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Ward Lake
Photo of Ward Lake

This releatively deep lake is primarily managed for Riainbow trout and Kokanee.  Ward Lake is open the fourth Saturday in April through October 31st. The lake supports good harvest opportunity for hatchery rainbow trout 9-15" and kokanee up to 15" as well as naturally producing populations of largemouth bass, bluegill, cutthroat trout and rock bass.  Rainbow trout are typically caught trolling lures or still-fishing bait under a bobber.  Success targeting kokannee is found while fishing with downriggers or leaded line with a baited wedding ring or spoon.  Bank fishing includes the area around the boat launch on the East side of the lake and at Ward Lake Park on the South end.

The WDFW access has a boat launch and two toilets.

Fishing Prospects Calendar

KokaneeNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityGood fishing - 2nd half of monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Rainbow troutNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityExcellent fishing - 2nd half of monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - 2nd half of monthGood fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
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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
Largemouth bass
Rock bass

Lake Information

Thurston County
Lake Acreage: 66.1
Elevation: 162 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 Allowed

Access Sites / Boat Ramps on this Lake

WDFW Water Access Sites

Fish Plants & Stocking Reports