2023 Trout Derby lake
Starting soon! For more information about how the trout derby works, important dates, and prizes, visit the 2023 Trout Derby page.
Located in Bellingham in Lake Padden Park , this lake has some of the best shore access in western Washington and is a wonderful place to bring the kids for safe shoreline fishing. Fishing opportunities include stocked Rainbow Trout, Coastal Cutthroat Trout, and Kokanee and resident Largemouth Bass.
This lake is one of only four waters in Whatcom 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 boat launch, but gasoline motors are not allowed.
Two-pole fishing is allowed
Shoreline access: Good - Completely surrounded by a public park. Multiple shoreline access points.
Species you might catch
Acreage: 147.70 ac.
Elevation: 450 ft.
Center: 48.702903, -122.453363
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Catchable fish plants
|Stock Date||Species||Number Released||Number of Fish Per Pound||Facility|
|Apr 19, 2022||Rainbow||600||3||KENDALL CR HATCHERY|
|Apr 12, 2022||Rainbow||8,370||2||BELLINGHAM HATCHERY|
|May 10, 2021||Rainbow||960||2.4||ARLINGTON HATCHERY|
|Apr 23, 2021||Rainbow||4,275||2.5||ARLINGTON HATCHERY|
|Apr 23, 2021||Rainbow||575||2.5||ARLINGTON HATCHERY|
|Apr 12, 2021||Rainbow||4,897||1.9||BELLINGHAM HATCHERY|
|Apr 8, 2021||Rainbow||4,200||2||BELLINGHAM HATCHERY|
|Apr 2, 2021||Rainbow||4,655||1.8||BELLINGHAM HATCHERY|
|May 14, 2020||Rainbow||4,200||2||BELLINGHAM HATCHERY|
|May 11, 2020||Rainbow||2,541||2.1||BELLINGHAM HATCHERY|