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Lake Whatcom

Located just east of Bellingham. Open to fishing from the 4th Saturday in April to October 31. Fishing opportunities include kokanee, largemouth and smallmouth bass (smallmouth dominate), and yellow perch. Fishing for cutthroat trout is closed due to a decline in abundance caused by siltation from logging and urban activities in their spawning tributaries. Chumming is not permitted.

All tributaries and that portion of the lake between Electric Avenue Bridge and the outlet dam are closed to fishing at all times.

Boating access and other amenities are available at Bloedel Donovan Park (City of Bellingham), a WDFW access site (http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/water_access/), and a resort.

The Whatcom County Health and Human Services Department and Washington State Department of Health have issued this fish consumption advisory for Lake Whatcom: due to mercury contamination, women of childbearing age and children under six years of age should not eat any smallmouth bass, and should limit consumption of yellow perch to one meal a week. Contact Whatcom County Health and Human Services at (360) 676-6724, Washington Dept of Health, Office of Environmental Health Assessment at (877) 485-7316, or the DOH web site at www.doh.wa.gov/fish for more information.


Fishing Prospects Calendar

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
KokaneeNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityFair fishing - 2nd half of monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Largemouth bassNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityFair fishing - 2nd half of monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Smallmouth bassNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityGood fishing - 2nd half of monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Yellow perchNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityGood fishing - 2nd half of monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
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Fishing Expectation

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Type of Opportunity Full Month Full month 1st half of month only 1st half only 2nd half of month only 2nd half only No opportunity No opportunity

Species you might catch

Coastal cutthroat

Lake Information

Whatcom County
Lake Acreage: 4,923.6
Elevation: 312 feet
Westside Washington

Lake Management Type
Mixed species - Trout emphasis

Sport Fishing Regulations & Seasons

Emergency Rule Updates
Fishing closures and openings happen constantly throughout the year. The E-Rules keep you up-to-date.


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Two-Pole Fishing NOT allowed

Access Sites / Boat Ramps on this Lake

WDFW Water Access Sites

Other Lake Access

Fish Plants & Stocking Reports