Kachess Lake

Situated just north of I-90, about five miles west of Cle Elum Lake. With a year-round open season, Kachess should be good for 8- to 12-inch kokanee by early June. Trolling or still fishing is effective and chumming is permitted.  Rainbows, cutthroat, and burbot are also taken. There is a 16-fish catch limit for kokanee in addition to a 2-fish, 12-inch minimum size trout daily limit.  The lake is peiodically stocked with kokanee and cutthroat fry.     

The lake is closed to fishing for bull trout; please carefully release any bull trout that are inadvertantly hooked.

This is a very popular lake with good camping and good boat launching area, but there is no late summer boat launching facility available due to excessive reservoir drawdown.  U.S. Forest Service capground and boat launching facilities.

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Species you might catch

Bull trout
Pygmy whitefish
Rainbow trout
Sucker, General
Westslope cutthroat

Lake Information

Kittitas County
Lake Acreage: 4,377.8
Elevation: 2,258 feet
Eastside Washington

Lake Management Type
Trout emphasis

Sport Fishing Regulations & Seasons

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

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Two-Pole Fishing NOT allowed

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