Thomas Lake (Skamania County)

Thomas Lake is located in the west side of the Indian Heaven Wilderness. The lake contains eastern brook, rainbow, and cutthroat trout. Fish species are planted alternately each year by backpack as fingerlings. The lake has some shore access, but a float tube offers the best fishing opportunity. This lake is easily accessible for day hiking and fishing, but the area contains several other lakes close by too such as Kwaddis, Dee, Heather, and Eunice Lakes. Camp sites are available so a person could fish these lakes for several days. Lake is usually accessible by late May early June depending on snowmelt. Mosquitos can be quite bad until late summer.

Getting here:

To get to Thomas Lake you take trail #111 which starts at the Thomas Lake Trailhead off of Forest Road 65. It is an easy short hike on a well defined trail to the lake.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Skamania
Acreage: 11.00 ac.
Elevation: 4304 ft.
TRS: T06R08E SEC17
Center: 46.002985, -121.82933
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Fish stocking info

Release Location: THOMAS LK (SKAM)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Jul 17, 2012 Rainbow 1,000 66.1 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Aug 10, 2011 Eastern Brook Trout 997 97.8 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jul 21, 2010 Rainbow 1,001 100 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jul 21, 2009 Eastern Brook Trout 600 87 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jul 21, 2008 Rainbow 1,024 73 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jun 29, 2007 Eastern Brook Trout 514 107 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jul 12, 2006 Rainbow 1,200 62.1 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
May 28, 2005 Eastern Brook Trout 400 87 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jun 30, 2004 Rainbow 1,100 113 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jul 8, 2003 Eastern Brook Trout 1,000 72 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