Horseshoe Lake (Kitsap County)

Horseshoe Lake is a small, shallow Opening Day lake located south of Port Orchard.  This lake has good public access through the WDFW boat launch and along the shoreline at the county park.  It receives a good plant of Rainbow Trout in April for an early spring fishery and shifts to a panfish fishery in June.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - shoreline along Kitsap County park propert

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Kitsap
Acreage: 40.80 ac.
Elevation: 273 ft.
Center: 47.408221, -122.664339
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: HORSESHOE LK (KITS)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
May 4, 2022 Rainbow 600 2.37 EELLS SPRINGS
Apr 14, 2022 Rainbow 2,550 2.34 EELLS SPRINGS
Jan 20, 2022 Rainbow 40 0.2 EELLS SPRINGS
May 3, 2021 Rainbow 600 2.21 EELLS SPRINGS
Apr 14, 2021 Rainbow 1,122 2.38 EELLS SPRINGS
Apr 14, 2021 Rainbow 1,122 2.27 EELLS SPRINGS
Jan 21, 2021 Rainbow 40 0.25 EELLS SPRINGS
Apr 28, 2020 Rainbow 3,100 24 EELLS SPRINGS
Feb 24, 2020 Rainbow 40 0.2 EELLS SPRINGS
May 16, 2019 Rainbow 631 2.43 EELLS SPRINGS

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

Bluegill

Bluegill can be caught year-round, but fishing is best in the warm months of Summer. Fishing improves throughout the spring, peaking during the spawn in early-Summer. 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 in which to catch Bluegill, but persistent anglers can find them in schools of like-sized fish offshore.
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