Cushman Lake offers a year-round open season. This North Fork Skokomish River impoundment is a natural lake enlarged by a dam. Caution has to be taken in some areas due to stumps and other sunken debris. No rainbow trout are stocked into this lake. It does offer kokanee fishing in the summer and good late-season cutthroat fishing.
Two-pole fishing is NOT allowed
Shoreline access: Good - extenisve access along western shore but best fished by boat
Species you might catch
Acreage: 4014.60 ac.
Elevation: 739 ft.
Center: 47.487901, -123.2669
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Fishing prospects calendar
Fishing is best for Coastal Cutthroat in the spring and fall. There is a summer lull as fish move offshore into deeper waters to escape the summer heat in July and August. Catch is lowest in the late-winter while adults are spawning in tributary streams.
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.