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Ward Lake
Photo of Ward Lake

This relatively deep lake is primarily managed for Rainbow Trout and Kokanee. The lake supports good harvest opportunity for hatchery Rainbow Trout 9-15" and Kokanee up to 15" as well as naturally reproducing populations of Largemouth Bass, Bluegill Sunfish, Coastal Cutthroat Trout and Rock Bass.  Rainbow Trout are typically caught trolling lures or still-fishing bait on the bottom or under a bobber.  Success targeting Kokanee is found while fishing with downriggers or leaded line with a baited wedding ring or spoon.  The Kokanee fishery can start off slow in April but fishes well as the weather warms.  During the dog days of summer early mornings and late evenings can yield good catches of delicious Kokanee. 

 


Fishing Prospects Calendar

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
KokaneeNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityGood fishing - 2nd half of monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Rainbow troutNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityExcellent fishing - 2nd half of monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - 2nd half of monthGood fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
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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

Bluegill
Coastal cutthroat
Largemouth bass
Rock bass

Lake Information

Thurston County
Lake Acreage: 66.1
Elevation: 162 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

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