Duck Lake


Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout, Large-Mouth Bass, Bluegill, and Crappie.
South of Ocean Shores
Take Highway 109 west from Hoquiam for 14 miles to Highway 115. Turn south (left) and drive through Ocean Shores. Turn left on Chance A La Mer and drive three blocks to the boat ramp near the north end of the lake or continue south for one mile to Ocean Lake Way, turn left, and drive a quarter of a mile to Duck Lake Drive. Turn right and follow Duck Lake Drive one mile to the southern boat ramp.
There ramp nearest the north end of the lake is suitable for launching bigger boats, and the southern ramp is more favorable to car toppers ans smaller crafts. Ocean Shores has all of your amenities.
2013 Trout Plants:
May 10, 2013 Rainbow (377) Satsop Springs Ponds Average 6 lbs each.
May 08, 2013 Rainbow (573) 14″-16″ Humptulips Hatchery
Apr 22, 2013 Rainbow (200) 14″-16″ Humptulips Hatchery
Apr 22, 2013 Rainbow (2,500) 14″-16″ Humptulips Hatchery
Mar 26, 2013 Rainbow (1,000) 2.5 fish per pound Humptulips Hatchery
Mar 26, 2013 Rainbow (240) 14″-16″ Humptulips Hatchery
Mar 24, 2013 Rainbow (250) Satsop Springs Ponds Average 4 lbs. each.
Fishing Duck Lake:
As a child in the early 1970’s I fished this lake and its canals on many occasions. I remember standing at the end of the canal by the marina and looking down from its two piers and seeing MONSTER sized Large-Mouth Bass in the 6 to 10 lb. range. This long shallow lake with a coffee like colored water offers an interesting mix to any angler who takes the time to learn its secrets. Both the trout and bass grow to lunker sized proportions in this rich lake full of minerals.
For rainbows, try trolling with small Kwikfish or Flatfish or any lure of this sort that would vibrate in this not so clear water. Also another method would be the ole’ still fishing with a slip sinker, 48″ leader, and a nightcrawler.
The few anglers that come to fly-fish can do well in the afternoon with various nymph patterns, or in the evening with dry-flies. Spinnerbaits and various plastics work well for the bass, and during the summer it’s easy to coax them to the surface with a plug, poppers, or buzz baits.
If you want bluegills, try casting a Beetle Spin or a Berkley Power Spin to shoreline brush piles and the overhanging willows, especially when they congregate for spawning in the spring and early summer. Some of the bluegills I have caught where huge! But, in the end I think nightcrawlers in this lake work the best for all of the species in Duck Lake. Tight Lines!

Here is a nice Duck Lake Bass!

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Lake Sammamish

Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead Catfish, Black Crappie, Chinook Salmon, Kokanee, and Steelhead
Northwest of Issaquah
Take exit 15 off of Interstate 90 and turn north (over the freeway). Follow SE 56th Street one mile to East Lake Sammamish Parkway, turn north (left), and drive one mile to the boat lauch sign on the left.
A boat ramp, floats, and bank fishing access are located at the state park, which encompasses the lake’s entire south end. There’s room to launch about 10 boats at a time at this expansive launch. Several private parks also have boat launches, docks, and bank fishing. Food, gas, tackle, lodging can be accessed in the town of Issaquah.
Rules and Regulations:
Open to fishing year-round, kokanee and steelhead are off limits.
The lake is 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide, with a maximum depth of 105 feet and a surface area of 8 sq mi. It lies east of Lake Washington and west of the Sammamish Plateau, and stretches from Issaquah in the south to Redmond in the north. At Issaquah it is fed by Issaquah Creek, and at Redmond it drains to Lake Washington via the Sammamish River. Lake Sammamish watershed stretches from Redmond through Bellevue, and Issaquah to Preston and Hobart, and consists of numerous creeks which flow into the lake. Issaquah Creek is the largest tributary, furnishing 70% of the lake’s inflow.
Fishing Lake Sammamish:
The most important thing you need to know is that the boat ramp at the state park isn’t open 24 hours a day, so if you want to launch before daylight or fish until after dark, you should use one of the private parks instead. The second most important thing you need to know is that Lake Sammamish is Western Washington’s premier small-mouth bass lake. Although, these bronze back fighters have been in the lake for many years and there’s absolutely no secret about it, Sammamish continues to provide good small-moth fishing for those willing to work at it a little. The many old pilings and submerged trees around the south end of the lake are especially productive places to search for the smallies. But fish may also be found around any of the dozens of docks and floats or over many of the gravel-bottom beaches where home owners and Washington State Parks have dumped tons of sand and gravel to turn the once muddy lake bottom into an environment more pleasing to human water-lovers. While all this development has eliminated a lot of the largemouth habitat the lake once had, it’s almost perfect for smallmouths. As for what to ue, try small lead-heads with green, gray, or clear plastic skirts to imitate the salmon fry on which the Sammamish smallmouths are feeding upon. The clean, generally snak-free bottom is also conductive to casting crankbaits, and be sure to take along at least a couple of crawfish finishes. Many of the big lilly pad beds and other vegetation that use to make Lake Sammamish a top-notch largemouth lake are gone, but it’s still possible to catch one here and there. Some of the bass are caught are really big,.


