American Lake

Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout, landloced steelhead, kokanee, small-mouth bass, yellow perch, rock bass, brown bullhead catfish
Stocking Information:Thousands of fingerling, and pan size fish are planted here yearly. American Lake every May receives approx. 1200 triploids, with a bonus this year American Lake is getting an extra 1,200 triploid rainbow trout of about 1-1/2 pounds each just for Father’s Day weekend.
Location:Pierce County Southwest of Tacoma
Take exit 122 off of I-5 just south of Tacoma and head west, across the tracks, on Berkley Street. Drive hald a mile to the T and turn right on Portland Avenue SW, following it four blocks to the lake, which is on the left.
Facilities:Bill’s Boathouse has a fishing dock, boat rentals, snacks, beverages, tackle, and restrooms.
WDFW boat ramp has a two-lane concrete plank ramp and vault toilets, while two county parks provide access, bank fishing and toilets. Private and military resort facilities are also available.
Fishing Method:
This is a lake that is known for big trout. A few times a year you here of a handful of fish that can sometimes top 10 lbs. In the 90’s there where over 50,000 young steelhead planted in the lake. Typical trout fishing methods are used here. Kokanee are fished with Wedding Ring spinners, topped with a maggot. American Lake will give up 2 lb. Kokanee or more in the mid-summer months, until these landlocked Kokanee move into the shallows to spawn. Trolling is widely the most common way to fish this lake. If you like to fish red-eyes, American lake has two species that fall into this category. Both smallmouth and rock bass are available here, and some of the best fishing is found at the lakes north and south ends, casting around several islands works well also.
American Lake is open year-round


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