Coastal Cutthroat Trout in Washington’s Lower Lakes
By Jai Colvin
Cutthroat trout are some of the best catches this time of the year. Anglers seek out these fun fish all throughout Washington, and knowing where they are is key to planning great fishing trip. The stocking of coastal cutthroat is an important part of keeping the recreational fishing for them strong. We did some research and discovered just where these bad boys have been stocked recently. So, looking for stocked coastal cutthroat? Here’s were to head… (note – some of these places were last stocked in 2013; however, this ensures that you can catch the big ones.)
Located about four miles north of Sappho, along the east side of Highway SR-113. There is a rough launch area, suitable mainly for car-toppers. This small lake is good for six to 10 inch coastal cutthroat, with an occasional 12 to 15 incher. Yellow perch and a few largemouth bass are also present.
Other lakes sporting cutthroat in this county include…
Dickey Lake, Lake Pleasant, Lake Sutherland, Wentworth Lake
Battle Ground Lake
Located inside Battle Ground Lake State Park about 2 miles northwest of the city of Battle Ground, off of Heisson Road,
thousands of rainbow trout and coastal cutthroat trout are stocked during late winter through spring. The lake is open year-round, and for access offers limited bank access and a dock. Grass carp have been stocked in this lake as well. Be sure to check WDFW regs on grass carp fishing.
Other lakes with cutthroat trout stocking are…
Klineline Pond and Yale Reservoir
Merrill Lake was formed when lava flows from Mt. St. Helens blocked the stream valley. In the early 1930’s the lake was planted with eastern brook trout, rainbow trout and Yellowstone cutthroat. This fly-fishing, catch-and-release-only lake is located north of Cougar near Mount St. Helens. It’s open to fishing year-round. This lake is stocked annually with rainbow, browns, and brooks.
Grays Harbor County
Anglers should find good fishing for stocked 10 to 12 inch rainbow trout, and some opportunity for resident coastal cutthroat trout. Jumbo rainbow trout reared through a cooperative project with Chehalis Basin Fisheries Task Force and WDFW that average 4 to 6 pounds each are planted into Failor Lake.
Other lakes to fish for cutthroat in this county are…
Lake Aberdeen, Quigg Lake, Sylvia Lake, Wynoochee Lake
Admiralty Bay PD – E
This is one of two ponds adjacent to the beach facing Admiralty Inlet on the southwest side of Whidbey Island. Coastal cutthroat trout fry are stocked annually in the spring.
Other spots where you can find stocked cutthroat in this country are…
Admiralty Bay PC – W, Deer Lake and Lake Goss
Teal Lake is a quality trout water stocked with larger rainbow trout and coastal cutthroat trout each spring. It also receives a plant of one pound rainbow in the fall. Teal is surrounded by forest and access is strictly carry in float tube, brushy shoreline or fishing from a small dock.
Another lake where you will find stocked cutthroat in Jefferson County is…
Stocked rainbow trout and native coastal cutthroat trout are primarily targeted at Cottage Lake. Additional fishing opportunities include Yellow perch, largemouth bass, black crappie, and brown bullhead.
Other lakes that offer stocked cutthroat are…
Deep Lake, Fish Lake, Lake Dolloff, Lake Margaret, Lake Sammamish, Lake Sawyer, Lake Union, Lake Washington, Langendorfer Lake, Larsen Lake, Moss Lake, Peterson Lake, Sunday Lake
Island Lake enjoys a year-round open season. The lake is stocked in the spring with catchable-size 10 to 12 inch rainbow trout. Fishing for largemouth bass is also available.
Other waterways to discover stocked cutthroat are…
Long Lake, Wildcat Lake
Located on the north side of Highway US-12 about 2.5 miles east of Morton, this 18-acre lake is stocked with 1,250 catchable-size rainbow trout in late April.
Other lakes that are stocked in this county are…
Lake Scanewa, Mayfield Lake, Mineral Lake, Riffle Lake, South Lewis County Park Pond
Cady Lake is a premier fly fishing water with rainbow trout up to 30 inches, as well as stocked cutthroat. However, this lake gets fished heavily, and with catch and release it can be challenging to hook up at times. The lake is surrounded by forest.
Other Mason County Lakes that offer stocked cutthroat are…
Deveraux Lake, Isabella Lake, Lake Cushman, Lake Wooten, Lost Lake, Melborne Lake, Nahwatzel Lake, Price Lake, Spencer Lake, Tee Lake, Tiger Lake, Trails End Lake, Twin Lake – Big, Wood Lake
Alder Reservoir is open year-round and offers good harvest opportunity for stocked kokanee and cutthroat. The reservoir also supports naturally reproducing populations of coastal cutthroat, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, black crappie, white crappie, and brown bullhead catfish.
San Juan County
This lake is located in Moran State Park on Orcas Island, 3.5 miles southeast of East Sound. Stocked rainbow trout and cutthroat are abundant. Shoreline access, a trailer boat launch at Midway Campground, and boat rentals are available.
Other lakes that offer stocked cutthroat are…
Beaver Lake is 3.5 miles south of Sedro Wooley, just south of Clear Lake and a mile east of Highway SR-9. Angling opportunities include resident largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, and coastal cutthroat trout.
Other lakes in Skagit that offer cutthroat angling are…
Big Lake, Clear Lake, Lake Campbell, Lake Cavanaugh, Lake McMurry, Lake Shannon, Pass Lake, Whistle Lake
Goose Lake is a popular mountain lake for trout, eastern brook, brown trout, rainbows, and coastal cutthroat. Catchable size cutthroat, rainbow, and brown trout are stocked annually. Fishing is best from a small boat, float tube, or raft.
Another lakes that offers stocked cutthroat here is…
Swift Power Canal
Located on the county line between Snohomish and King Counties, just west of I-5, the angling opportunities include stocked rainbow trout and coastal cutthroat trout, largemouth bass, and Yellow perch. Black crappie and bullhead catfish are also present. A boat ramp, parking, toilets and a fishing pier are available on the northeast shore.
Some of the other fishing spots for stocked cutthroat are…
Blackman’s Lake, Bosworth Lake, Cassidy Lake, Chitwood Lake, Crabapple Lake, Hanson Lake, Jay Lake, Kelllogg Lake, Lake Dorothy, Lake Goodwin, Lake Howard, Lake Julia, Lost Crappie Lake, Lost Devil’s Lake, Lost Lake, Shaw Lake, Smelling Lake, Spada Lake, Storm Lake, Temple Pond
Offut Lake is open year-round. Sport fishing is good for stocked rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and the occasional brown trout. The lake also supports naturally reproducing largemouth bass, yellow perch, and brown bullhead catfish.
Thurston also offers stocked cutthroat at…
Skookumchuck Reservoir, Summit Lake, Ward Lake
Whatcom County cutthroat trout Stocking
Located in Bellingham in Lake Padden Park, this lake has some of the best shore access in western Washington and is a wonderful place to bring the kids for safe shoreline fishing. Fishing opportunities include stocked rainbow trout, coastal cutthroat trout, and kokanee and resident largemouth bass.
Whatcom also offers stocked cutthroat at…
Lake Samish, Lake Terrell, Lake Whatcom, Silver Lake, Squalicum Lake
Be sure to check regulations at WDFW