Horsethief Lake

Horsethief has been planted with rainbow trout since the 1960s. Due to the fact that it is connected to the Columbia River, there is a wide variety of fish species that can be available to anglers. The lake is located in Horsethief State Park near Lyle between the Columbia River and Highway SR-14.

The fishing season is the last Saturday in April to October 31st. The lake is planted with thousands of catchable rainbow trout for the opener, plus about 100 rainbow broodstock.   Several thousand more catchable rainbow are planted before Memorial Day.

Horsethief Lake also contains largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, bullheads and an occasional walleye.A public boat launch, picnic, and camping facilities are available at the state park.A Discover Pass is required.Check with the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission for park opening and closing dates.

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Species you might catch

Black crappie
Brown bullhead
Largemouth bass
Northern pikeminnow
Sucker, General
White crappie
White sturgeon
Yellow perch

Lake Information

Klickitat County
Lake Acreage: 84.5
Elevation: 163 feet
Eastside Washington

Lake Management Type
Mixed species - 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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