Chehalis River

Chehalis River, Harrison Mills

The Chehalis River is a beautiful 31km long river that runs from Chehalis Lake into the Harrison River through a steep windy valley. Most of the river is tough to access and requires a fairly difficult hike on the hills above. Accessing the river from these trails can be even harder, trying to navigate down rock faces can feel like your rock climbing, so its a good idea to bring a friend, just in case. But since the spots easy to access are generally packed during peak times its definitely worth the time to hike to a spot and chances are you will have the place to yourself. The easiest access to the River is south of Morris Valley road. There are two trails leading down one at the hatchery which offers parking daily from 8am to 4pm. The second is the Chehalis Fishing trail which follows the River and offers more access to the River. This river blows out very easily when it rains but clears up quickly. Water levels also rise fast and unexpectantly so use caution. In mid June a small run of Steelhead passes through and average 7lbs so light gear is ideal. Coho have a late run through this river starting in September through to December. In the winter a second run of Steelhead come through the river but it can be a difficult fish you have to catch the river at just the right time to get good water levels and clarity. There are also resident cutthroat and rainbows in this river as well.

June 28, 2013

My cousin Trevor and I headed up to Chehalis in the morning today and started our hike through the valley. We found a good pool to start at shortly up the river and fished for a while, had 2 fish on before landing one, a beautiful 30cm rainbow. We then decided to head up river and found another pool to fish from right after some rapids and had lots of bites and landed another rainbow but this one was much smaller then the first. We didn't see any steelheads in here nor did we catch any but all in all it was a beautiful day on the river. Water levels seemed a little high but it was crystal clear.

#4 Purple Alaskabou caught both the rainbows on this and all the hits were on this as well, self tied.
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November 1st, 2014

I decided to spend my birthday fishing the beautiful Chehalis River. With Rachel along my side we hIked a couple kilometres south of Morris Valley rpad. The weather couldn't be better and water conditions were great. After arriving to a nice run I started by casting the new R&B spoon in green and copper. On the Third cast bang I had a beautiful Chrome Coho on. It was a great fight and it turned out to be a hatchery fish. We continued to fish this run with some hits and a couple of spawned out fish but the Coho was definitly the highlight of the day.

November 9th 2014

Rachel, Dan and myself arrived at the Chehalis Ruver early morning and hiked into the lower river. After a short hike we arrived at a large pool where a couple other anglers were hooking into fish. Our freind Dan from Wholesale Sports Langley had instant success catching a nice wild Coho. Throughout the morning we hooked into a few ugly Chums but saw some nice Coho and even a Steelhead caught. With the heavy rain in the morning the River rose and the fishing died down a bit. Using Roe under a Float was the most successful method. 

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KLAUS | Reply 23.01.2020 03.44

I konw and love it Portland the best of Jamaica Frenchmans Cove did visit it about 20 times

keith | Reply 05.01.2016 19.02

Nice write up thanks. I gather you saw this. Shawnigan Lake same, and look at November.

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22.09 | 10:54

I was wondering if anyone could tell me what time of year these lakes usually freeze up?

12.08 | 08:30

Thanks for this info. And idea if this Lake has swimmers itch? We’re going with the kids and want to be prepared!

07.06 | 08:31

Is the nickel open?

06.06 | 13:34

give it a shot, caught a 1.5 pounder last summer. i used a frog and attacked thick cover

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