Silver Lake (Whatcom County)

Along the route to Mount Baker, Silver Lake is 30 miles from Bellingham and is an excellent opportunity to get away from the hustle-and-bustle of the city. 

The lake is one of only four Whatcom County waters managed with a seasonal fishing closure.  Fishing is good from the opener in late-April until late-October when it closes for stocked Rainbow Trout and Coastal Cutthroat Trout. 

The fishery is easily accessible via public boat launches at the WDFW access and Silver Lake Park (Whatcom County Parks).  Overnight stays (tent and cabins) and boat rental facilities are also available at the park.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Shoreline access at public park

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Whatcom
Acreage: 157.30 ac.
Elevation: 766 ft.
Center: 48.978457, -122.069853
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: SILVER LK (WHAT) 01
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Apr 25, 2023 Rainbow 1,380 2.9 KENDALL CR HATCHERY
Apr 11, 2023 Rainbow 4,400 2.9 KENDALL CR HATCHERY
Apr 7, 2023 Rainbow 5,270 2.9 KENDALL CR HATCHERY
Apr 5, 2023 Rainbow 4,500 2.9 KENDALL CR HATCHERY
Apr 3, 2023 Rainbow 2,790 2.9 KENDALL CR HATCHERY
Jul 6, 2022 Rainbow 1,400 1.8 KENDALL CR HATCHERY
Apr 13, 2022 Rainbow 2,640 2.8 KENDALL CR HATCHERY
May 10, 2021 Rainbow 2,400 2.4 ARLINGTON HATCHERY
May 5, 2021 Rainbow 1,200 2.7 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Apr 26, 2021 Rainbow 1,738 2.5 BAKER LK 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

Coastal cutthroat trout (resident)

Fishing is best for Coastal Cutthroat in the spring and fall. There is a summer lull as fish move offshore into deeper waters to escape the summer heat in July and August. Catch is lowest in the late-winter while adults are spawning in tributary streams.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year