Clear Lake (Thurston County)

2021 Trout Derby

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Clear Lake is open to fishing from the fourth Saturday in April to October 31. The lake offer good harvest opportunity for stock rainbow trout and kokanee.  Chumming is permitted. The lake also supports naturally reproducing populations of largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Rainbow trout are typically caught trolling lures or still-fishing bait under a bobber. Success with kokannee is found fishing with downriggers or leaded line with baited wedding ring or spoons.  Bank angling is limited to area surrounding public boat launch on south end of lake.

The WDFW access on the northwest shore has a boat ramp with toilets and additional parking is available across the street in a gravel lot.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - bank angling limited to public boat launch

WDFW water access areas on this lake

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Thurston
Acreage: 180.70 ac.
Elevation: 543 ft.
Center: 46.823009, -122.473379
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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

Kokanee

The Kokanee fishery typically lasts from April-October before the adults leave the lake to spawn in tributaries starting in late-October and early-November. Fishing is best in the spring before they move into deeper water to avoid warming water temperatures, but they can be targeted throughout the summer in deeper offshore areas near the thermocline. There may be a slight uptick in some waters in the fall as adults return to shallower water and move near shore towards spawning tributaries.

Chart of 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

Smallmouth 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