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Fly Fishing The Skookumchuck River  
The Skookumchuck River is located in West Central
Washington, and is a tributary of the Chehalis River.
The river starts from several small tributaries in the
Snoqualmie National Forest at the foothills of the

The Skookumchuck Dam blocks the upstream migration
of fish. Just about all the fish are hatchery planted. High
numbers of winter steelhead smolts are released below
the dam each year providing a good return. Cutthroat
trout are also stocked. There are also a few sea-run
cutthroats that come into the river.

This is a relatively short stream below the dam to its
confluence with the Chehalis River and during the
prime winter run of steelhead, the best areas that hold
fish get crowded. You will be much better off if you can
fish during the week. The fishing is well worth the time
but be prepared to see plenty of other guys fishing.
The area just below the dam is best. The best months
are March and April but the fish start returning much

There are plenty of cutthroat and the best fly fishing
opportunities for them takes place in October and
November. They can be caught during other months as
well. There are both stocked cutthroat that remain in
the river and sea-run cutthroat. There are also some
wild cutthroats and a few wild steelhead. All wild fish
much be released.

Varies with species and area of the river - make sure
you see the current special regulations
Resident cutthroat trout can be caught during the
Sea-run cutts start entering the river as early as
August. Resident cutthroat are also available during
the Summer..
Fall is the best time to fish for the sea-run and resident
cutthroat trout.
Winter run steelhead enter the river as early as
December but the best fishing takes place March and
Type of Stream

Steelhead (Winter Run)
Sea-run Cutthroat
Resident Cutthroat


West Central Washington

Nearest Towns

Varies by species and area of the


Non-Resident License
State of Washington

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Skookumchuck River Fishing Report:
02/06/14 Relief is on the way. There is lots of rain and
snow in the forecast and steelhead fishing should
improve in the near future. There has only been a few
fish caught up until now.
3/21/14 We are sorry we are slow providing this report.
As probably everyone knows, the recent rains has
brought plenty of fish in the rivers but were high for a
while. They are now down and fishing conditions are
very good. Steelhead are being caught. More rain is in
the forecast but watch for it to fall and fish soon
afterwards it starts dropping. Our customers are using
both nymphs and swinging flies. The larger
Spey flies
were working good also.
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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04/10/14 Stream levels are fine and some steelhead
are still being caught.
10/25/14 We will resume the fishing reports in December..
12/05/14 Large Coho are in the river and a few are being
caught by those anglers targeting them.
The season is closed until June 1st, 2016. Send us an
email and let us help you plan that next trip.