Wapato Lake

Wapato Lake is open to juveniles only (under 15 years old) and is open all year to fishing. While listed in Fishing in Washington sport fish regulations pamphlet, be sure to check with Tacoma Metro Parks  as they regulate access to this urban lake, due to water quality issues. The lake is typically stocked with rainbow trout prior to Tacoma School Districts spring break and summer vacation.


Two-pole fishing is NOT allowed

Special fishing restrictions:

  • Juvenile or disability w/reduced fee license only for this lake

Shoreline access: Good - Good shoreline access

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Pierce
Acreage: 26.50 ac.
Elevation: 323 ft.
Center: 47.195726, -122.456792
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: WAPATO LK (PIER)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Apr 5, 2018 Rainbow 2,000 2.5 EELLS SPRINGS
Apr 17, 2013 Rainbow 1,000 2.5 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Mar 12, 2013 Rainbow 1,680 2.5 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Apr 2, 2012 Rainbow 1,380 2.2 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Sep 22, 2008 Rainbow 1,000 2 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Mar 14, 2006 Rainbow 1,500 2.8 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Nov 4, 2005 Rainbow 500 2 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Jun 2, 2005 Rainbow 500 2.5 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Apr 19, 2005 Rainbow 508 0.8 LAKEWOOD HATCHERY
Oct 14, 2004 Rainbow 200 1.5 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