Deception Lakes

This popular string of lakes offers fishing for Eastern Brook Trout that grow up to about 12 inches in length. The shortest access is from the end of the Tonga Ridge Road. Follow the trail down into Deception Creek where it follows the valley bottom for a short distance then climbs about 1900 feet to the lakes. There are a couple streams to cross that could be especially difficult early in the season.

Getting here:

Drive US Highway 2 to mile marker 50.5, just east of the Skykomish Ranger Station. Turn south onto Foss River Road (FS Road #68). Continue on FS Road #68 for 3.5 miles to its junction with FS Road #6830. Turn left onto FS Road #6830. Continue for 6.7 miles to the #310 spur. Turn right onto the spur, and drive 1.3 miles to the end of road at the trailhead.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: King
Acreage: 18.20 ac.
Elevation: 5057 ft.
TRS: T25R13E SEC28
Center: 47.634804, -121.139732
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Fishing prospects calendar

Rainbow trout

Fishing success for Rainbow Trout is generally best in the spring when thousands of fish are stocked statewide, but they can be caught year-round in most waters with a little patience and persistence. Success remains high into June and gradually declines as water temperatures increase and fish move offshore to stay cool. Fish that escaped the spring harvest return to the nearshore areas in the fall as waters cool off. Some waters may also be stocked again in the fall further boosting catch rates.
Chart showing fishing prospects throughout the calendar year


Deception Lakes
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