Here’s the Catch: Fishing in Lake Chelan

The rooms are homey, the people are convivial, and the lake is sublime. What’s the catch? Well, as it turns out, there are quite a few when you go fishing in Lake Chelan! It’s a lake that stretches nearly 50 miles and it sits adjacent to our lodge. But while we know the ins and outs of the clear blue waters, you’ll want to check the Department of Fish and Wildlife pamphlet for license requirements as well as size and catch limits.


Often referred to as the sockeye salmon, the Kokanee are rich throughout Lake Chelan. Optimal timing for a catch from this population is anywhere between mid-April through June. This anadromous species can be found in areas ranging from 45 to 150 feet deep.

Lake Trout

Native to our colder waters, the Lake Trout is wildly alluring if you’re looking to snag a trophy catch. Head toward deeper waters if you’re itching for one of boastful proportions – 120 to 170 feet is best.

Westslope Cutthroat

The Westslope Cutthroat is one of three subspecies of Cutthroat Trout in Washington. Measuring 8 to 12 inches, this swimmer has distinctive red slash marks on each side of the lower jaw. The largest catch of cutthroat in the state weighed in at 4.71 pounds back in 2006. Think you can beat it?

Other Fish

Hooked on this hobby? You may find a few other fish on the end of your line during a leisure day on the water including, but not limited to, Burbot, Largemouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Tench, and many more. Visit when to start the fun today!
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