Horseshoe Lake (Jefferson County)

Horseshoe Lake is managed as a quality trout water in an undeveloped setting.  Surrounded by timberland, this lake offers superb opportunity for large Rainbow Trout.

Two-pole fishing is NOT allowed

Special fishing restrictions:

Shoreline access: Good - Various access points around lake

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Jefferson
Acreage: 11.40 ac.
Elevation: 332 ft.
Center: 47.897153, -122.753616
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: HORSESHOE LK (JEFF)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Apr 28, 2020 Rainbow 722 2.2 EELLS SPRINGS
Mar 24, 2020 Rainbow 260 1.4 LAKEWOOD HATCHERY
May 9, 2019 Rainbow 650 2.39 EELLS SPRINGS
Mar 26, 2019 Rainbow 260 1.3 LAKEWOOD HATCHERY
May 11, 2018 Rainbow 622 2.49 EELLS SPRINGS
Mar 26, 2018 Rainbow 260 1.3 LAKEWOOD HATCHERY
May 16, 2017 Rainbow 650 2.4 EELLS SPRINGS
Mar 28, 2017 Rainbow 260 1.3 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL
May 25, 2016 Rainbow 650 2.12 EELLS SPRINGS
Mar 28, 2016 Rainbow 260 1.3 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL

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

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