I am a Washington native. I've been here all my life and started fishing at age 6. While the fishing isn't "hot" anymore in some areas, the variety of fishing oopportunities is nearly endless once you learn your way around. Sometimes you have to drive a ways like I have o three hour trip to the Olympic Penninsula steelhead rivers or I may have to drive two hours to the Southwest rivers. I live in the second largest metro area (Tacoma) and the traffic sometimes is very bad but not like Los Angeles bad. There are hundreds of small lakes and many larger. I most often take advantage of the saltwater beaches of Puget Sound and I can take a longer drive and jetty fish on the coast. I can fish for Tiger Musky, Carp, Walleye, Bass, Bluegill, trout, Sea Bass, and five varieties of Salmon in season, on any given day and we have short seasons for Halibut and Ling Cod (big ones). That's all on the west side of the Cascade Mountains. Then there is the east side and though I have to drive a bit, that offers another muriad of opportunity. The camping, hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities are endless as well. I've lived in many other states for short periods of time and always found my way back here. I won't leave now and no matter what some people say or believe, the quality of life here is pretty damn good. If your job brings you here then you probably couldn't find a better place for a family that likes the outdoors. Mild weather, warm (not hot) summers and rainy winters with little lowland snow. It doesn't get much better.