Winter Steelhead, Rainbow Trout
Joins the Chehalis River northwest of Chehalis.
Take Cenetralia-Alpha Road southeast from Centralia for about 11 miles and turn on North Fork Road (left to go upstream on the North Fork Newaukum, right to go downstream). To reach the South Fork Newaukum, take Interstate 5 south from Chehalis for 6 miles and turn left (east) on Highway 508, which parallels much of the river. To reach the Lower Newaukum, turn south off Interstate 5 on Rush Road, about 3.5 miles south of Chehalis, then west on Newaukum Valley Road.
Food, gas, tackle, and lodging are available in Chehalis or Centralia.
Fishing the Newaukum River:
Wild steelhead runs on this small Lewis County tributary to the Chehalis have been in tough shape for many years, but a small scale fishery is provided by hatchery fish that are stocked on a somewhat infrequent basis. A typical winter’s catch from the entire Newaukum system is 40 to 50 winter steelhead. Any wild steelhead must be released. The river is also open to summertime trout fishing, but few fish over the 14-inch minimum size are caught. The season here runs from June 1 through March 31. The last report from the state was in 2010 with no planting of smolts at all.