With over ten different lakes, Bellingham Bay and the Nooksack River to choose from, Bellingham is a fisherman’s paradise. Schedule your visit by time of year to find your dream catch or check out our list of fishing locations to see what’s open and active.
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- 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 nine 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 six miles south of Bellingham.
- Silver Lake (173 acres) Rainbow and cutthroat trout. Planted early April. The season runs last Sat. in April-Oct. 31. Located in county park up Mt. Baker Hwy, three 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 six 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 five miles west 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 five miles NE of Bellingham.
- Wiser Lake (23 acres) Yellow perch and pumpkinseed sunfish. Year-around season. Boat launch. Located three miles southwest of Lynden.
Access Via Highway 20
- Baker Lake – Reservoir with 3,616 acres
- Diablo Lake – 910 acres
- Gorge Lake – 210 acres
- Ross Lake – 11,674 acres with boat launch at the north end of the lake in British Columbia
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