Merrill Lake was formed when lava flows from Mt. St. Helens blocked the stream valley. In the early 1930s the lake was planted with Eastern Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout and Yelowstone Cutthroat. Brown Trout were introduced in 1987 and have proved to be very successful.
This fly-fishing, catch-and-release-only lake is located north of Cougar near Mount St. Helens. It is open to fishing year-round, but action is usually slow and often inaccessible during the winter months due to snow. Merrill contains Coastal Cutthroat, Brown Trout to several pounds and some Rainbow Trout.
The lake was stocked in 2018 with catchable Rainbow Trout.
Two-pole fishing is NOT allowed
- Fly fishing only for this lake
Shoreline access: Good - Shore access is available as the water level drops during the spring.
Species you might catch
Acreage: 283.40 ac.
Elevation: 1524 ft.
Center: 46.094333, -122.324233
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Catchable fish plants
|Stock Date||Species||Number Released||Number of Fish Per Pound||Facility|
|Apr 24, 2018||Rainbow||1,500||2.5||MOSSYROCK HATCHERY|
|Apr 13, 2015||Brown Trout||2,000||2.8||VANCOUVER HATCHERY|
|Apr 18, 2013||Rainbow||224||0.7||TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL|
|Jul 5, 2011||Rainbow||2,145||3||MOSSYROCK HATCHERY|
|Apr 12, 2011||Rainbow||224||0.67||TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL|
|Apr 24, 2009||Rainbow||224||0.17||TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL|
|May 21, 2008||Rainbow||224||0.78||TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL|
|May 7, 1997||Brown Trout||2,970||2||VANCOUVER HATCHERY|