Wiser Lake

Yellow perch and pumpkinseed sunfish are found here in profusion, and though on the smallish side, they can provide amusement for kids. Wiser is not stocked. Occasionally there are fish kills during the hot summer when the oxygen demand goes up and its shallow warm waters cannot sustain fish.

Season: year-round.

Angler amenities: Easy access, and with a red No. 70 Hotshot lots of fish. The west end of the lake, under the bridge, will get you away from the water skiers.

Surface area: 123 acres.

Stocking for 2008: None.

In the catch: Largemouth bass, brown bullhead, pumpkinseed sunfish and yellow perch.

Special rules: none, statewide bag and size limits apply.

Boat launch: WDFW with shallow concrete ramp, lots of parking.

Getting there: Drive north from Interstate 5 on State Route 539 (Guide Meridian) toward Lynden. The Guide crosses Wiser Lake on a causeway. Turn right on East Wiser Lake Road and immediately another right onto access driveway.