets better from here. Try these top destinations around the region this spring and summer.

DRANO LAKE CHINOOK

If spring Chinook salmon get you fired up...

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