Gold Creek Trout Farm: Seattle-Area Fishing for Kids
Photo courtesy of Allison Holm
Just minutes from Seattle and a stone’s throw from Woodinville’s wine country, you’ll find Gold Creek Trout Farm, a local hatchery and family-owned farm where your little fisher-kids can try their hand at angling. It’s a great place to introduce children to fishing and, since it’s on private property (literally in owners Pam and Cecil Thomas' front yard), you won’t need a fishing license. Gold Creek provides all the gear, including simple cane fishing poles, bait, buckets, and nets. And when it comes to baiting the hook, you won’t find night crawlers here; they use putty-like fish food to attract the rainbow trout. Pam and Cecil will clean and bag the fish at no additional price (although starting in 2017, a self-cleaning station will be added).
Ready, Set, Bait!
Gold Creek Trout Farm is organized into two shallow fishing ponds; one that’s stocked with smaller fish and one with larger-sized trout. In general, many younger kiddos do well catching the smaller trout, but the larger pond is also very doable with a little help from mom or dad. Bait your hook, toss it in and wait for the fish to bite! At the time of our visit, the ponds were well-stocked and it only took a few minutes to get a bite. While fishing at Gold Creek isn’t exactly the same as spending the day on a lake, it’s perfect for small children (and small attention spans!).
Gold Creek Trout Farm is a U-Fish venue, so be ready to be hands-on. Once they get a fish biting the bait, kids can hold the pole steady while mom or dad scoop the trout out of the water with a net. Gold Creek has a strict “no catch and release” policy to avoid sending injured fish back into the water, so keep in mind that all fish caught will be going home with you. The price scale is rated by the length of the fish caught and is posted at the check-in station. There’s a covered picnic table for post-fishing snacks, or bring a few quarters to buy containers of fish food and head to a separate pond near the back and treat growing trout to a snack of their own.
That’s a Wrap
When your little fisher-kids have had their fill for the day, Pam and Cecil will clean and bag your catch. Consider bringing a cooler filled with ice to keep things cool on the ride home. And since Gold Creek Trout Farm is a state certified food supplier, you can bake or fry your fish with confidence. Their ponds are continuously fed by protected spring water so the fish are perfectly safe to eat.
Location: 15844 148th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072 / (425) 483-1415
Price: Trout from the small pond (10-14 inches) are $7-$8; trout from the large pond (10-36 inches) are priced by size from $7-$36.
Check the calendar for additional hours.
CALL AHEAD TO MAKE SURE FARM IS OPEN!
Fishing license not required, bringing your own equipment is optional. If you bring your own fishing poles, keep in mind they do not sell hooks or set up your poles for you. No hooks larger than #6 and they do not provide help with tying hooks!
The trout farm has a covered picnic table area for snacks and there's also a Port-a-Potty.
They do birthday parties!
Check website for more details.