Council Lake (Skamania County)

Council Lake is a drive up mountain lake on the north west flank of Mt. Adams.  It has a U.S. Forest Service campground.  It is stocked annually with catchable rainbow trout, but also contains eastern brook, brown trout, and cutthroat trout.

The lake is open year round to fishing.  But lake access is usually blocked by snow until late spring/early summer.  Access is again blocked by snow around mid-November.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Skamania
Acreage: 43.70 ac.
Elevation: 4225 ft.
TRS: T09R09E SEC13
Center: 46.266702, -121.629467
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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

Fish stocking info

Rainbow trout
Year Quantity
1744
1947
3073
3044
3068
3300
3367
7000
2059
1099
5892
4503
3768
4109
4298
4165
3315
4099
4100
Brown trout
Year Quantity
1424
1035
2360
Brook trout
Year Quantity
3636
2520
Cutthroat trout
Year Quantity
1665