One mile west of Clinton on Whidbey Island. Trout fishing is good to very good for stocked Rainbow Trout and Coatsal Cutthroat Trout ranging from 13 to 15 inches. Quality-size Largemouth Bass are also present.
This lake is one of only two waters in Island County managed with a seasonal fishing closure. Spring catch rates for trout are highest early in the season and decline as fish are harvested and as warmer water temperatures force trout to seek areas of colder refuge. Fall is often overlooked by anglers, but can be an ideal time as fish that have been growing all summer become more active around the lake with cooler temperatures.
Deer Lake has a WDFW access on the northeast corner of the lake with a gravel boat ramp and parking area.
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