Lake Samish

A veritable angling smorgasbord awaits anglers with several trout species, landlocked sockeye and a number of warmwater species and lesser-sought fish, including a few finny surprises. Trollers do well now for cutthroat, but abide by the 14-inch minimum for them. In May the kokanee will start to bite in earnest. Samish is open year-round.

Season: year-round.

Angler amenities: rowboats are available for rent at the county park starting in June. You can get them for an hour or a day and can mount electric or small gas motors (up to 10 horse) but you'll need a fire extinguisher if you go internal combustion.

Surface area: 814 acres.

Stocking for 2008: kokanee fry from 2005 and 2006.

In the catch: native (wild) cutthroat trout, kokanee, largemouth bass, yellow perch, peamouth chub.

Special rules: cutthroat trout, minimum size 14 inches and two cutthroat per day limit; otherwise statewide size and bag limits apply.

Boat launch: WDFW – concrete ramp on East Lake Samish Drive, which should now be in good working condition.

Getting there: drive south on Interstate 5 to Nulle Road, exit there and head north on East Lake Samish Drive about 1.2 miles to public access. For the county park, take North Lake Samish exit and drive downhill to North Lake Samish Drive then west along the lake to the county bridge.