Lake Tapps

Lake Tapps is currently open year-round, including the intake canal to within 400 feet of the screen at Dingle Basin. The lake offers very good opportunities for largemouth and smallmouth bass as well as tiger muskies.  There is also good fishing for yellow perch and black crappie.  Anglers are reminded that all tiger muskies less than 50 inches must be released.

Water access is provided at Lake Tapps North Park  (Pierce County) on the northeast shore, which provides a boat ramp, bathrooms, and plenty of bank access.  Also, the city of Bonney Lake provides a launch and docks along the western shore at Allan Yorke Park.

The lake's water level is normally down throughout the winter and early spring, which may limit boat  access. There remains limited shoreline access at the public access sites.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good
There are a lot of houses around the lake, but there is very good shore access at Lake Tapps North Park.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Pierce
Acreage: 2433.10 ac.
Elevation: 546 ft.
Center: 47.214209, -122.169187
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Fishing prospects calendar

Smallmouth bass
  • January: Poor fishing - All month
  • February: Poor fishing - All month
  • March: Good fishing - All month
  • April: Excellent fishing - All month
  • May: Excellent fishing - All month
  • June: Excellent fishing - All month
  • July: Excellent fishing - All month
  • August: Excellent fishing - All month
  • September: Excellent fishing - All month
  • October: Excellent fishing - All month
  • November: Poor fishing - All month
  • December: Poor fishing - All month
Black crappie
  • January: Fair fishing - All month
  • February: Fair fishing - All month
  • March: Fair fishing - All month
  • April: Fair fishing - All month
  • May: Fair fishing - All month
  • June: Fair fishing - All month
  • July: Fair fishing - All month
  • August: Fair fishing - All month
  • September: Fair fishing - All month
  • October: Fair fishing - All month
  • November: Fair fishing - All month
  • December: Fair fishing - All month
Yellow perch
  • January: Fair fishing - All month
  • February: Fair fishing - All month
  • March: Fair fishing - All month
  • April: Fair fishing - All month
  • May: Fair fishing - All month
  • June: Fair fishing - All month
  • July: Fair fishing - All month
  • August: Fair fishing - All month
  • September: Fair fishing - All month
  • October: Fair fishing - All month
  • November: Fair fishing - All month
  • December: Fair fishing - All month
Tiger muskie
  • April: Fair fishing - Second half of month
  • May: Good fishing - All month
  • June: Excellent fishing - All month
  • July: Excellent fishing - All month
  • August: Excellent fishing - All month
  • September: Good fishing - All month
  • October: Good fishing - First half of month
  • November: Poor fishing - All month
  • December: Poor fishing - All month
Largemouth bass
  • January: Poor fishing - All month
  • February: Poor fishing - All month
  • March: Fair fishing - All month
  • April: Good fishing - All month
  • May: Good fishing - All month
  • June: Good fishing - All month
  • July: Good fishing - All month
  • August: Good fishing - All month
  • September: Good fishing - All month
  • October: Good fishing - All month
  • November: Poor fishing - All month
  • December: Poor fishing - All month

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