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Fishing Lakes in Skagit County

About Skagit County

Skagit County, a short drive from Seattle, has a plethora of fishing opportunities in its numerous lakes, a few rivers, and Puget Sound.

Skagit is one of the more rural counties in this region of Washington, with the majority of its residents concentrated on its low-elevation west side along I-5. Mount Vernon, the county seat, as well as Anacortes, Burlington, and Sedro-Woolley, are all located here.

Let's take a glance at the best fishing spots in Skagit County:

Lake Campbell

This roughly 400-acre lake in the Anacortes region is open year-round and offers a variety of fishing possibilities, including stocked trout, resident bass, and panfish. Lake Campbell has previously been stocked with both rainbow and cutthroat trout.

Lake Campbell is located approximately six miles south of Anacortes and slightly west of State Route 20. Aside from trout, the lake offers a good warm-water fishery, with fishermen capturing channel catfish, largemouth bass, and yellow perch.

Other fish found in this low-elevation lake include black crappie, bluegill, pumpkinseed, and bullhead catfish.

Lake Beaver

Beaver Lake, situated in Skagit County, Washington, is a freshwater lake.

It is home to numerous kinds of fish, including yellow perch, black crappie, largemouth bass, and coastal cutthroat trout.

It is located at an elevation of 32 feet and spans 72.3 acres (resident). Beaver Lake has decent beachfront access as well as a boat launch.

Morning is the ideal time to catch largemouth bass at Beaver Lake.

Fishers also reported catching largemouth bass in the afternoon. Worms are popular baits for largemouth bass. Bottom fishing from a boat and top fishing from a boat are the most popular and successful techniques for catching largemouth bass here.

Lake Erie

This lake is located three miles south of Anacortes on Heart Lake Road, slightly west of Heart Lake Road and north of Rosario Road.

Most fishermen come to Erie to catch the plentiful, stocked Rainbow Trout, but resident Largemouth Bass and Yellow Perch are also there.

This lake is one of just four in Skagit County that has a seasonal fishing ban. Spring trout capture rates are highest early in the season and gradually drop as fish are caught, and rising water temperatures push trout to seek cooler refuge.

Fall, which fishermen frequently neglect, may be an excellent time because fish that have been growing all summer become more active around the lake as temperatures fall.