Vancouver Lake is a shallow water body that is popular for warmwater fishing. It has been dredged in the past in attempt to deal with water quality issues. The lake is affected by the tide and can fluctuate as much as two feet. The shallow water makes it difficult to get a boat around certain parts of the lake at lower tides.
The lake is located on the northwest side of Vancouver, It is a backwater area of the Columbia River. The flushing channel and surrounding area are closed for part of the year. Refer to the regulation pamphlet for details. Black and White Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Yellow Perch and Common Carp are abundant.
There is a commercial carp fishery on this lake during the spring and various times throughout the rest of the year. The WDFW boat ramp on the south end of the lake is accessed from LaFrambois Road. The Felida ramp near the north end has a better boat launch facility, but finding a channel into the lake from the north can be a challenge for large boats.
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