Drano Lake Fishing Guides
Why go on a Drano Lake guided fishing trip? Because, ask anyone in the Pacific northwest that has fished on the Columbia River, what the best tasting salmon is. If they know anything about salmon, the answer is simple, Drano Lake Springers. To rephrase it, there is no better. The Drano Lake & Wind River fishery is a staple amongst our fishing guides. Furthermore, we are happy to share some tips and techniques to enhance your catching. Drano lake is a fabulous fishery and easily accessible for just about every type of boat. Just a little word of caution, the Columbia River Gorge is known for strong winds and heavy boat traffic.
Drano Lake & Wind River Location
Drano Lake is an impoundment separated from the Columbia River by railroad tracks and highway 14. Located in Skamania County, Washington and just miles upstream of Stevenson Washington. Drano was once a back bay off the Columbia until the railroad closed off the mouth and introduced train tracks in the late 1800’s. Inevitably, backwater from Bonneville dam would fill the lake and flood the last few miles of the Little White Salmon River. This backwater is now considered one of the finest springer fisheries we have in the Pacific Northwest. Drano Lake was born, and the rest is history. Learn about the Little White Salmon Fish Hatchery
Returning Chinook to Drano Lake & Wind River
The lower part of the Columbia typically closes early April. A 1 fish limit is common in the mainstream Columbia, Snake and Clearwater river and expect to have restrictions on hooks, rods and areas. However, Drano often allows a 2 fish limit, 2 pole endorsement, and allows party fishing. Down years on much of the river, brings early closures and sometimes never opening at all. Drano Lake still produces enough fish “only” if it is a 1 fish limit. The Drano Lake Spring Chinook will traditionally start trickling into the lake by April 1st and peak in early May. On certain years, fishing can continue to be good all the way through the month of June.