Black Lake

2023 Trout Derby lake

Starting soon! For more information about how the trout derby works, important dates, and prizes, visit the 2023 Trout Derby page.

Black Lake has a year-round open season.  This small lake provides angling for planted rainbow trout, with largemouth bass and yellow perch more active as this shallow, weedy lake warms in the summer.

A primitive launch owned by the city is located on the northeast side of the lake. Limited shore access is available along Highway 101. The City of Illwaco Park has a boat dock and restroom facilities. The City also sponsors a "Youth only" fishing derby on Opening Day.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Shoreline access is limited around the lake. Dense weed growth provides additional challenges to bank anglers. Two docks provides additional opportunity.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Pacific
Acreage: 28.50 ac.
Elevation: 26 ft.
Center: 46.315314, -124.040612
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: BLACK LK (PACI)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
May 25, 2021 Rainbow 1,000 1.33 NEMAH HATCHERY
May 24, 2021 Rainbow 1,100 2.2 NEMAH HATCHERY
May 18, 2021 Rainbow 2,000 2.2 NEMAH HATCHERY
Apr 20, 2021 Rainbow 249 0.2 NEMAH HATCHERY
Apr 19, 2021 Rainbow 4,000 2.5 NEMAH HATCHERY
Apr 6, 2021 Rainbow 750 2.8 NEMAH HATCHERY
Apr 5, 2021 Rainbow 750 2.8 NEMAH HATCHERY
Mar 23, 2021 Rainbow 1,500 3 NEMAH HATCHERY
Sep 23, 2020 Rainbow 2,075 1 NEMAH HATCHERY
May 20, 2020 Rainbow 80 2.3 NEMAH 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