Heart Lake

Two miles south of Anacortes, along the west side of Heart Lake Road. Most anglers visit Heart in pursuit of abundant stocked Rainbow Trout, but resident Largemouth Bass can also be caught.

This lake is one of only four waters in Skagit 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, can be an ideal time as fish that have been growing all summer become more active around the lake with cooler temperatures.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - WDFW access only

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Skagit
Acreage: 63.60 ac.
Elevation: 338 ft.
Center: 48.47604, -122.630665
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: HEART LK (SKAG) T35
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Jun 14, 2024 Rainbow 1,000 3 KENDALL CR HATCHERY
Apr 22, 2024 Rainbow 7,602 2.1 ARLINGTON HATCHERY
Apr 20, 2023 Rainbow 7,813 2.5 WHITEHORSE POND
Jun 2, 2022 Rainbow 100 0.3 KENDALL CR HATCHERY
Jun 2, 2022 Rainbow 1,000 2.5 KENDALL CR HATCHERY
Apr 20, 2022 Rainbow 50 0.5 ARLINGTON HATCHERY
Apr 20, 2022 Rainbow 1,660 2 ARLINGTON HATCHERY
Apr 20, 2022 Rainbow 6,281 2.2 ARLINGTON HATCHERY
Apr 22, 2021 Rainbow 2,075 2.5 ARLINGTON HATCHERY
Apr 21, 2021 Rainbow 1,080 2.4 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