Sammamish is home to some of the biggest, most beautiful cutthroat around, some of them topping the 20 inch mark, and weighing up to three pounds. Casting or trolling needlefish, Canadian Wonders, Dick Nites, and other wobblers will take them, as will trolling a nightcrawler behind a Wedding Ring Spinner, or Pop Gear. Fishing from the shore would be a slip sinker, 48″ leader, and a nightcrawler. My favorite time to fish this fishery is in the fall at the mouth of Issaquah Creek, trolling in about 30′ of water, using a nightcralwer behind a Wedding Ring Spinner. But remember to stay at least 100 yards out from the mouth of the creek, check your WDFG rules and regulation pamphlet.

Roger Koskela with a chrome Lake Sammamish Cutthroat

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Trout Fishing Lake Samammish Kayak Todd and Ray from rayborbon on Vimeo.

Trout Fishing Lake Samammish Kayak Todd and Ray

Last year on August 12th 2012 the state opened up the Chinook fishery on Lake Sammamish. There was a daily limit of four salmon, of which an angler could retain up to two chinook or king salmon and complete the catch limit with other salmon species. Silver or coho salmon may be part of the catch.

Because the feeding portion of these salmon’s lives is over, you either have to appeal to their instinct to bite what once was food, or trade on their aggressive nature. The former is touted by those who use bare, red, size 4/0 hooks trolled behind a Dodger flasher.
Herring or smelt fished behind a flasher are also used to catch these salmon. Rigging should be the same as one would use in salt water.
For both types of lures, savvy fishers use commercial scent attractants. There are some krill scents that work well here, especially on bare hooks.

You also see folks jugging from a drifting boat with a variety of lures, such as Point Wilson Darts or BuzzBombs.
The best fishing is all day but the catching is mostly early in the morning, when the fish school up at shallower depths. Start out fishing at shallow depths and vary down until you connect. A fish finder can help, but varying the depth until you get a strike is the tried-and-true way to work the lake.

Slow to medium trolling speed is standard. Usually you will join a line of trolling boats and to prevent fouling yours or their lines you should match that speed.
The kings have been in the lake for some time now, but you will connect with bright silver, fresh sea-run salmon from time to time. The dark ones should be considered for return or may be satisfactory for smoking.

Chinook “King Salmon” passing through the Ballard Locks on their way to Issaquah Creek, via Lake Washington, then Lake Sammamish.


Osoyoos Lake

Rainbow Trout, Small and Large Mouth Bass, Sockeye Salmon, Kokanee, Black Crappie, Sunfish, Yellow Perch, and Carp
North of Oroville, the lake is a lake located in British Columbia and Washington.
Take U.S. 97 to Oroville and continue through town along the west side of the lake.
Osoyoos Lake State Park, located at the south end of the lake, has 80 tent sites, rest rooms with showers, a boat ramp, and picnic tables. Food, gas, lodging and other amenities are available in Oroville.
Fishing Osoyoos Lake by Danny Coyne

This lake is mostly know to anglers as an incredible bass fishery and not sought after so much for Rainbow Trout. Osoyoos is one of my most favorite lakes to fish because of the amount of different fish species that it has to over.

