Skookumchuck Reservoir

Rainbow trout and resident cutthroat trout are available in and above the reservoir, and steelhead and anadromous (sea-run) cutthroat below it. Check the regulations pamphlet for seasons and rules.

There is access to the river above the reservoir by timber company road from Vail, but the road is often gated shut. Motorized vehicle use is restricted in timber lands surrounding the reservoir and the upper watershed.

See Washington State Parks website for ADA accessibility  information.

Two-pole fishing is NOT allowed

Special fishing restrictions:

Shoreline access: Good - Hike-in throughout watershed

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Thurston
Acreage: 552.10 ac.
Elevation: 481 ft.
Center: 46.785449, -122.699039
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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