Lacamas Lake

Species

Brown and Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Channel and Brown Bullhead Catfish, Bluegill and Crappie.

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Location

The lake is located one mile north of Camas, in Clark County.

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Directions

Take Interstate 205 to Highway 14 and drive east to Camas. Take Everett Road north out of Camas and turn left (west) on Leadbetter Road. It’s about a mile to the lake on the left.

Facilities

A public boat ramp is located on the northeast side of the lake. Restaurants, tackle, gas, and other amenities are available in nearby Camas and Washougal.

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Bio

This lake was formed from a pre-historic channel of the Columbia River.The lake suffers from over-enrichment causing oxygen depletion, over abundance of plants and algae.
One of the reasons the lake cannot support many fish is because of severe pollution from phosphorus, nitrogen and ammonia. The phosphorus, nitrogen and ammonia collect in the lake water and the lake bed from polluted streams that run into the lake after passing through farm fields, barnyards and subdivisions.
As it is now, the 2.4-mile long lake is murky. The sun warms the top layer of lake water and makes it suitable for warm-water fish such as bass, bluegill and perch. The plants clog the surface of the lake to a depth of about 18 feet (5.5 m), so no oxygen from the air can penetrate to the deep, cold water at the bottom. The visibility of the lake is usually less than 1-foot (0.30 m). It has very green murky water.

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Rules and Regulations

Open year around, see your WDFG rules and regulation pamphlet for further details.

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Fishing Lacamas Lake

Hidden away in the heart of Clark County, Lacamas is quite a ways off the beaten path for most Washington anglers, so it doesn’t receive the publicity or praise that it might deserve as a largemouth bass producer. It produces far to many 4 to 6 pound largemouths for any of them to be flukes. Crankbaits will work but you better try a little more snag-resistant in most of this vegetation-filled lake. Spinnerbaits, Texas-rigged plastics, and other offerings that are more or less snagles are your best bets. Lacamas is open year around and provides bass fishing opportunities from as early as February to as late as November.

This was the first western Washington lake to be stocked with brown trout, at least in modern times. Back in the early 1980’s biologists were looking for something that might work to provide a trout fishery in this lake that grows quite warm in the summer. The brown trout experiment proved successful, and browns have been providing most of the salmonoid action here ever since. Although you might run into a carryover, now and then, spring planters in the half pound range provide most of the action and excitement, as the picture show below. Small wobbling plugs, spinners, and spoons work well on them if your not a fly fishermen. The 2012-2013 winter planting schedule for Lake Lacamas are as follows: 10,000 rainbows (2) to a pound where planted on December 12, 2012 and 5,000 more due in March. On November 12, 2012 there where 12,000 (9) to a pound (fingerlings) planted with another 4,000 (2) to a pound due in March.

If you like catching crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, and catfish, Lacamas is a good bet during the spring and summer. Brown bullheads are especially abundant, along with the planting of the channel catfish.
You don’t have to have a boat, you can catch them right off the bank at several points along the northeast side of the lake, where the road parallels to the lake.

The first channel catfish were introduced to Washington in 1892, and are currently only known to naturally produce in the Snake, Columbia, Walla Walla and Yakima rivers. In 2011, the state had a chunk of money and got some 8- to 11-inch channel catfish from an out-of-state supplier. The state stocked around 51,000 fish statewide last year.” There was a 28 pounder caught last year in Lacamas Lake that got plenty of attention and these plants should get more anglers fired up to head out and catch them too!

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A beautiful Brown Trout from Lake Lacamas

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