CONFIRMED Black Lake in Ilwaco, Washington, Stocked with 100 Winter Steelhead


Calling all fishing enthusiasts! Black Lake in Ilwaco, Washington, has just received a boost that promises an incredible opportunity for both residents and visitors alike. We have confirmed with WDFW Region 6 Hatchery Operations Manage Rob Allen that the lake has been stocked with a generous supply of 100  steelhead from the Nassell Hatchery, providing an excellent chance for some thrilling stillwater fishing.

Living on the peninsula or just visiting? This is your golden ticket to a unique angling experience. Stillwater fishing, as opposed to river fishing, offers a different and equally exciting opportunity. Black Lake, with its freshly stocked steelhead, is set to become a hotspot for those seeking the joy of fishing in a serene stillwater setting.

Last year, we had the privilege of participating in this fishery. We found that using heavy, jig-oriented flies near deeper sections of the lake was the golden ticket. We fished out of kayaks but this fishery is one that can be accessed from multiple docks and along the shoreline. The combination of the challenging fight from the steelhead and the tranquility of the lake made it an absolute blast for anglers of all levels.

What makes stillwater fishing at Black Lake even more appealing is its resilience to the elements. When the river is blown out due to excess rain, rendering it unfishable, Black Lake remains a viable and exciting fishing destination. Don't let adverse weather conditions dampen your fishing spirits – head to Black Lake for a reliable and enjoyable angling experience.

So, whether you're a seasoned angler looking for a new challenge or a beginner eager to dip your toes into the world of fishing, Black Lake is calling. Grab your gear, pack your kayak, and don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to reel in some Winter steelhead.

Additionally just outside of town Radar Lakes were stocked with 25 Steelhead each!

The time is now – get out there and catch one today! Tight lines and happy fishing!

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