With this species list an angler has numerous options for a great day of fishing on Osoyoos Lake. Osoyoos is much known for windy days and that can make things difficult when trying to target bass. A typical day on this lake an angler can experience whitecap waves for a couple of hours and then calm flat water in the same afternoon. I like to start of the day with an early morning troll for big rainbows then switch my luck to fishing bass as the later morning warms up. If the wind becomes too much of a challenge for boat control for bass fishing, I usually switch back to trolling for rainbows.

I approach this lake by launching my boat at Haynes Point Park. If I’m not fishing for bass then I start to make my way north up the lake. The trout fishing is the hottest on the East side of the lake just north of Nk’Mip Campground. Osoyoos Lake reaches depths close to 180 feet deep. Use your sonar and fish the ledges on the east side of the lake. We’ve caught most of our fish with the bottom at the 120 foot mark and the fished suspended from 50 to 25 feet.

It is reported that rainbow in this lake can reach up to 11 pounds, but an average fish is around 2 to 4 pounds. These fish are usually caught by trolling spoons, Apex Lures, buck tails or plugs. Willow leaf atractors with an 18 inch leader to a rainbow colored Apex Lure have brought me the most success. Using a gang troll presentation with a wedding ring can bring success but through my experience hooks into small Kokanee and smaller rainbows.

Best trout fishing in Osoyoos Lake is in early spring or fall. In the summer the larger trout go deeper and will require down riggers to reach them.

The months of May, June, and July are also good for trolling or still-fishing for Osoyoos kokanee, most of which range from 10 to 14 inches. Wedding Ring Spinners with a kenel of white corn on the hooks will take them as well as anything, assuming you locate a good school and get your lure down to the right depth. You also can use downriggers and be very effective on controlling your depth.

Information provided in this article comes from Danny Coyne’s article on fishing Osoyoos Lake. To read more on fishing this lake visit Dany @

Nice 5# sport caught sockeye salmon:


Photo courtesy of the:osoyoos times newspaper fishing article

2012 was a record sockeye run on Osoyoos Lake. On July 24 Starting just after midnight Friday, anglers will have a rare opportunity to fish for sockeye salmon in Osoyoos Lake.

The recreational fishery is thanks to record numbers of sockeye returning to the Columbia River system — the largest run since 1938 — with a large portion of them crossing over the Wells Dam and into the Okanagan River to spawn. That, in turn, is thanks to years of restoration efforts by the Okanagan Nation, working in co-operation with federal and provincial agencies in both the U.S. and Canada.

“We’re expecting a banner year. Over a half a million sockeye are coming back to the Columbia, of which Okanagan is the major stock,” said Richard Bussanich, a fisheries biologist with the Okanagan Nation Alliance. “We anticipate over 80 per cent of fish coming up the Columbia are destined for Osoyoos Lake and the Okanagan River.”

Bussanich said the run is going to easily meet the minimum 30,000 sockeye on the spawning grounds for the conservation efforts.

“We’re going to probably exceed the adult spawning capacity, and that is one of the reasons we are looking to the fishery to help mitigate. That’s the limiting factor right now, in terms of restoration efforts,” said Bussanich. Monitoring of tagged fish, he continued, show that there are an estimated 80,000 sockeye in Osoyoos Lake right now.

“Right now, we are looking at between 30,000 and 100,000 fish available for harvest,” said Bussanich. That amount will be divided between an Okanagan Nation food, social and ceremonial fishery and an economic fishery. “Within that, about 2,500 are available for the recreational fishery at Osoyoos Lake.”

Recreational fishers will have to purchase a salmon tag in addition to their fishing licence and are limited to two fish. But there will be an additional opportunity for those who want to continue fishing after they have caught their limit.

