Winter and Summer Run Steelhead, Chinook and Coho Salmon, and Cutthroat Trout
Meets the North Fork of the Lewis River three miles south of Woodland.
Take the La Center exit off Interstate 5 south of Woodland and drive east on County Road 42 to County Road 48. Continue east on County Road 48 to NE 82nd Avenue and turn right (south). Drive about two miles to the Daybreak Bridge section of the river. To reach areas further upstream, turn east of NE 82nd Avenue onto NE 299th Street, which intersect with Highway 503 and drive about two miles to reach Lewisville County Park. To reach areas upstream, turn north off NE 299th Street onto Highway 503 and right (east) on Lucia Falls Road.
Boat ramps are located at Lewisville County Park, Daybreak Bridge County Park, and near the mouth of the river at Paradise Point State Park, which has about 80 campsites, restrooms with showers, an RV pump-out, and other amenities. Food, gas, tackle, and lodging are available in Battleground, La Center and Woodland.
Fishing the Lewis River:
The East Lewis was perhaps once the state’s premier big-steelhead river, giving up a number of fish over 20 pounds, a few or 25, and an occasional 30 pound’s or larger. Washington’s summer-run steelhead state record comes from this river back in 1980 at a weight of 32 pounds 12 ounces. A few monster steelhead still inhabit this river, but special regulations are now in effect to protect them from anglers. Wild steelhead catch and release is in effect throughout the year, and spring fishing closures are in effect to protect the native wild-run fish.
But generous plants of both winter and summer hatchery steelhead smolts provide adequate angling opportunity these days, and if you work at it you can catch fish every month of the year. June tends to be the month of the year best for summer-runs, while December and January are the most productive winter-run months. The stretch of the river between Day Break Bridge is very popular among boat anglers, especially in the winter months, but there are lots of places along the East Lewis for bank anglers to try their luck.
The chinook salmon spring run peaks in April, with the fall run peaking in September and October, with the coho coming in almost at the same time. When the rain starts, the fish start moving in.