Bertha May Lake (Lewis County)

A shorter family-friendly hike leads to this small green-hued lake named Bertha May by early settler Peter Hershey for his 2 daughters. This lake can provide good fishing for medium size Rainbow Trout. Well established campsites are available and a large log "dock" offers expanded shore fishing for the sure-footed angler.

Getting here:

From Ashford on Hwy 706, drive ~2.4m east & turn right on Kernahan/Skate Creek Rd. In ~4.6m turn right on FS#84 and then in another 1.2m take FS#8410 - continue another 3.9m to trailhead #251. note: last portion of the road is badly washed out and negotiable for high clearance 4wd only - most should plan on parking lower down. Hike 1/4 mile to Pothole lake then another 1/2 mile uphill to Bertha May - 400' gain.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Lewis
Acreage: 19.20 ac.
Elevation: 4059 ft.
TRS: T14R07E SEC16
Center: 46.69847, -121.936355
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Fish stocking info

Release Location: BERTHA MAY LK (LEWI)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Nov 26, 2023 Rainbow 530 97 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
Nov 8, 2023 Rainbow 500 100 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
Aug 11, 2020 Rainbow 1,500 100 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
Aug 31, 2017 Rainbow 1,500 32 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
Sep 21, 2014 Cutthroat 540 180 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
Sep 4, 2014 Rainbow 1,500 28 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
Sep 13, 2011 Rainbow 1,519 22.5 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
Aug 27, 2008 Rainbow 1,530 25.5 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
Aug 30, 2005 Rainbow 1,500 15 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
Aug 15, 2005 Cutthroat 3,990 210 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

Fishing prospects calendar

Rainbow trout

Fishing success for Rainbow Trout is generally best in the spring when thousands of fish are stocked statewide, but they can be caught year-round in most waters with a little patience and persistence. Success remains high into June and gradually declines as water temperatures increase and fish move offshore to stay cool. Fish that escaped the spring harvest return to the nearshore areas in the fall as waters cool off. Some waters may also be stocked again in the fall further boosting catch rates.
Chart showing fishing prospects throughout the calendar year


Bertha May Lake
Photo by WDFW