Swift Reservoir is located twenty-eight miles northeast of Woodland, on the south side of Forest Road 90. A public boat launch at Swift Forest Camp, managed by PacifiCorp, has two concrete ramps. There is a fee to launch on weekends. When the reservoir is drawn down, the water level drops below the end of the launch. Call PacifiCorp at (800) 547-1501 for reservoir level information.
During April and May fish tend to congregate near the dam and around streams entering the reservoir. By June, trout should be dispersed throughout the reservoir. Landlocked salmon rules apply with a 15" maximum size on salmon.
Selective gear rules are in effect in the upper portion of the reservoir; check the regulation pamphlet for boundaries.
Shore access is limited.
All bull trout and Dolly Varden must be released.
Two-pole fishing is NOT allowed
Shoreline access: Good - shore access is available along the campground and below Eagle Cliff Bridge.
Species you might catch
Acreage: 4585.40 ac.
Elevation: 1012 ft.
Center: 46.054388, -122.110115
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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.