Walker Lake

The primary fishing opportunities in this lake are stocked Rainbow Trout and resident Largemouth Bass.

This lake is one of only ten waters in King County managed with a seasonal fishing closure. Spring catch rates for trout are highest early in the season and decline as fish are harvested and as warmer water temperatures force trout to seek areas of colder refuge. Fall is often overlooked by anglers, but can be an ideal time as fish that have been growing all summer become more active around the lake with cooler temperatures.

There is a narrow, steep WDFW boat rampĀ  on the south shore. Parking and shore fishing access is limited.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - WDFW boat ramp only

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: King
Acreage: 12.10 ac.
Elevation: 1144 ft.
Center: 47.264228, -121.9085
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: WALKER LK (KING)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Apr 19, 2023 Rainbow 1,500 2.6 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Apr 11, 2022 Rainbow 1,750 2.5 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
May 12, 2021 Rainbow 1,000 2.6 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Apr 12, 2021 Rainbow 1,500 3 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Apr 28, 2020 Rainbow 2,500 2.5 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
May 7, 2019 Rainbow 1,000 2.5 CHAMBERS CR HATCHERY
Apr 26, 2019 Rainbow 1,506 2.45 EELLS SPRINGS
May 30, 2018 Rainbow 822 0.9 LAKEWOOD HATCHERY
Apr 19, 2018 Rainbow 1,500 2.3 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
May 31, 2017 Rainbow 2,000 2.4 PUYALLUP 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

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