Spanaway Lake

Spanaway Lake is open year round and offers good harvest opportunity for stocked rainbow trout.  Spanaway Lake has some of the best fishing for rock bass in the area.  Fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass and yellow perch can be good in the spring and summer months, while fishing for black crappie usually picks ups in September to November. 

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Shoreline access is good in Spanaway Park

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Pierce
Acreage: 250.90 ac.
Elevation: 318 ft.
Center: 47.110228, -122.448044
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: SPANAWAY LK (PIER)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Mar 20, 2018 Rainbow 5,000 2.4 EELLS SPRINGS
May 22, 2017 Rainbow 3,800 2 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
May 19, 2017 Rainbow 3,910 2.3 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Apr 14, 2017 Rainbow 2,736 2.4 CHAMBERS CR HATCHERY
Apr 5, 2017 Rainbow 4,000 2.1 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Mar 29, 2017 Rainbow 4,000 2.2 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Mar 28, 2017 Rainbow 3,900 2.2 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Mar 21, 2017 Rainbow 4,500 2.5 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Mar 20, 2017 Rainbow 4,600 2.5 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Apr 15, 2016 Rainbow 246 0.67 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL

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

Smallmouth 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