Keechelus Lake

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Kittitas
Acreage: 2408.50 ac.
Elevation: 2521 ft.
TRS: T21R11E SEC12
Center: 47.326711, -121.351609
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Fish stocking info

Release Location: KEECHELUS LK (KITT)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
May 23, 2023 Kokanee 263,200 470 NACHES HATCHERY
May 18, 2022 Kokanee 259,000 350 NACHES HATCHERY
May 25, 2021 Kokanee 272,812 283 NACHES HATCHERY
Jun 9, 2020 Kokanee 131,100 114 NACHES HATCHERY
May 27, 2020 Kokanee 153,619 149 NACHES HATCHERY
Jun 18, 2019 Kokanee 119,305 107 NACHES HATCHERY
May 22, 2019 Kokanee 143,823 191 NACHES HATCHERY
Oct 17, 2018 Golden Trout 136 43 TOKUL CR HATCHERY
Jun 20, 2018 Kokanee 115,232 104 NACHES HATCHERY
May 29, 2018 Kokanee 140,000 200 NACHES 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

Westslope cutthroat trout

See chart for details.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year


The Kokanee fishery typically lasts from April-October before the adults leave the lake to spawn in tributaries starting in late-October and early-November. Fishing is best in the spring before they move into deeper water to avoid warming water temperatures, but they can be targeted throughout the summer in deeper offshore areas near the thermocline. There may be a slight uptick in some waters in the fall as adults return to shallower water and move near shore towards spawning tributaries.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year