Cle Elum Lake

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 8- to 12-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 and there may be additional emergency regulations issued to protect adult sockeye during the summer/fall (check with Yakima Regional office for updates).

The lake supports a burgeoning lake trout (mackinaw) fishery and the WDFW encourages anglers to harvest these non-native exotic fish in order to benefit native sockeye salmon and bull trout populations in the area. Lake trout up to 20 lbs have been taken. Deep water trolling and jigging techniques during the spring and early summer are effective. The lake has a 12-inch minimum size limit, two fish daily limit for trout.

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. 

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Species you might catch

Brook trout
Mountain whitefish
Rainbow trout
Sockeye salmon
Sucker, General
Westslope cutthroat

Lake Information

Kittitas County
Lake Acreage: 4,566.3
Elevation: 2,227 feet
Eastside Washington

Lake Management Type
Trout emphasis

Sport Fishing Regulations & Seasons

Emergency Rule Updates
Fishing closures and openings happen constantly throughout the year. The E-Rules keep you up-to-date.

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Two-Pole Fishing Allowed

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Fish Plants & Stocking Reports