Squalicum Lake

Located 6.5 miles northeast of Bellingham, 0.25 miles south of highway SR-542. Fishing opportunities include resident Cutthroat Trout and stocked Rainbow Trout and Tiger Trout.

This lake is fly-fishing only and all motors are prohibited. The lake can be accessed by walking less than 0.5 miles from the WDFW parking area.

Two-pole fishing is NOT allowed

Special fishing restrictions:

  • Fly fishing only for this lake

Shoreline access: Good - WDFW access only

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Whatcom
Acreage: 31.20 ac.
Elevation: 483 ft.
Center: 48.797505, -122.350141
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: SQUALICUM LK (WHAT)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
May 17, 2004 Rainbow 200 0.66 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL
Apr 14, 2003 Rainbow 200 0.6 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

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


Squalicum Lake
Photo by WDFW