Lake Sylvia

2024 Trout Derby

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Good spring, early summer and fall fishing for 9- to 10-inch Rainbow Trout, with larger rainbows and some resident Coastal Cutthroat Trout available. The first fish stocking typically occurs in mid to late March. Jumbo Rainbow Trout reared through a cooperative project with Chehalis Basin Fisheries Task Force and WDFW that average 4-6 pounds each are also planted in the lake.

A single-lane boat ramp is available at Lake Sylvia State Park. Internal combustion motors are prohibited. See Washington State Parks website for ADA accessibility  information.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - State park provides good shoreline access along picnic and campground areas plus along the boardwalk and bridge crossings.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Grays Harbor
Acreage: 28.40 ac.
Elevation: 124 ft.
Center: 46.996263, -123.595356
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: SYLVIA LK (GRAY)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Jun 4, 2024 Rainbow 250 0.33 SATSOP SPRINGS PONDS
May 22, 2024 Rainbow 850 2.3 LK ABERDEEN HATCHERY
May 21, 2024 Rainbow 200 0.3 LK ABERDEEN HATCHERY
May 16, 2024 Rainbow 100 0.33 SATSOP SPRINGS PONDS
May 7, 2024 Rainbow 1,000 2.6 LK ABERDEEN HATCHERY
May 6, 2024 Rainbow 350 0.33 LK ABERDEEN HATCHERY
Apr 26, 2024 Rainbow 160 0.33 SATSOP SPRINGS PONDS
Apr 24, 2024 Rainbow 1,000 2.8 LK ABERDEEN HATCHERY
Apr 23, 2024 Rainbow 200 0.37 LK ABERDEEN HATCHERY
Mar 27, 2024 Rainbow 200 0.33 SATSOP SPRINGS PONDS

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

Largemouth bass

Fishing improves throughout the spring as waters warm and fish move onshore, peaking during the spawn. Summer is a slight lull though dawn/dusk hours can be very good. Catch improves in Fall as waters cool, vegetation begins to die back, and prey becomes more available. Winter is the hardest time because fish are offshore and slow moving.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

Yellow perch

Yellow Perch can be caught year-round. Fishing is best in the summer after they finish spawning in April-May. Fish can be readily angled through the summer from both the shore and boat. Catch begins to decline in the fall as water temperatures cool and fish move offshore forcing anglers to pursue them in boats. Successful fishing for Yellow Perch in the winter involves either targeting schools in deep water from boats or through the ice.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year