Pass Lake: April 6, 2008

Pass lake is one of the west side’s most popular and well known fly fishing only lakes. This selective fishery lake holds rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and Atlantic salmon. Because of the selective fishery these trout have grown very wary of anglers offering. The fishing here can be tough but the rewards well worth it. Trophy sized fish roam it’s waters and anglers that hook into them have earned their catch.

The lake is 99 acres. It is just north of Deception Pass, making it an excellent destination lake with a great state park to camp at. Summertime will see this state park fill up quickly so get your reservations in early, especially on the weekends. The winter weekday that I fished the lake I saw a half dozen anglers, so spring/summer can really be hopping. Pass is undeveloped and would be perfect except for the road that borders it’s east side. You’ll hear and see vehicles drive by while fishing. Oh well, a small price to pay for those trophy fish. The launch is primitive and suited to small boats. No motors allowed as of this writing.

If you are a west side fly fisherman Pass lake is one of your “must do” lakes. Well worth the drive up to the Anacortes area.  ~By Mike Carey 


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