Hicks Lake

Hicks Lake is open from the fourth Saturday in April through October 31st. Harvest opportunity should be good for nine- to 13- inch stocked rainbow trout with 16 inch rainbows stocked annually.  The lake has also been periodically stocked with brown trout. In addition to trout the lake also supports naturally reproducing populations of black crappie, bluegill, largemouth bass, yellow perch, rock bass, and brown bullhead catfish.  The bluegill and yellow perch provide good fishing in mid to late summer.  Wanschers Community Park provides good shoreline access.

The WDFW access provides a boat launch and two toilets.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good
Shoreline access at public boat launch and Wanschers park on the west shore.

Species you might catch

County: Thurston
Acreage: 162.30 ac.
Elevation: 182 ft.
Center: 47.021219, -122.799698
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Fishing prospects calendar

Rainbow trout
  • April: Excellent fishing - Second half of month
  • May: Excellent fishing - All month
  • June: Good fishing - All month
  • July: Fair fishing - All month
  • August: Fair fishing - All month
  • September: Good fishing - All month
  • October: Good fishing - All month
Black crappie
  • January: Poor fishing - All month
  • February: Poor fishing - All month
  • March: Poor fishing - Second half of month
  • April: Good fishing - All month
  • May: Fair fishing - All month
  • June: Fair fishing - First half of month
  • July: Poor fishing - All month
  • August: Good fishing - First half of month
  • September: Fair fishing - First half of month
  • October: Good fishing - First half of month
  • November: Good fishing - First half of month