Sockeye Salmon fishing video on Osoyoos Lake:

Lake Stevens

Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout, Small and Larmouth Bass, Crappie, Yellow Perch, and Kokanee.
At the town of Lake Stevens, east of Everett
Take Interstate 5 to Everett and turn east on U.S.2. Turn north on Highway 204 and follow it about three miles to the lake.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife maintains an access area with a good boat ramp on the east side of the lake, and there’s also a county park on the west side with a launch ramp and fishing dock. Food, gas and all other amenities are plentiful throughout the area.
Fishing Lake Stevens:
Even though it covers more than 1,000 acres and offers some kind of fishing 12 months a year, Lake Stevens is more publicity than the past years. Kokanee fishing has taken off in this lake. Like many year-round lakes, it plays second fiddle to the area’s many prime April-October trout lakes. It’s really a gold mind that anglers have overlooked for years.
Summertime Kokanee fishing can be especially good, whether you prefer to catch these landlocked salmon with trolling gear or still-fishing set-ups. If you still fish this is one of Washington’s few lakes that allows you to chum with creamed corn or other baits to atract kokanee to your hooks. Don’t be surpised if your kokanee fishing efforts draw the attention of an occasional rainbow or cutthroat trout. If you want to specifically fish for trout, and the lake has some big ones, try trolling Wedding Band Spinners with a nightcrawler, Triple Teasers, Dick Nites, Flatfish or Kwikfish. Some of the best trout action occurs from March through May and September through mid-November.
Lake Stevens does have a fairly good reputation for its largemouth bass fishing, and it usually comes through with a few fish in the six to eight pound range every summer. Although most serious bass anglers release their catch, it’s okay to keep 1 bass a day, provided it’s at least 18″ long. Smallmouth are also available in fairly good numbers, and that alone should make this lake more popular with its Western Washington anglers.
Perch fishing is decent through the year, with lake giving up its fair share of perch in the foot-long range. Crappie fishing is best in the spring and fall.

2013 Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby May 18
This Derby is brought to you by the joint effort of the Lake Stevens Lion’s Club & the Snohomish Sportsman’s Club. All proceeds from this event remain in the community to help further the projects of the two organizations.
Largest Kokanee 1st Place – $1,000.00 Sponsored by Dick Nite Spoons. 2nd Place – $ 500.00 Sponsored by Ted’s Sports Center. 3rd Place – $ 250.00 Sponsored by John’s Sporting Goods. 4th Place – $ 100.00 Sponsored by Triangle Beverage. Largest Trout – $500.00 Sponsered by Trout Lodge. Biggest Kokanee Limit – (Up To 10 Kokanee) – $500.00 Sponsored by 3 Rivers Marine & Tackle. Largest Kokanee caught by a GAMEFISHIN.COM member – $100.00. Largest Kokanee caught by an Active Duty Military – $100.00, sponsored by GAMEFISHIN.COM

Kid’s Derby Prizes all sponsored by Greg’s Custom Rods
1st Place – $100.00 for Largest Kokanee, 2nd Place – $75.00 for any fish, 3rd Place – $50.00 for any fish
Tickets – $20.00 for Adults (15 & Over) Kids – Free (14 & Under)


Lacamas Lake


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



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




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.


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.



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.


Rules and Regulations

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


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!


A beautiful Brown Trout from Lake Lacamas


Lake Whatcom


Lake Whatcom is home to 13 species of fish. Among these are 6 native species including: Kokanee Salmon (non-anadromous form of Sockeye), Cutthroat Trout, Longnose Sucker, Peamouth Chub, Sculpin and Threespine Stickleback. 3 species have purposefully been introduced to the lake: Bluegill, Rainbow Trout, and Smallmouth Bass. There are 4 species that have been illegally introduced: Brown Bullhead, Large Mouth Bass, Pumpkinseed Sunfish and Yellow Perch.




Southeast of Bellingham.



