Duck Lake

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Species:
Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout, Large-Mouth Bass, Bluegill, and Crappie.
Location:
South of Ocean Shores
Directions:
Take Highway 109 west from Hoquiam for 14 miles to Highway 115. Turn south (left) and drive through Ocean Shores. Turn left on Chance A La Mer and drive three blocks to the boat ramp near the north end of the lake or continue south for one mile to Ocean Lake Way, turn left, and drive a quarter of a mile to Duck Lake Drive. Turn right and follow Duck Lake Drive one mile to the southern boat ramp.
Facilities:
There ramp nearest the north end of the lake is suitable for launching bigger boats, and the southern ramp is more favorable to car toppers ans smaller crafts. Ocean Shores has all of your amenities.
2013 Trout Plants:
May 10, 2013 Rainbow (377) Satsop Springs Ponds Average 6 lbs each.
May 08, 2013 Rainbow (573) 14″-16″ Humptulips Hatchery
Apr 22, 2013 Rainbow (200) 14″-16″ Humptulips Hatchery
Apr 22, 2013 Rainbow (2,500) 14″-16″ Humptulips Hatchery
Mar 26, 2013 Rainbow (1,000) 2.5 fish per pound Humptulips Hatchery
Mar 26, 2013 Rainbow (240) 14″-16″ Humptulips Hatchery
Mar 24, 2013 Rainbow (250) Satsop Springs Ponds Average 4 lbs. each.
Fishing Duck Lake:
As a child in the early 1970’s I fished this lake and its canals on many occasions. I remember standing at the end of the canal by the marina and looking down from its two piers and seeing MONSTER sized Large-Mouth Bass in the 6 to 10 lb. range. This long shallow lake with a coffee like colored water offers an interesting mix to any angler who takes the time to learn its secrets. Both the trout and bass grow to lunker sized proportions in this rich lake full of minerals.
For rainbows, try trolling with small Kwikfish or Flatfish or any lure of this sort that would vibrate in this not so clear water. Also another method would be the ole’ still fishing with a slip sinker, 48″ leader, and a nightcrawler.
The few anglers that come to fly-fish can do well in the afternoon with various nymph patterns, or in the evening with dry-flies. Spinnerbaits and various plastics work well for the bass, and during the summer it’s easy to coax them to the surface with a plug, poppers, or buzz baits.
If you want bluegills, try casting a Beetle Spin or a Berkley Power Spin to shoreline brush piles and the overhanging willows, especially when they congregate for spawning in the spring and early summer. Some of the bluegills I have caught where huge! But, in the end I think nightcrawlers in this lake work the best for all of the species in Duck Lake. Tight Lines!

Here is a nice Duck Lake Bass!

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