Hicks Lake

Hicks Lake is open from the fourth Saturday in April through October 31st. Harvest opportunity should be good for nine- to 13- inch stocked rainbow trout with 16 inch rainbows stocked annually.  The lake has also been periodically stocked with brown trout. In addition to trout the lake also supports naturally reproducing populations of black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, yellow perch, rock bass, and brown bullhead catfish.  The bluegill and yellow perch provide good fishing in mid to late summer.  Wanschers Community Park provides good shoreline access.

The WDFW access provides a boat launch and two toilets.

Fishing Prospects Calendar

Black crappiePoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - 2nd half of monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - 1st half of monthPoor fishing - All monthGood fishing - 1st half of monthFair fishing - 1st half of monthGood fishing - 1st half of monthGood fishing - 1st half of monthNo Opportunity
Rainbow troutNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityExcellent fishing - 2nd half of monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
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

Brown bullhead
Brown trout
Largemouth bass
Yellow perch

Lake Information

Thurston County
Lake Acreage: 162.3
Elevation: 182 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