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 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|
|Apr 30, 2020||Rainbow||12,248||2.2||BELLINGHAM HATCHERY|
|Dec 5, 2019||Rainbow||750||1.3||KENDALL CR HATCHERY|
|Oct 21, 2019||Rainbow||1,000||1.42||KENDALL CR HATCHERY|
|Jun 28, 2019||Rainbow||2,520||2||KENDALL CR HATCHERY|
|Apr 10, 2019||Rainbow||20,500||1.9||BELLINGHAM HATCHERY|
|Oct 10, 2018||Rainbow||1,100||0.75||ARLINGTON HATCHERY|
|Jun 7, 2018||Rainbow||3,000||2||BELLINGHAM HATCHERY|