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Lake Tapps
Photo of Lake Tapps

Lake Tapps is currently open year-round, including the intake canal to within 400 feet of the screen at Dingle Basin. The lake offers very good opportunities for largemouth and smallmouth bass as well as tiger muskies.  There is also good fishing for yellow perch and black crappie.  Anglers are reminded that all tiger muskies less than 50 inches must be released.

Water access is provided at Lake Tapps North Park  (Pierce County) on the northeast shore, which provides a boat ramp, bathrooms, and plenty of bank access.  Also, the city of Bonney Lake provides a launch and docks along the western shore at Allan Yorke Park.

The lake's water level is normally down throughout the winter and early spring, which may limit boat  access. There remains limited shoreline access at the public access sites.


Fishing Prospects Calendar

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Black crappieFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All month
Largemouth bassPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All month
Smallmouth bassPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All month
Tiger muskieNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityFair fishing - 2nd half of monthGood fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - 1st half of monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All month
Yellow perchFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All month
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: 2,433.1
Elevation: 546 feet
Westside Washington

Lake Management Type
Warmwater 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

Other Lake Access

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