Van Winkle Creek Near the lake Aberdeen Hatchery.

Van Winkle Creek Near the lake Aberdeen Hatchery.

Located in Aberdeen WA


Van Winkle Creek Fishing:

Van Winkle creek is a small creek that originates at Lake Aberdeen and empties out into the Chehalis River. In the case of old Van Winkle size doesn’t matter, because Van Winkle creek is home to a varity of species of Salmon as well as Steelhead getting hefty runs of each every year. There are only a few Van Winkle Creek fishing access points that will get you on the creek and it’s muddy a little hard to navigate at times. Still the time spent slipping and sliding on this little creek is well worth the effort if your looking to hook up with Kings, Coho, Chum and especially Steelhead. For Van Winkle Creek fishing access point check out our  Van Winkle Creek fishing access map below.


Salmonid Species:


Chinook (King Salmon)

Silver Salmon

Coho (Silver Salmon)


Chum (Dog Salmon)


Steelhead (Sea Run Rainbow Trout)


When to Fish

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Van Winkle creek is generally open to Salmon fishing from September to January. Steelhead from June till the last day in February.

**See Washington State fishing REGS for exact times.


Daily Limits

This fishery generally allows 6 Salmon per day but only 2 may be adults.

**See Washington State fishing REGS for details.


Preferred Fishing Tackle:

One single point barbless hook. Corky and yarn, Jigs or spinners,



Salmon Eggs



Salmon Eggs


Tackle Tips:
Top Recommendation for this location is bobber and salmon eggs or plunking eggs. Other options steelhead jig, corky and yarn and lastly spinners.


Combat Fishing Rating:

Hand to Hand. Eye protection is recommended! Can get a little stacked during salmon season.


Van Winkle Creek Fishing Access:

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