Fishing Lakes in Washington

Fishing Lakes in Washington
The state of Washington has many lakes where anglers may choose to fish. Most of these lakes do have an open and closed season for fishing and the angler should always check the regulations that cover each body of water. Washington lakes offer a variety of species for an angler to target, with trout, crappie and salmon among the most sought after.

Eastern Lakes

Spokane County in central far eastern Washington has lakes such as Amber, Chapman and Eloika Lake. Stevens County in northeastern Washington has lakes that include Deep, Deer and Loon Lake. The former Mill Creek Reservoir in Walla Walla County, now called Bennington Lake, offers year-round fishing for trout and other species. Coffeepot Lake in Lincoln County has special gear rules that anglers observe while fishing. Fish Trap Lake on the Lincoln/Spokane County border is another fishing lake in eastern Washington. The extreme northeastern country of Pend Oreille has many lakes for its size, with Chain, Cooks and Big Meadow Lake just three of them.


Central Lakes

Okanogan County is one of the state's largest and contains many lakes where fishermen enjoy the waters. Conconully Lake and the Conconully Reservoir are two that have seasons from April to the end of October. Pearrygin, Alta and Spectacle Lake allow fishing in this northern county. The south-central county of Yakima is another big county and home to the seven I-82 ponds, a series of gravel pits turned ponds along Interstate 82. The fish species in these ponds include pumpkinseed, crappie and brown trout along with bass. Fish Lake in the centrally located Chelan County is a trout lake. Chelan Lake is a large lake that has kokanee in its waters.

Western Lakes

Whatcom Lake in Whatcom County is a popular fishing lake in Washington state but does have portions not available to anglers. Silver Lake is another lake in that area that anglers often head to fish. Beaver, Green and Angle Lakes in King County attract anglers as does Aberdeen Lake in Grays Harbor County in northwestern Washington. Silver Lake in the southwestern Cowlitz County is a haven for crappie fishermen. Pierce County, which Puget Sound coming down from the north divides into sections in its northwest corner, has such outstanding lakes as Tapps, Spanway and American Lake for anglers to enjoy. Cascade Lake on San Juan Island County off the northwest mainland of the state is in Moran State Park.


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