Crabapple Lake

Seven miles northwest of Marysville.  Fishing opportunities include stocked Rainbow Trout and Coastal Cutthroat Trout and resident Largemouth Bass and Yellow Perch. 

This lake is one of only twelve waters in Snohomish County managed with a seasonal fishing closure. Spring catch rates for trout are highest early in the season and decline as fish are harvested and as warmer water temperatures force trout to seek areas of colder refuge. Fall is often overlooked by anglers, but can be an ideal time as fish that have been growing all summer become more active around the lake with cooler temperatures.

The WDFW access on the north shore has a toilet.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - WDFW boat ramp only

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Snohomish
Acreage: 35.50 ac.
Elevation: 414 ft.
Center: 48.131372, -122.273778
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: CRABAPPLE LK (SNOH)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Apr 21, 2016 Rainbow 3,552 2.4 ARLINGTON HATCHERY
Apr 23, 2015 Rainbow 5,063 2.5 ARLINGTON HATCHERY
Apr 21, 2014 Rainbow 3,063 2.5 ARLINGTON HATCHERY
Apr 21, 2014 Rainbow 1,937 2.5 ARLINGTON HATCHERY
Apr 16, 2013 Rainbow 5,040 2.4 ARLINGTON HATCHERY
Apr 24, 2012 Rainbow 5,063 2.5 ARLINGTON HATCHERY
Mar 23, 2011 Rainbow 1,050 2 WHITEHORSE POND
Apr 23, 2001 Rainbow 977 2.1 ARLINGTON HATCHERY
Apr 15, 1999 Rainbow 2,490 3 ARLINGTON HATCHERY
Apr 21, 1995 Rainbow 861 2.1 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

Coastal cutthroat trout (resident)

Fishing is best for Coastal Cutthroat in the spring and fall. There is a summer lull as fish move offshore into deeper waters to escape the summer heat in July and August. Catch is lowest in the late-winter while adults are spawning in tributary streams.
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

Yellow perch

Yellow Perch can be caught year-round. Fishing is best in the summer after they finish spawning in April-May. Fish can be readily angled through the summer from both the shore and boat. Catch begins to decline in the fall as water temperatures cool and fish move offshore forcing anglers to pursue them in boats. Successful fishing for Yellow Perch in the winter involves either targeting schools in deep water from boats or through the ice.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year


Crabapple Lake
Photo by WDFW