Leland Lake

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Leland Lake is a shallow lake with a largely undeveloped shoreline.  It is stocked in April and May with catchable-size Rainbow Trout and good numbers of Coastal Cutthroat Trout broodstock weighing about one pound each are stocked in March. It also receives larger rainbows in the fall which provide good fishing even in the winter months.  There is good fishing for stocked rainbows during the fall, winter and spring, with good Largemouth Bass, Bluegill Sunfish, Yellow Perch from the spring through the summer.  Black Crappie fishing can be good during the cooler months of the fall. 

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Along the county park access and WDFW boat launch site. This makes up almost 200 yards of shoreline.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Jefferson
Acreage: 107.80 ac.
Elevation: 191 ft.
Center: 47.896676, -122.881788
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: LELAND LK (JEFF)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Apr 30, 2024 Rainbow 7,286 2.57 EELLS SPRINGS
Dec 21, 2023 Cutthroat 213 0.75 EELLS SPRINGS
Sep 26, 2023 Rainbow 1,895 15 EELLS SPRINGS
May 1, 2023 Rainbow 7,120 2.39 EELLS SPRINGS
Mar 7, 2023 Rainbow 1,280 2 HURD CR HATCHERY
Dec 30, 2022 Cutthroat 150 0.75 EELLS SPRINGS
Nov 30, 2022 Rainbow 299 0.8 HURD CR HATCHERY
Nov 21, 2022 Rainbow 500 0.78 EELLS SPRINGS
Nov 16, 2022 Rainbow 435 0.7 HURD CR HATCHERY
Sep 27, 2022 Rainbow 1,865 0.96 EELLS SPRINGS

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

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

Black crappie

Fishing improves throughout the Spring, peaking during the spawn. Summer is a slight lull, while Fall sees an improvement as waters cool, vegetation dies back, and prey becomes more available. During winter, the bite is slower, but anglers can have great success fishing through the ice when conditions are safe.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year


Bluegill can be caught year-round, but fishing is best in the warm months of Summer. Fishing improves throughout the spring, peaking during the spawn in early-Summer. Fish move offshore into deeper waters through the fall as water temperatures cool making it more difficult to target them. Winter is the most difficult season in which to catch Bluegill, but persistent anglers can find them in schools of like-sized fish offshore.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year