Take Interstate 5 to Ballingham and then take exit 254 onto Iowa Street. Drive east on Iowa Street about a half mile to Yew Street and turn north (left). Turn east (right) on Alabama Strret and drive about a mile to Electric Avenue. Turn south (right) and go back to the Bloedel Donovan access area and boat ramp.



There are public launches on the west and east ends of the lake. The launch at the city park (Bloedel Donovan) in Bellingham at the west end of Lake Whatcom has multiple paved ramps, a dock and bathrooms. This is a busy park in the summertime for swimmers and water sports so expect lots of boats and people. All other amenities are in the city of Bellingham.



At 5,003 acres, Whatcom is the biggest as well as the deepest of the natural lakes in the county and, from a fish perspective, it continues to be one of the most troubled of area waters. Its once vaunted native cutthroat population is now an unknown quantity, and its famed kokanee face continued risk from Middle Fork Nooksack diversion-delivered diseases. General concerns about water quality and invasive plant and shellfish species also persist. And to add insult to injury, the smallmouth bass, perch and crawfish have been tabbed with state/county health advisories due to increased levels of mercury.

That said, enjoy trolling for kokanee or prospect casting in-shore for smallmouth bass. But, for their sake, release all cutthroat trout.

There’s also an open bass tournament slated for Whatcom on Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, sponsored by the local club, the Borderline Bassin’ Contenders.


Rules and Regulations

Season: Saturday, April 28, to Oct. 31
All Cutthroat must be released. Closed waters between Electric St. bridge and outlet. Due to high levels of mercury the department of health advises you to not eat any Smallmouth bass and limit your consumption of Yellow Perch to to one meal per week. Angling methods designed to take the deep-dwelling cutthroat (down-riggers, big spoons, herring strip) are banned by regulation.


Fishing Whatcom Lake

Smallmouth bass fishing has really taken off here on this big, deep lake on the outskirts of Bellingham. It has lots of smallies over two pounds and now and then gives up a smallmouth over 5 pounds. Although htese scrappy fish are found throughout the lake, the best smallmouth often occurs at the north end of the lake, from about Geneve Point northward. Crankbaits, a wide variety of plastic grub and tubes, and even spinnerbaits account for good smallmouth catches as do Grubs in dark colors like black, motor oil, greens fished on jig heads work especially well in the springtime. Cast these lures near structure or around pilings, sunken logs, etc.. The lake also provides fair to good fishing for largemouth bass, some of which top the 5 pound mark as seen below in the photograph.

Kokanee also draw lots of anglers to Whatcom, and it’s easy to understand why. Annual kokanee plants here are typically in the several millions, and the lake has long been used as a source of kokanee fry for other lakes throughout Washington. Trolling Wedding Ring spinners or Jewel Bead spinners , Needlefish, or a small Dick Nite spoon behind a gang trolls is effective, but stillfishing with white corn and other small baiots also take kokanee, which come on strong in late May and providing good fishing all summer. Those stillfishing benefit from the fact that chumming is allowed.

Kokanee anglers sometime hook and land one of the lake’s hefty cutthroat trout, some of which top 24 inches.

Perch fishing has dropped off somewhat in the last few years, but the lake still offers some large ones. Most are caught along the north shore and south end of the lake on worms.

A warming April is likely to bring the silvers on the bite early. The tried and true method of pulling of gang trolls through Agate Bay or the western basin in search of the silver hordes will yield first results.

Whatcom Lake Largemouth Bass


Fish Lake



Rainbow and Brown Trout, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, and Yellow Perch.

Northeast of Lake Wenatchee, near the town of Leavenworth.

Take U.S.2 over Stevens Pass or east from Wenatchee and turn north on Highway 207 about 14 miles northwest of Wenatchee. Stay on Highway 207 past the intersection of Highway 209 and over the river on the steel bridge, and then bear right at the Y. From there it’s a short distance to the lake, which is on the left.


The lake has no public boat launch ramp, but for a small fee, you can launch at the Cover Resort, which also has rental boats as pictured above, cabins, RV sites, and tent sites. There is a small Cafe with good food on U.S.2, just west of the Highway 207 intersection. Food, gas, tackle, and lodging are available in Leavenworth.

