Anderson Lake

Located south of Port Townsend this 70 acre lake is encompassed by Anderson Island State Park.  It is one of the few lowland lakes in western Washington that yields a lake-reared Rainbow Trout fishery from fry plants as opposed to catchable sized plants.  Carry overs from each spring fishery survive to their second season and provide opportunity to catch fish 2 to 3 pounds as well.

In recent years there is a potential for the lake to be closed to access due to toxic algae blooms.  This generally occurs during late spring and/or summer months.  Prior to recreating in or at Andersen Lake an individual should consult this website  or call (360)385-9444 to determine if there are any restrictions on recreating.


Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - from a trail around the lake

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Jefferson
Acreage: 57.30 ac.
Elevation: 253 ft.
Center: 48.015881, -122.800699
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: ANDERSON LK (JEFF)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Apr 24, 2019 Rainbow 4 0.5 EELLS SPRINGS
Mar 1, 2019 Rainbow 2,560 2.77 EELLS SPRINGS
Nov 19, 2018 Rainbow 1,258 0.82 EELLS SPRINGS
Mar 1, 2018 Rainbow 2,595 3 EELLS SPRINGS
Mar 24, 2017 Rainbow 2,502 2.43 EELLS SPRINGS
Nov 21, 2016 Rainbow 1,093 0.67 EELLS SPRINGS
May 1, 2007 Rainbow 2,600 2.6 SOLDUC HATCHERY
Apr 23, 2007 Rainbow 273 0.74 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL
May 2, 2005 Rainbow 5,000 3 SOLDUC HATCHERY
May 3, 2004 Rainbow 3,895 1.3 HURD CR HATCHERY

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

Largemouth bass

Fishing improves throughout the spring as waters warm and fish move onshore, peaking during the spawn. Summer is a slight lull though dawn/dusk hours can be very good. Catch improves in Fall as waters cool, vegetation begins to die back, and prey becomes more available. Winter is the hardest time because fish are offshore and slow moving.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year