Chain Lake

Three miles north of Monroe. Fishing opportunities include stocked Rainbow Trout and resident Largemouth Bass.  Resident Black Crappie and Pumpkinseed Sunfish are also present. Due to limited space along the gravel ramp, the WDFW does not recommended that boats be launched from trailers, but the ramp is ideal for car toppers. Gasoline-powered motors are not allowed.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - WDFW access only

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Snohomish
Acreage: 21.30 ac.
Elevation: 397 ft.
Center: 47.903786, -121.970839
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: CHAIN LK (SNOH)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Mar 11, 2014 Rainbow 2,000 2.7 TOKUL CR HATCHERY
Mar 19, 2013 Rainbow 2,030 2.9 TOKUL CR HATCHERY
May 3, 2012 Rainbow 2,000 2.5 ARLINGTON HATCHERY
Apr 3, 1998 Rainbow 1,833 2.6 ARLINGTON 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

Black crappie

Fishing improves throughout the Spring, peaking during the spawn. Summer is a slight lull, while Fall sees an improvement as waters cool, vegetation dies back, and prey becomes more available. During winter, the bite is slower, but anglers can have great success fishing through the ice when conditions are safe.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed Sunfish are ubiquitous in most lowland lakes and readily caught year-round. Fishing is best in the spring and summer, peaking during the spawn in June. Fish move offshore into deeper waters through the fall as water temperatures cool making it more difficult to target them. Winter is the most difficult season to catch Pumpkinseed, but persistent anglers can find nice-sized schools offshore.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year


Chain Lake
Photo by WDFW