Fishing at
Black Lake Thurston County


Black Lake is a large freshwater lake located in Thurston County, Washington. At an elevation of 134 ft. and 573.7 acres, it's home to several species of fish, including rock bass, common carp, yellow perch, black crappie, rainbow trout, brown bullhead, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Black Lake provides good shoreline access and a boat launch.

Stocked Fish: Rainbow
Lake Size: 573.7 acres
Elevation: 134 ft.
Boat Launch: Yes (1)
Black Lake
WDFW Access: Yes
Shoreline Access: Good


Black Lake Stocking Reports

Black Lake has been historically stocked with rainbow. The largest rainbow ever stocked is 3.33 lbs. This year so far, there has been 11 stockings of rainbow at an average of 0.43 lbs. In the past, Black Lake stocked tens of thousands of rainbow averaging 0.42 lbs.

Date Quantity Fish
November 17, 2022 3050 Rainbow @ 0.6lbs
May 17, 2022 1500 Rainbow @ 0.48lbs
May 10, 2022 1975 Rainbow @ 0.42lbs
May 10, 2022 1525 Rainbow @ 0.45lbs
May 2, 2022 3540 Rainbow @ 0.41lbs
April 11, 2022 100 Rainbow @ 1lbs
April 11, 2022 100 Rainbow @ 1lbs
March 28, 2022 10017 Rainbow @ 0.38lbs
March 22, 2022 3715 Rainbow @ 0.39lbs
March 22, 2022 5460 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs
March 21, 2022 10834 Rainbow @ 0.43lbs
November 23, 2021 1050 Rainbow @ 0.77lbs
November 17, 2021 972 Rainbow @ 0.83lbs
April 26, 2021 100 Rainbow @ 1lbs
March 31, 2021 3686 Rainbow @ 0.41lbs
March 30, 2021 3945 Rainbow @ 0.38lbs
March 25, 2021 8484 Rainbow @ 0.42lbs
March 25, 2021 2484 Rainbow @ 0.43lbs
March 24, 2021 11401 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs
November 24, 2020 2400 Rainbow @ 0.83lbs
May 19, 2020 2010 Rainbow @ 0.45lbs
May 4, 2020 3549 Rainbow @ 0.48lbs
April 30, 2020 120 Rainbow @ 0.83lbs
April 20, 2020 3500 Rainbow @ 0.39lbs
March 24, 2020 3550 Rainbow @ 0.37lbs
March 17, 2020 13180 Rainbow @ 0.38lbs
March 16, 2020 7080 Rainbow @ 0.38lbs
June 23, 2017 151 Rainbow @ 0.56lbs
May 9, 2017 4080 Rainbow @ 0.42lbs
April 20, 2017 3800 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs
April 20, 2017 20 Rainbow @ 3.33lbs
April 19, 2017 40 Rainbow @ 3.33lbs
April 19, 2017 3700 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs
April 18, 2017 3500 Rainbow @ 0.43lbs
April 11, 2017 7080 Rainbow @ 0.42lbs
April 4, 2017 8000 Rainbow @ 0.41lbs
March 28, 2017 8025 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs
June 17, 2016 350 Rainbow @ 0.55lbs
May 18, 2016 4125 Rainbow @ 0.43lbs
May 10, 2016 5000 Rainbow @ 0.43lbs
April 25, 2016 7025 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs
April 22, 2016 3500 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs
April 15, 2016 10510 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs
April 7, 2016 6900 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs
March 28, 2016 6100 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs


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Black Lake Fish Species

Black Lake provides excellent opportunities for rainbow trout as well as good opportunities for largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. There is also a chance to catch rock bass, common carp, yellow perch, black crappie and brown bullhead throughout the year.


January February March April May June July August September October November December
Rock bass
Common carp
Yellow perch
Black crappie
Rainbow trout
Brown bullhead
Largemouth bass
Smallmouth bass

Black Lake Fishing Reports

An modestly traveled lake, there has been some successful reports by anglers at Black Lake over the past few years.

Anglers reported the most success with rainbow trout. Crappie is also a popular species to fish for at Black Lake.


Black Lake - Crappie Fishing Tips

At Black Lake, the best time for catching crappie is afternoon. Anglers also reported success with crappie around evening.


Black Lake - Rainbow Trout Fishing Tips

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


Black Lake - Smallmouth Bass Fishing Tips

At Black Lake, the best time for catching smallmouth bass is evening. Anglers also reported success with smallmouth bass around afternoon. Bottom fishing from boat and top fishing from boat are the common and successful methods used at Black Lake to catch smallmouth bass.


Black Lake - Largemouth Bass Fishing Tips

At Black Lake, the best time for catching largemouth bass is evening. Anglers also reported success with largemouth bass around morning. Bottom fishing from boat and top fishing from boat are the common and successful methods used at Black Lake to catch largemouth bass.




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Stocking:
August 18, 2022 - Rainbow - 1206 @ 0.86lbs
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For December:
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Offutt Lake

Stocking:
November 21, 2022 - Rainbow - 1010 @ 1.28lbs
September 27, 2022 - Rainbow - 175 @ 1lbs

For December:
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Thurston County
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Hicks Lake

Stocking:
May 18, 2022 - Rainbow - 2095 @ 0.41lbs
May 10, 2022 - Rainbow - 3017 @ 0.43lbs

For December:
Bluegill Brown trout Yellow perch Black crappie Rainbow trout Brown bullhead Largemouth bass

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Thurston County
9.7 mi. away
254.6 acres
elevation: 162 ft.

Pattison Lake

Stocking:
June 15, 2022 - Rainbow - 1000 @ 0.5lbs
May 18, 2022 - Rainbow - 4450 @ 0.41lbs

For December:
Rock bass Yellow perch Black crappie Rainbow trout Largemouth bass

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Thurston County
9.8 mi. away
307.9 acres
elevation: 160 ft.

Somewhat Popular

Long Lake

Stocking:
November 21, 2022 - Rainbow - 1010 @ 1.28lbs
May 18, 2022 - Rainbow - 4355 @ 0.41lbs

For December:
Rock bass Yellow perch Rainbow trout Largemouth bass

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