Lake Meridian

Meridian offers some good opportunities for stocked Rainbow Trout and Kokanee and resident Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, and Brown Bullhead. This lake is one of the better Kokanee producers in King County where anglers can expect regular catches of 13-inch fish.

Both the WDFW  and the City of Kent provide access to the lake on the southeast shore via a concrete boat ramp and fishing pier, respectively.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Fishing pier at public park

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: King
Acreage: 149.50 ac.
Elevation: 376 ft.
Center: 47.362526, -122.152956
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: LK MERIDIAN (KING)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Mar 27, 2024 Rainbow 3,800 2.5 WHITEHORSE POND
Mar 12, 2024 Rainbow 8,000 2.4 COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY
Apr 24, 2023 Rainbow 3,885 3 ARLINGTON HATCHERY
Mar 16, 2023 Rainbow 8,000 2.39 COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY
Mar 29, 2022 Rainbow 3,817 2.2 WHITEHORSE POND
Mar 17, 2022 Rainbow 8,000 2.5 COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY
Apr 5, 2021 Rainbow 4,004 2.2 WHITEHORSE POND
Mar 25, 2021 Rainbow 8,000 2.5 COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY
Apr 13, 2020 Rainbow 4,011 2.1 WHITEHORSE POND
Mar 19, 2020 Rainbow 8,000 2.5 COLUMBIA BASIN 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


The Kokanee fishery typically lasts from April-October before the adults leave the lake to spawn in tributaries starting in late-October and early-November. Fishing is best in the spring before they move into deeper water to avoid warming water temperatures, but they can be targeted throughout the summer in deeper offshore areas near the thermocline. There may be a slight uptick in some waters in the fall as adults return to shallower water and move near shore towards spawning tributaries.
Chart of 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

Yellow perch

Yellow Perch can be caught year-round. Fishing is best in the summer after they finish spawning in April-May. Fish can be readily angled through the summer from both the shore and boat. Catch begins to decline in the fall as water temperatures cool and fish move offshore forcing anglers to pursue them in boats. Successful fishing for Yellow Perch in the winter involves either targeting schools in deep water from boats or through the ice.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

Brown bullhead

Fishing improves throughout the spring, peaking before the spawning period in May and June. Fishing may pick up in early Fall, followed by a decrease in action as waters cool. Winter is a difficult time to target this species.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year