Outdoors Blog

Ross Lake open for the fishing season

Ross Lake, Seattle City Light's largest North Cascades hydroelectric reservoir, opened Tuesday July 1 for the annual four-month fishing stint .

Its native rainbow trout are the main angling quarry though federally protected bull trout also are emerging as more often caught specimens.

Anglers may keep a combination of three rainbow, cutthroat or eastern brook trout per day but all the native char brought to hand must be released unharmed.

The most convenient access to the 24-mile long reservoir is at either end coming in from British Columbia via the Silverhope Road or in the south from the North Cascades Highway.

Overnighting at developed campgrounds on either side of the border at the north end is free and on a first-come, first-served basis while along the lake shore free back-country camping permits are required to use the formal sites. A third multi-day stay option is found at the south end's floating resort.

Ross Lake Resort has much-sought after comfortable accommodations including hostel style bunkhousing. The privately run business rents boats and canoes, sells fishing licenses, boat gas and some fishing tackle, but you must bring all the food you need.

Resort information can be found on line at rosslakeresort.com or by calling 206 386-4437.

Ross Lake National Recreation Area information is available on line at http://www.nps.gov/noca/index.htm or by calling 360 854-7200.