Generally, this is one of the best producing opening day trout lakes in the state. This lake grows fish rapidly and it is not uncommon to see rainbow and brown trout to 20+ inches. However, goldfish have been illegally stocked in the lake and are starting to impact trout growth and survival.
Even though this lake is open to all types of angling, it can be an especially productive lake for flyfishing because of the consistent insect hatches it has in April and May.
The aeration system worked well over the fall and winter which should help to alleviate fish kills that have happened periodically in the past.
It should be noted that while access to West Medical Lake remains available through a WDFW-managed site on the south end of the lake, walk-in shoreline access on the north end, through private property, is no longer legal. The "unofficial" access on the north end was abused by litterers and is now posted with "No Trespassing" signs that should be respected.
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