Wildcat Lake

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Wildcat Lake is a very popular Opening Day lake and provides excellent fishing for Rainbow Trout throughout spring and early summer.  It is moderately developed with good boat access.  Due to its popularity it often receives a second plant of Rainbow Trout in May.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Shore access at WDFW site and Kitsap County Park

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Kitsap
Acreage: 108.90 ac.
Elevation: 381 ft.
Center: 47.601069, -122.771247
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: WILDCAT LK (KITS)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
May 10, 2022 Rainbow 1,757 2.21 EELLS SPRINGS
Apr 15, 2022 Rainbow 7,827 22 EELLS SPRINGS
May 24, 2021 Rainbow 4,013 2.47 EELLS SPRINGS
Apr 21, 2021 Rainbow 3,285 2.25 EELLS SPRINGS
May 6, 2020 Rainbow 4,013 2.3 EELLS SPRINGS
May 4, 2020 Rainbow 4,149 2.17 EELLS SPRINGS
May 8, 2019 Rainbow 1,600 2.25 EELLS SPRINGS
Apr 23, 2019 Rainbow 7,519 2.4 EELLS SPRINGS
May 10, 2018 Rainbow 1,601 2.49 EELLS SPRINGS
Apr 24, 2018 Rainbow 7,800 2.35 EELLS SPRINGS

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

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