Carbon River Orting, WA

Carbon River off Pioneer Way, Orting, WA


Carbon River Fishing

The Carbon river offers several excellent Lunker opportunities with cookie cutter winter run Steelhead averaging 8-10 pounds. Did I forget to mention salmon? The Carbon River is also loaded with Silvers, Kings, and Pinks as well.


Salmonid Species:


Chinook (King Salmon)

Silver Salmon

Coho (Silver Salmon)


Pink (Humpy Salmon)


Chum (Dog Salmon)


Steelhead (Sea Run Rainbow Trout)



When to Fish

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Salmon season opens September to November, Steelhead, September through January.

**See Washington State fishing REGS for exact times.


Daily Limits

This fishery generally allows 6 Salmon per day, but only 4 can be adults. Trout 2 hatchery Steelhead per day.

**See Washington State fishing REGS for details.


Preferred Fishing Tackle:


Tackle: Corky and yarn, spinners


Bait: Salmon Eggs, Sand Shrimp


Stink: Salmon Eggs and Sand Shrimp


Tackle Tips:
Top Recommendation for this location is a steelhead jig, next is an orange corky and yarn and lastly an orange or pink blue fox spinner #4, #5, or #6.


Combat Fishing Rating:

Sniper. Pretty much all alone! Except during peak season then it’s time to duck!



Carbon River Water levels


USGS Water-data graph for site 12094000


Carbon River Discharge Rate


USGS Water-data graph for site 12094000



Carbon River Water Levels are provided by the United States Geological Survey data system.


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