Horsethief Lake

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Horsethief has been planted with rainbow trout since the 1960s. Due to the fact that it is connected to the Columbia River, there is a wide variety of fish species that can be available to anglers. The lake is located in Horsethief State Park near Lyle between the Columbia River and Highway SR-14.

The lake is planted with thousands of catchable rainbow trout in spring, plus about 100 rainbow broodstock. Several thousand more catchable rainbow are planted before Memorial Day.

Horsethief Lake also contains largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, bullheads and an occasional walleye. A public boat launch, picnic, and camping facilities are available at the state park. A Discover Pass is required.Check with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission for park opening and closing dates.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good
Shore access is available in the park.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Klickitat
Acreage: 84.50 ac.
Elevation: 163 ft.
Center: 45.645527, -121.102979
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Fishing prospects calendar

Rainbow trout
  • January: No Opportunity
  • February: No Opportunity
  • March: No Opportunity
  • April: Excellent fishing - Second half of month
  • May: Excellent fishing - All month
  • June: Good fishing - All month
  • July: Fair fishing - All month
  • August: Poor fishing - All month
  • September: Poor fishing - All month
  • October: Poor fishing - All month
  • November: No Opportunity
  • December: No Opportunity


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