Keechelus Lake

Located just three miles southeast of Snoqualmie Pass along the south side of I-90, take the Hyak exit to the boat launch & parking area on the south side of the reservoir.  With a year round season, Keechelus should be good for 8 to 12 inch kokanee by early June.  Trolling or still fishing is effective and chumming is permitted.  Rainbows, cutthroat and burbot are also taken.  There is a 16 fish catch limit for kokanee in addition to a 2-fish 12-inch minimum size trout daily limit.  The lake is annually stocked with kokanee fry.  

The lake is closed to fishing for bull trout; please carefully release any bull trout that are inadvertantly hooked.

Keechelus gets light fishing pressure, with poor boat launching after the reservoir is drawn down in late summer.  Caution should be taken if fishing during the winter months due to snow and ice conditions.  There is a Forest Service boat launch at the upper (southwest) end of the lake.

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Species you might catch

Bull trout
Pygmy whitefish
Rainbow trout
Sucker, General
Westslope cutthroat

Lake Information

Kittitas County
Lake Acreage: 2,408.5
Elevation: 2,521 feet
Eastside Washington

Lake Management Type
Trout emphasis

Sport Fishing Regulations & Seasons

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Fishing closures and openings happen constantly throughout the year. The E-Rules keep you up-to-date.

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Two-Pole Fishing NOT allowed

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