Mossyrock-- Turn right, at the service station, & go into the town of Mossyrock. About four blocks you will come to a T. (either right or left) Turn left and continue out of town for about 3 miles and you will come to Riffe Lake Campground.. There is a launch at the campground. Phone number for Riffe Lake Campground 241 Osborne Rd. 360-983-8122. The launch is on thru this campground & located on the SW end of it. The launch is blacktop with four lanes, and has a nice slope which enables you to back in and launch with a car, pick-up or even a motorhome. It also has a dock on both sides of the ramp, about 30 ft. long for passenger loading into the boat. This is usable most of the year, until they draw the water down in the fall & winter in anticipation of the spring rains. Water height to use the dock will have to be about 760', anything lower than that, it will be high and dry, the ramp is however still usable until the water level reaches about------feet. Below this height the gravel tapers off into mud & only recommended for smaller boats & a 4 wheel drive towing vehicle. This launch area has ample blacktop parking, restrooms, a fish cleaning station and very nice toilet.
During the week-ends in the summer months, there will be a sign at the launch stating that parking fee is $5.00.
The park also has a store with limited amounts of baits. But a word of advice, get bait and supplies before leaving Mossyrock. There is a store in town past the T on the right that carries tackle & can offer advise. There is no gas or anything like that available at the launch or park areas
The water level height can be obtained by calling Tacoma City Lights fishing hotline at 1-888-502-8690.
Kosmos -- There is another launch on the east side off Hiway 12, on -------road. This is located in a Sand Creek bed, and again if the water is too low it has its problems.
Taidnapam Park-- The
other ramp is located in Taidnapam Park. Phone number 360-497-7707. Go
right thru & past the entry gate (just tell them you are going to use the
launch). This has a concrete ramp, fish cleaning stations & restrooms.
The one thing on this ramp is that there is a major drop-off off the end.
It has a bumper at the lower end to stop a trailer from dropping over.
Word is that there is a 20' drop off here. Under these circumstances I
would not recommend trying to launch a large boat here unless you check it
out completely first. This ramp of course would also be not usable at a
real low water level i the late fall or winter.
A new launch is proposed by Tacoma City Light just east & near Taidnapam that will be more of a year around launch no matter the pool height.
Fish that are in the lake are silver trout, (essentially a landlocked Coho), with a size up to 20+. With the best fishing for them starting in the early spring. It has also been planted with landlocked Chinook salmon, brown trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and perch. And there has been some of the planted catfish from nearby Swafford Pond take up residency here also.
The local bass club puts on a bass derby here every May.
Fishing can be from the bank, or from a non-moving boat. Many still-fishermen use cocktail shrimp with a bit of Power-Bait. The shrimp is put in a micro-wave for a couple of minutes to toughen them up so they will stay on the hook better. Drop the bait to the bottom & then bring it up a few feet.
Boat fishermen usually troll. A depthfinder us usually needed to locate the depth of the fish., and then troll at that depth. Usually this depth is around 50 feet. You may be able to do this with a weight on your line or a diver. However many times you may need a down-rigger to achieve the desired depth.
Lures & rigging for the silvers & trout include--
Wedding ring spinner a small rubber squid
a small rubber squid
Some fishermen use a small snubber
on the line before the dodger when using the downrigger. This snubber is
then pierced a few times on the rear, & injected with a scent. The
thought here is the snubber acts as a scent reservoir & leaks the scent
out over a long period of time.
This lake is long, not overly wide
& usually calm, but can become white-capped if the wind picks up from the
West. If that happens, it is suggested that if you have a smaller boat,
that you try to follow the leaward shore back to a launch.
Spinyray fishermen will concentrate in the shallower eastern end areas. Baits can include crawfish colored crankbaits, grubs, jigs and any of the conventional tackle.
Bank Fishermen There are many places to bank fish on this lake, but probably the 2 most popular are at the upstream side of the dam right off Hiway 12. & the fishing bridge at the upper end of the lake near Taidnapam Park.
You will many times see eagles & ospreys on this lake
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