This is a 500 acre lake that has a reputation for trophy Brown Trout.

Rules and Regultions
See your Washington State fish and game rules and regulation pamphlet for up to date information. The lake is open year around, and boasts ice fishing in the winter.


Fishing Fish Lake
This 500-actre lake has a reputation for its trophy-class browns, some which top five pounds. Now and them some one lands a really big one, in the 8-10 pound range. As with any trophy fishery, it’s more complicated than going out, catching a couple of monsters, and going home. Trollers usually drap Rapalas and other minnnow-imitating pluga around for hours at a time between strikes, and the fly anglers who work the west end and north and south sides od the lake with various streamers and wet-flies typically go longer between one fish to the next. Of course, if the next fish turns out to be a 5 pounder, it’s always worth the wait and extra effort.
The rainbows are more cooperative and dependable than the browns. Spring trolling or drifting with the wind, using a small string of gang trolls ahead of a Wedding Spinner, Triple Teaser or a worm, may catch you a quick limit of fat 12 inchers. The rainbow fishery can be good almost all year, even during the winter, when anglers commonly catch nice fish through the ice.
Most anglers come to Fish Lake for the trout fishing, but if you stay more than a day and don’t try to catch a mess of perch, you’re missing out on some good eating. The perch are also in a biting mood throughout the year, and some anglers brave winter storms and icy roads just to fish them through the ice of January. Although always good eating, a yellow perch caught in the winter is the best of all, and when they run nine to 12 inches, as they do here, they’re almost worth risking your neck on treacherous highways.
The lake also offers largemouth and smallmouth bass, although numbers are’nt as good as they once where. But you still stand a chance of catching a big fish of either species.

Josh Kato caught this German Brown on a 7 wt fly rod on Fish Lake, September 19,2012. 28” 8 pounds.


Dave Graybill with two nice Triploids


Black River

Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass
Flows from Black Lake in Olympia, into the Chehalis River in Oakville in Grays Harbor County. The Black River drainage is approximately 144 square miles, with 105 square miles in Thurston County. In general, the Black River is a slow flowing river with a broad floodplain.
The Black River drainage is divided into two uniquely different halves. The west side drains the Capitol Forest area and the main tributaries are Dempsey, Waddell, and Mima creeks. This area ranges in elevation from 2,659 feet at Capitol Peak down to approximately 200 feet at the Black River valley floor.
The east side of the watershed drains the relatively flat area south of Tumwater, west of Offutt Lake and north of Tenino. The elevation difference of this area is approximately 200 feet. The main streams draining this side are Salmon and Beaver creeks and Bloom Ditch.
Take U.S.12 west of Interstate 5 at Ground Mound and turn north on Highway 12 (Little Rock Road) at Rochester to go urriver, or continue west on U.S.12 through Rochester to where the highway crosses the lower river.
Rough boat launches are located about 1.5 miles north of Little Rock (off 110th Avenue), two miles south of Little Rock (off Highway 121), two miles west of Rochester (off Moon Road), and a little over four miles west of Rochester (on the south side of the U.S.12 bridge). Food, gas, tackle, and lodging are available in and around Rochester.
Rules and Regulations:
The river has selective regulations which means artificial lures and flies only, with single barbless hooks. The same goes for Mimi Creek, Waddell Creek, Beaver Creek, Salmon Creek, Dempsey Creek, and Bloom Ditch, all of which are tributaries if the Black River. The season here opens June 1 through October.See your WDFG rules and regulations for updated restrictions.
Fishing the Black River:
This is one of the slowest, most gently moving streams in the Northwest, flowing nearly 30 miles from the south end of Black Lake to the Chehalis River with hardly a riffle along the way. It can be floated quite safely in a canoe or a small inflatable, and that’s how most anglers fish it. Most anglers fish for trout with spinning tackle or fly rods, but there are also bass in the river that probably made their way from Black Lake. Whether you fish for trout or bass you can’t use bait.