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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Fish stocking info

Release Location: COUNCIL LK (SKAM)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Jun 11, 2019 Rainbow 3,367 2.6 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Nov 1, 2018 Rainbow 7,000 14 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jun 26, 2018 Rainbow 1,099 2.34 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jun 26, 2018 Rainbow 2,059 2.34 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Sep 18, 2017 Rainbow 1,000 1.1 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jul 11, 2017 Rainbow 3,337 2.5 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jun 27, 2016 Rainbow 4,362 2.17 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jun 30, 2015 Rainbow 3,621 1.79 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jun 24, 2014 Rainbow 3,317 2.15 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Sep 17, 2013 Cutthroat 1,665 333 GOLDENDALE 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