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FISH WASHINGTON
Lake Washington
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Open to fishing year-round, this large lake between Seattle and Bellevue holds dozens of fish species, but the principal game fish attractions are Coastal Cutthroat Trout  (trolled deep), a few Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass (smallmouth dominate), Yellow Perch, and Black Crappie. Note that there are several zone-fishing closures along the floating bridges, and a minimum size regulation to protect juvenile Steelhead Trout in the spring. Opportunities for Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon are also available depending on the abundance of returning adults. Principal access ramps are at Kenmore, Magnuson Park at Sand Point, Gene Coulon Park in Renton, and Rainier Beach Park in Rainier Beach. Bank access is abundant. Numerous fishing piers dot the perimeter of the lake. Some of the more popular piers near Kirkland are located in Waverly Park, Marina Park and at the Old Ship Museum Park. Near Renton, Gene Coulon Memorial Park offers public fishing piers, and a fishing pier is available in Seward Park on the south west side of the lake. On the north end of Mercer Island, Luther Burbank Park offers a finger pier and boat docks for fishing. The Washington State Department of Health has issued these fish consumption advisories for Lake Washington:all groups (children and adult men and women), because of PCB contamination; do not eat any northern pikeminnow. All groups, because of mercury contamination; for yellow perch greater than 10.5 inches, eat no more than one meal (8 oz serving) per month; for cutthroat trout greater than 12 inches, eat no more than one meal per month; for cutthroat trout less than 12 inches, eat no more than three meals per month; for largemouth and smallmouth bass of all sizes, eat no more than two meals per month. See www.doh.wa.gov/fish for more information.

For the latest Sockeye salmon counts at the Ballard Locks, visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/salmon/sockeye/lkwashington.html


Fishing Prospects Calendar

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Largemouth bassPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All month
Smallmouth bassFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All month
Yellow perchFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All month
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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

Black crappie
Brown bullhead
Carp
Chinook salmon
Coho salmon
Crawfish
Green sunfish
Kokanee
Largescale sucker
Longnose sucker
Northern pikeminnow
Peamouth
Pumpkinseed
Sculpin
Sockeye salmon
Tench
Three-spine stickleback

Lake Information

King County
Lake Acreage: 21,933.6
Elevation: 17 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

Fish Plants & Stocking Reports