Nine miles northwest of Marysville, Lake Howard is a good lake for boat-bound anglers to catch abundant stocked Rainbow Trout. Resident Coastal Cutthoat Trout and Largemouth Bass are also present.
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.
There is a WDFW access with toilet on the northwest shore.
Two-pole fishing is allowed
Shoreline access: Good - WDFW boat ramp onlyWDFW water access areas on this lake
Species you might catch
Acreage: 26.20 ac.
Elevation: 242 ft.
Center: 48.157036, -122.326473
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Fishing prospects calendar
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.
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.
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.