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 http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Food/Fish.
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