From the Archives: Classic fishing photos!

From the Archives: Classic fishing photos!

We know we don’t have to tell Washington’s fishing community, but Saturday marks the opening weekend of trout fishing in many lowland lakes.

To help celebrate the big opening, and to help get folks in the mood to grab their poles and tackle boxes, we’re sharing a few of the classic fishing photos found in the State Digital Archives website.

The top photo shows a man in waders fishing in an unidentified river with mountains in the background.  The photo was taken around 1950.

The second shot features three fishers showing off their catches from Trapper Lake in the late 1950s.

The third photo has a couple fishing for salmon in small boat in Elliott Bay around 1960, with the Seattle waterfront in the background.

And the bottom photo shows a husband and wife admiring their latest catch along the banks of the Puyallup River in the late ‘50s.

The photos are found in the General Subjects Photograph Collection, 1845-2005. This collection includes nearly 2,800 images of various subjects related to Washington’s history, people, politics, agriculture, towns, logging, industry and buildings. And obviously fishing.

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3 thoughts on “From the Archives: Classic fishing photos!

  1. Awesome stuff! It looks like the main image is the South Fork Skykomish between Index and Baring — those are Mts. Index and Persis in the background — except the image has been flipped horizontally. The South Fork makes a big S-curve here before going over Sunset Falls.

    Andy Walgamott
    Northwest Sportsman magazine

  2. These are amazing photos. Thank you for sharing them and launching the blog in time for lowland lakes opening weekend.

    Jason Wettstein
    Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

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