Seven miles northwest of the town of
Cle Elum. Fishing season is open year-round, but there are no boat launch
facilities after mid-summer due to excessive reservoir drawdown.
This large storage reservoir gets
light fishing pressure and is a fair producer of 9 to 15-inch kokanee, with trolling the most
effective technique. The lake is no longer stocked with kokanee, instead
there is a sockeye salmon restoration effort underway. The permanent
fishing regulations were changed in 2015. Kokanee/sockeye minimum size is 9
inches and maximum size is 15 inches to protect migratory sockeye smolts (less
than 9 inches) and adult sockeye (greater than 15 inches) holding in the lake
before fall spawning in the upper Cle Elum River. There is no minimum size for all
other trout species and kokanee/sockeye are included in the 5 [native] trout
daily limit (includes kokanee, rainbow and cutthroat trout).
The rule change also removed the
daily limit on non-native trout (lake, brown and eastern brook trout). The lake
supports a fair-to-good lake trout
(mackinaw) fishery and the WDFW encourages anglers to harvest all these
non-native trout species in order to
benefit juvenile sockeye salmon. Lake
trout up to 20 lbs. have been taken. Deep water trolling and jigging techniques
during the spring and early summer are effective.
Burbot are also
available. Check the regulations pamphlet for details.
There are US Forest Service boat
launch and camping facilities at the lake. (Also, see Washington State Parks
website for ADA accessibility information.
Fishing Prospects Calendar
Species you might catch