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Kress Lake
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Kress Lake is an old gravel pit acquired by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in 1981. It is a popular trout and warmwater fish lake. Catchable Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout are planted from January to May and then again in November.  The lake is open year round except closed the Monday before Thanksgiving, and reopened the Friday after Thanksgiving for the "Black Friday opener".  2000 rainbows at 1.25 lbs each will be planted for this event.

Channel Catfish were planted in 1998. The department has continued stocking Channel Catfish in subsequent years. Surplus adult hatchery Steelhead are occasionally also planted throughout the fall and winter. The pond has invasive Eurasian Milfoil making recreational fishing difficult at times. 

Landlocked salmon rules allow anglers to take surplus hatchery salmon, when available.This lake provides an excellent trout fishing opportunity from late fall through late spring.

A primitve boat  launch area is best suited for car-top boats; gasoline motors are not allowed. Kress provides some bank access with a trail going around the entire lake.

Sturgeon caught from this lake must abide by statewide regulations and be entered on the catch card with code "900".

 


Fishing Prospects Calendar

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PumpkinseedPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All month
Rainbow troutExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All month
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Species you might catch

Black crappie
Carp
Sculpin
Steelhead
Warmouth

Lake Information

Cowlitz County
Lake Acreage: 24.6
Elevation: 18 feet
Westside Washington

Lake Management Type
Mixed species - Trout emphasis

Sport Fishing Regulations & Seasons

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


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Two-Pole Fishing Allowed

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