Waughop Lake

Waughop Lake is open year-round and offers good harvest opportunity for hatchery rainbow trout. Waughop Lake also supports naturally reproducing populations of largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, and brown bullhead catfish.

No developed boat launch, but small craft can be hand-carried a ways to the lake.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Limited shoreline access

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Pierce
Acreage: 30.10 ac.
Elevation: 241 ft.
Center: 47.170579, -122.564531
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: WAUGHOP LK (PIER)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Apr 21, 2008 Rainbow 115 0.67 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL
Mar 12, 2008 Rainbow 1,000 3 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Jun 4, 2007 Rainbow 36 1.33 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL
May 7, 2007 Rainbow 1,000 2.5 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Apr 16, 2007 Rainbow 120 0.74 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL
Apr 17, 2006 Rainbow 98 0.6 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL
Mar 14, 2006 Rainbow 1,500 2.8 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Apr 4, 2003 Rainbow 1,850 3 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Jun 7, 2002 Rainbow 2,400 2.5 PUYALLUP HATCHERY
Apr 21, 1999 Rainbow 6 0.5 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

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

Yellow perch

Yellow Perch can be caught year-round. Fishing is best in the summer after they finish spawning in April-May. Fish can be readily angled through the summer from both the shore and boat. Catch begins to decline in the fall as water temperatures cool and fish move offshore forcing anglers to pursue them in boats. Successful fishing for Yellow Perch in the winter involves either targeting schools in deep water from boats or through the ice.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

Black crappie

Fishing improves throughout the Spring, peaking during the spawn. Summer is a slight lull, while Fall sees an improvement as waters cool, vegetation dies back, and prey becomes more available. During winter, the bite is slower, but anglers can have great success fishing through the ice when conditions are safe.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

Brown bullhead

Fishing improves throughout the spring, peaking before the spawning period in May and June. Fishing may pick up in early Fall, followed by a decrease in action as waters cool. Winter is a difficult time to target this species.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year