Keechelus Lake

Located just three miles southeast of Snoqualmie Pass along the south side of I-90, take the Hyak exit to the boat launch & parking area on the south side of the reservoir.  With a year round season, Keechelus should be good for 8 to 12 inch kokanee by early June.  Trolling or still fishing is effective and chumming is permitted.  Rainbows, cutthroat and burbot are also taken.  There is a 10 fish catch limit for kokanee in addition to a 2-fish 14-inch minimum size trout daily limit.  The lake is annually stocked with kokanee fry.  

The lake is closed to fishing for bull trout; please carefully release any bull trout that are inadvertently hooked.   There are no lake trout (mackinaw) in this lake.

Keechelus gets light fishing pressure, with poor boat launching after the reservoir is drawn down in late summer.  Caution should be taken if fishing during the winter months due to snow and ice conditions.  There is a Forest Service boat launch at the upper (southwest) end of the lake.

Two-pole fishing is NOT allowed

Shoreline access: Good
Good shoreline access around most of the reservoir off Hwy access roads and trails.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Kittitas
Acreage: 2408.50 ac.
Elevation: 2521 ft.
Center: 47.326711, -121.351609
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Fishing prospects calendar

  • January: Poor fishing - All month
  • February: Poor fishing - All month
  • March: Poor fishing - All month
  • April: Poor fishing - All month
  • May: Fair fishing - All month
  • June: Good fishing - All month
  • July: Good fishing - All month
  • August: Good fishing - All month
  • September: Fair fishing - All month
  • October: Poor fishing - All month
  • November: Poor fishing - All month
  • December: Poor fishing - All month