Waitts Lake Fishing: Your Next Great Catch Awaits

If you’re wondering where to go for your next fishing trip, look no further than beautiful Waitts Lake. Open year-round, the lake provides an abundant variety of fish that would make any angler proud. 

Two-pole fishing is allowed, and the lake is considered a great choice for ice fishing. Even better, recent improvements have made access to the lake more convenient. And with several lodging options to choose from, there’s no reason to rush off after a long day of catching fish. 

But what kind of fish are in Waitts Lake? We’ve compiled a handy list that includes some of the fish you’re most likely to catch, so keep reading to discover what makes the area such an excellent fishing spot.

Brown trout

Brown trout, or Salmo trutta, are of European origin and are closely related to Atlantic salmon. They can be easy to identify thanks to their many spots, and they usually average 12-18 inches in length. 

It’s not unheard of to come across a Brown trout that’s over 20 inches, making them one of the more prized catches, especially by fly anglers. 

Rainbow trout 

One of the most widely stocked trout in all of Washington, the Rainbow trout is a classic game fish known for its eagerness to bite bait and still put up a fight when on the end of a line. 

Spring is typically the best time to fish Rainbow as that’s when they’re stocked by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. But you can sometimes get lucky in the fall when the lakes are occasionally stocked again.

Largemouth bass 

Part of the larger group of black basses, these babies are known for their large upper lip and greenish-black coloring. In quality populations they can grow anywhere from 17 to over 20 inches in length. 

Although the warmer waters of spring make it the best season to catch Largemouth, the dawn and dusk hours of summer can be just as fruitful. Keep an eye out for areas with lots of plant cover near the shore, as this is where they like to hang out.

Yellow perch 

Considered an easy fish to catch, the Yellow perch is great for fishing with kids. You can easily spot them by their striking yellow-gold coloring and contrasting dark stripes on their sides, although younger fish tend to have less vibrant color. 

They can grow between 10 to 14 inches, and the great thing about the Yellow perch is they can be caught throughout the year. But keep an eye on these suckers: they are infamous bait thieves, so make sure you give them time to start nibbling, otherwise you may pull up an empty hook.

Get Your Fishing Gear Ready! 

Whether you plan to stay for a weekend or a week, Waitts Lake RV Resort offers the best of lakefront views and private beach access for your upcoming fishing adventure. We’ve got private docks that are perfect for an afternoon spent fishing or a lazy day of lounging in the sun. Reserve your spot today to give yourself the rest and relaxation you deserve.

For more ideas on how to enjoy your time at Waitts Lake, check out these tips on kayaking with family next!

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