Fishing at
Ward Lake Thurston County


Ward Lake is a freshwater lake located in Thurston County, Washington. At an elevation of 162 ft. and 66.1 acres, it's home to several species of fish, including kokanee, bluegill, rock bass, rainbow trout, largemouth bass and coastal cutthroat trout (resident). Ward Lake provides good shoreline access and a boat launch.

Stocked Fish: Rainbow,Cutthroat
Lake Size: 66.1 acres
Elevation: 162 ft.
Boat Launch: Yes (1)
Ward Lake
Shoreline Access: Good


Ward Lake Stocking Reports

Ward Lake has been historically stocked with rainbow and cutthroat. The largest rainbow ever stocked is 3.33 lbs. In the past, Ward Lake stocked tens of thousands of rainbow and cutthroat averaging 0.47 lbs.

Date Quantity Fish
November 21, 2022 1125 Rainbow @ 0.6lbs
September 27, 2022 75 Cutthroat @ 1.08lbs
September 27, 2022 125 Cutthroat @ 0.49lbs
May 9, 2022 2641 Rainbow @ 0.42lbs
April 19, 2022 2024 Rainbow @ 0.45lbs
November 22, 2021 300 Rainbow @ 0.77lbs
August 18, 2021 200 Rainbow @ 0.9lbs
April 20, 2021 1835 Rainbow @ 0.44lbs
April 20, 2021 1835 Rainbow @ 0.42lbs
January 7, 2021 164 Cutthroat @ 1.39lbs
November 23, 2020 300 Rainbow @ 0.83lbs
May 11, 2020 3010 Rainbow @ 0.47lbs
May 1, 2020 3620 Rainbow @ 0.47lbs
May 2, 2017 2576 Rainbow @ 0.43lbs
April 18, 2017 20 Rainbow @ 3.33lbs
April 18, 2017 2030 Rainbow @ 0.43lbs
April 17, 2017 10 Rainbow @ 3.33lbs
May 9, 2016 2575 Rainbow @ 0.43lbs
April 21, 2016 2000 Rainbow @ 0.4lbs


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Ward Lake Fish Species

Ward Lake provides excellent opportunities for kokanee and rainbow trout. There is also a chance to catch bluegill, rock bass, largemouth bass and coastal cutthroat trout (resident) throughout the year.


January February March April May June July August September October November December
Kokanee
Bluegill
Rock bass
Rainbow trout
Largemouth bass
Coastal cutthroat trout (resident)

Ward Lake Fishing Reports

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

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


Ward Lake - Rainbow Trout Fishing Tips

At Ward Lake, the best time for catching rainbow trout is evening. Anglers also reported success with rainbow trout around morning. Popular baits used include worms and power eggs for rainbow trout. Trolling and bottom fishing from shore are the common and successful methods used at Ward Lake to catch rainbow trout.


Ward Lake - Kokanee Fishing Tips

The most popular time for catching kokanee at Ward Lake is morning. Anglers also reported success with kokanee around afternoon. Corn and worms are the most common and successful baits used at Ward Lake to catch kokanee. Anglers often fish by trolling and bottom fishing from shore for kokanee.




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Nearby Lakes Similar to Ward Lake

There are a number of similar sized lakes relatively close to Ward Lake, including Munn Lake, Chambers Lake, Hicks Lake, Offutt Lake and Deep Lake.

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Thurston County
1.7 mi. away
32 acres
elevation: 145 ft.

Munn Lake

Stocking:
December 22, 2022 - Cutthroat - 300 @ 1.33lbs
October 11, 2022 - Rainbow - 1133 @ 2.33lbs

For February:
Brown trout Yellow perch Black crappie Rainbow trout

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Thurston County
2 mi. away
53.2 acres
elevation: 203 ft.

Chambers Lake

For February:
Yellow perch Channel catfish Largemouth bass

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Thurston County
3.7 mi. away
162.3 acres
elevation: 182 ft.

Hicks Lake

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

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

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Thurston County
6.7 mi. away
191.2 acres
elevation: 234 ft.

Offutt Lake

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

For February:
Brown trout Yellow perch Rainbow trout Brown bullhead Largemouth bass Coastal cutthroat trout (resident)

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Thurston County
7.2 mi. away
62.9 acres
elevation: 198 ft.

Deep Lake

Stocking:
May 17, 2022 - Rainbow - 2500 @ 0.4lbs
April 19, 2022 - Rainbow - 4202 @ 0.45lbs

For February:
Rainbow trout

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