Spearfish Lake

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Spearfish is a natural lake that was in existence before the construction of The Dalles Dam.The creation of The Dalles pool raised the water level in the lake.The Corp of Engineers operates the park.

Spearfish Lake, (22 acres) has been planted with rainbow since the 1950s. This lake is located just north of the Dalles Dam. This popular lake should provide good fishing on opening day for catchable-size rainbow trout, with some additional plants of larger rainbow trout broodstock and triploids. Shore access around the entire lake is excellent, with a boat ramp and adjacent park.  

The lake is lake is planted annually in late December-early January with several thousand catchable rainbow plus over a hundred broodstock rainbow to eleven pounds. 

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Good walking access is available around the lake.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Klickitat
Acreage: 17.00 ac.
Elevation: 192 ft.
Center: 45.628672, -121.131551
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: SPEARFISH LK (KLIC)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Dec 13, 2022 Rainbow 56 0.1 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jun 10, 2022 Rainbow 2,000 1.9 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jun 10, 2022 Rainbow 30 09 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jun 10, 2022 Rainbow 60 0.2 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
May 11, 2022 Rainbow 1,500 2.17 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Apr 15, 2022 Rainbow 3,100 2.2 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Mar 30, 2022 Rainbow 3,000 2.5 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jan 11, 2022 Rainbow 2,000 2.2 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jan 10, 2022 Rainbow 85 0.1 GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
Jun 8, 2021 Rainbow 2,042 2.22 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


Bluegill can be caught year-round, but fishing is best in the warm months of Summer. Fishing improves throughout the spring, peaking during the spawn in early-Summer. Fish move offshore into deeper waters through the fall as water temperatures cool making it more difficult to target them. Winter is the most difficult season in which to catch Bluegill, but persistent anglers can find them in schools of like-sized fish offshore.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

Brown bullhead

Fishing improves throughout the spring, peaking before the spawning period in May and June. Fishing may pick up in early Fall, followed by a decrease in action as waters cool. Winter is a difficult time to target this species.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year


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