Carlisle Lake

2021 Trout Derby lake

Starting soon! For more information about how the trout derby works, important dates, and prizes, visit the 2021 Trout Derby page.

Carlisle Lake, historically known as Onalaska Mill Pond, was originally a log pond for the wood mill. It has been planted with rainbow trout since 1953.The lake is managed for catchable trout and warmwater species.

Rainbow trout broodstock are stocked in the lake during the winter.  Coho have been raised in net pens in the lake for the past two years.  This lake generally is planted in April before opening day and in May.  

The lake is located on the northwest edge of Onalaska.  Carlisle also has a few largemouth bass. Public access is available, and small boats can be launched, but internal combustion engines are not allowed.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Pretty good.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Lewis
Acreage: 22.20 ac.
Elevation: 496 ft.
Center: 46.579893, -122.727066
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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

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