Is Drano Lake Open for Salmon Fishing Now?

Drano Lake has been the go-to spot for salmon fishing in the Columbia River Gorge for generations. It’s a picturesque lake, full of lush vegetation and wildlife, and it’s home to some of the best salmon fishing in the Northwest. But is Drano Lake open for salmon fishing now?

The answer is a bit complicated. Drano Lake is part of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, which is managed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).

This means that access to the lake is regulated by the USFS, which typically limits fishing activities within its boundaries to catch-and-release only. In other words, you can’t keep any of your catch.

That said, there are still opportunities to fish for salmon on Drano Lake if you have a valid fishing permit from the State of Oregon or Washington. In addition, some areas of Drano Lake may be open to anglers during certain times of year (such as spring Chinook and fall Coho seasons), but these areas are usually restricted to certain areas and require special permits.

The best way to know if Drano Lake is open for salmon fishing now is to check with local fisheries offices in Oregon or Washington before visiting. They can provide up-to-date information on what areas are open and what permits are needed.


In summary, while Drano Lake may not always be open for salmon fishing, anglers do have opportunities to fish there with proper permits from either Oregon or Washington State. In order to get accurate information on whether or not it’s currently open for salmon fishing, it’s best to check with local fisheries offices before visiting.

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Daniel Bennet