March 24th Nahwatzel Lake Day Outing
March 24| Free
Nahwatzel Lake, Mason county. This lake lies near Shelton in the hills of the South Sound. It’s about 280 acres at 460 feet in altitude. Although the lake has development on three sides, ( what local water doesn’t ) it is undeveloped on the north, and the water quality is high. The lake has streams flowing into and out of the lake, into salt water. As a result, both resident and sea run cutthroat trout live here along with coho salmon and their tasty fry and smolts.
The state WDFW manages the lake as a winter fishery, so plants the lake heavily with large rainbow and brood stock in addition the the usual “squeezers”. Also a mixed fishery the rest of the year, so don’t be surprised by what you might catch. Keep in mind that this is still very early spring by any measure, and expect to do some probing with sinking lines and leech or beadhead wooley bugger type stuff. This is the explore and learn part. Find the weed beds, rocks and drop offs. You can check the WDFW web site and click on fish Washington, then freshwater, then Nahwatzel. You’ll get a topo map of the lake and directions how to get there.
Take your boat, sack lunch, raincoat, and a couple beers. Head out 101 toward Shelton and turn left on Shelton-Matlock road. The road runs along the south side of the lake, and past the boat launch.
Could be rainy, could be beautiful, nothing ventured, nothing gained. You might just learn a new favorite fishing spot. I will try to be at the launch by 8:30 or 9:00. Hope to see you there!