Lakes in Whatcom County

  • Cain Lake (72 acres)
    Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch and kokanee. Planted with trout mid-April. Open season runs from last Sat. in April-Oct. 31. Located 9 miles SE of Bellingham. The boat launch at the south end.
  • Fazon Lake (32 acres)
    Largemouth bass, bluegill, cutthroat and tiger muskies. Limits apply, check regulations. Open all year, but floating devices prohibited Oct. 7-Jan 15. Located at Everson-Goshen and E. Hemmi Rds. Boat launch.
  • Lake Padden (152 acres)
    Rainbow, kokanee and cutthroat trout. Planted mid-April. Good shore access and boat launch. No gas motors. The season runs last Sat. in April-Oct. 31. Located in Bellingham at Lake Padden Park.
  • Samish Lake (814 acres)
    Kokanee, largemouth bass, perch, and cutthroat. Check regulations. Year-around with best fishing early June and Sept. Boat launch on the east side (must have a permit) and a county park with a dock on the north end. Located 6 miles south of Bellingham.
  • Silver Lake (173 acres)
    Rainbow and cutthroat trout. Planted early April. The season runs last Sat. in April-Oct. 31. Boat launch, boat rentals, camping and rustic cabins. Located in county park up Mt. Baker Hwy, 3 miles north of Maple Falls.
  • Squalicum Lake (33 acres)
    Cutthroat, Brown trout and Triploid Rainbows at this fly-fishing-only lake. Walk-in access. Year-around. Located 6 miles NE of Bellingham off Mt. Baker Hwy.
  • Terrell Lake (438 acres)
    Warmwater species: largemouth bass, yellow perch, bullhead catfish, triploid rainbows and cutthroat trout. Dock and boat launch on the west shore. Open year-round. Floating devices prohibited Oct. 7-Jan 15. Located 5 miles W of Ferndale.
  • Toad Lake (29 acres)
    Trout and kokanee. Planted mid-April. Boat launch on SW end via Toad Lake Rd. The season runs last Sat. in April-Oct. 31. Located 5 miles NE of Bellingham.
  • Lake Whatcom (5,003 acres)
    Kokanee, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and yellow perch. Some limits and area closures–check regulations. The boat launch at Bloedel-Donovan Park on the north end, and launch at the south end (permit required). The season runs from last Sat. in April-Oct. 31. Large lake located at the east edge of Bellingham.
  • Wiser Lake (23 acres)
    Yellow perch and pumpkinseed sunfish. Year-around season. Boat launch. Located 3 miles SW of Lynden.

Access via Highway 20:

  • Baker Lake (Reservoir) (3,616 acres)
  • Diablo Lake (910) acres
  • Gorge Lake (210 acres)
  • Ross Lake (11,674 acres) (Boat launch at north end of lake in British Columbia)


  • Nooksack River (varies for area of river, and forks of river)
    Coho, chinook, chum, and pink (odd years) salmon. Winter steelhead and sea-run cutthroat.  Check current regulations!

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Fishing Links & Resources

Lummi Island Wild Co-Op | (360) 366-8786
3131 Mercer Ave. #105, Bellingham
Reefnet fishers who vertically integrated their salmon business to include harvesting, tendering, processing, and distributing. Named one of the top 10 most sustainable fisheries in the world. Experience the freshest seafood, healthy for you, healthy for the planet. |
Outer Island Expeditions | 360-376-3711
PO Box 653, Eastsound
We offer high-quality and unforgettable experiences of the San Juan Islands. We offer custom charters, whale watching tours, fishing around the islands and water taxi services. Outer Island Excursions prides itself in the ability to find whales when others can’t. |
Yeagers Sporting Goods | 360-733-1080
3101 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham
Whatcom County's home store for the outdoors! Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you find what you need, no matter what you are looking for. We are your source for hunting, fishing, boating and more. Come visit us today. |

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