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American Lake

American Lake is open year-round and offers good harvest opportunities for stocked rainbow trout and kokanee. The lake also supports naturally reproducing populations of yellow perch, brown bullhead catfish, rock bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and coastal cutthroat. American Lake has some of the better yellow perch fishing in the Pierce County area.

WDFW boat ramp has a two-lane concrete plank ramp and vault toilets, while two county parks provide access, bank fishing and toilets. Private and military resort facilities are also available.

See Washington State Parks website for ADA accessibility  information.


Fishing Prospects Calendar

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
KokaneeFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All month
Largemouth bassNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityFair fishing - 2nd half of monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - 1st half of monthFair fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Rainbow troutPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - 1st half of monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - 1st half of monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All month
Rock bassNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityFair fishing - 2nd half of monthGood fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Smallmouth bassNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityFair fishing - 2nd half of monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - 1st half of monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Yellow perchNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
LEGEND
Fishing Expectation

Excellent

Excellent Good Good Fair Fair Poor Poor
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

Lake Information

Pierce County
Lake Acreage: 1,091.3
Elevation: 238 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

Other Lake Access

Fish Plants & Stocking Reports