Located at Friends Landing near Montesano. Check the current regulations pamphlet for size and catch limits and information on salmon seasons. Some warmwater fish are present and there is opportunity for sea-run Coastal Cutthroat Trout. Coho salmon returning from a net-pen rearing project also provide recreational fishing opportunity in the fall. All wild Steelhead Trout must be released.
A public access with a rough boat launch is available, plus fishing platforms and a blacktop trail along or near the lakeshore. This is a redeveloped site with diverse recreational opportunities.
Boat and bank anglers should take into account tidal fluctuations similar to the Chehalis mainstem.
Two-pole fishing is NOT allowed
Shoreline access: Good - Good shoreline fishing access is available at various locations including two docks; however, access can be limited during low tidal flows.
Species you might catch
- Coastal cutthroat trout (resident)
- Coho salmon
- Golden trout
- Northern pikeminnow
- Rainbow trout
County: Grays Harbor
Acreage: 23.30 ac.
Elevation: 22 ft.
Center: 46.948508, -123.643972
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Fishing prospects calendar
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.
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.
Fishing success for Northern Pikeminnow increases in May and June as water temperatures increase, and generally peaks in late June, although fishing conditions can vary throughout the Columbia River. After a lull during the heat of summer, fishing success peaks again in late September-early October. Northern Pikeminnow congregate in rocky areas with fast currents near dams, islands, stream mouths, points, eddies, rows of pilings, and ledges or bars in the river. Sunrise, sunset, and night are generally the best fishing times. Studies show there are greater concentrations of Northern Pikeminnow in shallow water during low-light conditions.