You might be new to fishing, or simply looking for some variety to your normal fishing routine. Whatever the reason you are looking for a new lake to fish.
You should start with an idea what you are looking for. Is it someplace quiet and secluded? Someplace known for large fish? Or lots of fish? Lots of bank access?
Whatever you are looking for here are some ways to identify some hopeful candiates:
- Look at online maps for lakes in the area you are interested in. The Birdseye view at Bing Maps can give you are great view of boat launches and shore access. The road map often lists the name of the lake – look at street names if the lake itself isn’t labeled.
- Lookup the lake at Fish Washington!, which the WDFW has put together with information.
- Check online forums and reports, such as those at
- Check how many fish it gets stocked on the WDFW page.
- Find its bathographic information at Navionics or Insights Genesis
- Ask other anglers – both those you know, and those you meet online or while fishing
- Don’t forget to check the regulations for that lake.
This information will help you narrow down some promising candidates. As well as help you make a plan of attack to ensure a level of success.
If you have time, plan your trip so you have enough time to visit a couple different nearby lakes.
Hopefully you will end up with some new favorites to visit often.