Lake Scanewa

Originally known as Cowlitz Falls Reservoir, this 610-acre impoundment is located about 10 crow miles southwest of Randle. Turn on Savio Road west of Randle, turn south onto Kiona Road for 1.9 miles, then turn west (right) onto Falls Road for 3.6 miles to a turnoff for the day use area. For the campground, skip the turn onto Falls Road and continue on Kiona Road, which turns into Peters Road.

Lewis County PUD stocks catchable-size rainbow trout. Salmon and steelhead in excess of hatchery needs are often released here to provide additional fishing opportunity. Be sure to check the latest Fishing Rules Pamphlet for special trout and salmon regulations. Note that all cutthroat trout must be released during all open seasons.

Two-pole fishing is NOT allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Limited.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Lewis
Acreage: 399.40 ac.
Elevation: 829 ft.
Center: 46.474736, -122.090887
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: LAKE SCANEWA (LEWIS)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Jun 26, 2023 Rainbow 1,000 2.5 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jun 26, 2023 Rainbow 100 0.33 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jun 13, 2023 Rainbow 1,000 2.5 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jun 13, 2023 Rainbow 100 0.33 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

Coastal cutthroat trout (resident)

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.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year