The fish in park lakes are nonnative—all here are survivors of previous stocking efforts that have long since subsided. As a result, there are no limits or restrictions to what you catch on the lakes, with the exception of Frozen, Reflection, Shadow and Tipsoo Lakes, which are all closed water. Within park streams, park officials ask that you use barbless hooks to protect native fish.
Fishing for bull trout and chinook salmon is prohibited, and there’s a six-pound limit for all other fish, not to exceed 12 fish. No fishing is allowed on Klickitat Creek above the White River entrance supply intake, Ipsut Creek above the campground water intake, and Laughingwater Creek above the Ohanapecosh intake. Only fly-fishing is allowed on Ohanapecosh.
No fishing license is required. The park’s lakes and ponds are ice-free from July to October; rivers, streams, and beaver ponds are usually fishable from late-May through late-October.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition