Fishing at
American Lake Pierce County


American Lake is a very large freshwater lake located in Pierce County, Washington. At an elevation of 238 ft. and 1091.3 acres, it's home to several species of fish, including kokanee, rock bass, yellow perch, rainbow trout, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. American Lake provides good shoreline access and a number of boat launches.

Stocked Fish: Rainbow
Lake Size: 1091.3 acres
Elevation: 238 ft.
Boat Launch: Yes (2)
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Shoreline Access: Good

American Lake Stocking Reports

American Lake has been historically stocked with rainbow. The largest rainbow ever stocked is 3.33 lbs. This year so far, there has been 4 stockings of rainbow at an average of 0.43 lbs. In the past, American Lake stocked tens of thousands of rainbow averaging 0.43 lbs.

Date Quantity Fish
June 1, 2020 500 Rainbow @ 0.45lbs
May 18, 2020 3534 Rainbow @ 0.53lbs
April 22, 2020 3512 Rainbow @ 0.39lbs
March 25, 2020 10000 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs
May 19, 2017 2875 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs
May 9, 2017 1200 Rainbow @ 0.5lbs
April 17, 2017 12 Rainbow @ 3.33lbs
April 4, 2017 4210 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs
March 13, 2017 1650 Rainbow @ 0.45lbs
March 6, 2017 4922 Rainbow @ 0.43lbs
January 9, 2017 1464 Rainbow @ 1.33lbs
May 20, 2016 2472 Rainbow @ 0.42lbs
May 9, 2016 6275 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs
April 16, 2016 30000 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs
March 10, 2016 5225 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs
March 7, 2016 6562 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs

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American Lake Fish Species

American Lake provides excellent opportunities for kokanee, rock bass, yellow perch and rainbow trout as well as good opportunities for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass.


January February March April May June July August September October November December
Kokanee
Rock bass
Yellow perch
Rainbow trout
Largemouth bass
Smallmouth bass

American Lake Fishing Reports

An extremely popular lake, there has been hundreds of reports by anglers at American Lake.

Anglers reported the most success with kokanee. Rainbow trout is also a popular species to fish for at American Lake.


American Lake - Kokanee Fishing Tips

At American Lake, the best time for catching kokanee is morning. Anglers also reported success with kokanee around afternoon. Popular baits used include corn and maggots for kokanee. Trolling and bottom fishing from boat are the common and successful methods used at American Lake to catch kokanee.


American Lake - Rainbow Trout Fishing Tips

The most popular time for catching rainbow trout at American Lake is morning. Anglers also reported success with rainbow trout around afternoon. Worms and power bait are the most common and successful baits used at American Lake to catch rainbow trout. Anglers often fish by trolling and bottom fishing from shore for rainbow trout.


American Lake - Smallmouth Bass Fishing Tips

At American Lake, the best time for catching smallmouth bass is morning. Anglers also reported success with smallmouth bass around afternoon. Popular baits used include attractor and worms for smallmouth bass. Bottom fishing from boat and top fishing from boat are the common and successful methods used at American Lake to catch smallmouth bass.


American Lake - Perch Fishing Tips

The most popular time for catching perch at American Lake is morning. Anglers also reported success with perch around all day. Worms and power eggs are the most common and successful baits used at American Lake to catch perch. Anglers often fish by bottom fishing from boat and bottom fishing from shore for perch.


American Lake - Rock Bass Fishing Tips

At American Lake, the best time for catching rock bass is morning. Anglers also reported success with rock bass around afternoon. Popular baits used include worms for rock bass. Bottom fishing from boat and bottom fishing from shore are the common and successful methods used at American Lake to catch rock bass.


American Lake - Other Fishing Tips

The most popular time for catching other at American Lake is morning. Anglers also reported success with other around afternoon. Worms and corn are the most common and successful baits used at American Lake to catch other. Anglers often fish by trolling and other for other.


American Lake - Largemouth Bass Fishing Tips

At American Lake, the best time for catching largemouth bass is morning. Anglers also reported success with largemouth bass around afternoon. Popular baits used include worms and attractor for largemouth bass. Bottom fishing from boat and top fishing from boat are the common and successful methods used at American Lake to catch largemouth bass.


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For November:
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For November:
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For November:
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Stocking:
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For November:
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