American Lake

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Fishing, boating, weather and lake information all in one place for American Lake in Pierce County, Washington and has boat launch access. Location: 8 miles SW of Tacoma . Information to include topographical and bathymetric maps, WDFW special fishing rules, targeted fish species present, acreage, depth, elevation and more when available.

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Details for American Lake

Topographic View
Latitude: 47.132320
Longitude: -122.564848

American Lake Stats:

County:  Pierce
State:  Washington
Location:  8 miles SW of Tacoma
Access:  boat launch
Acres:  1125
Elevation:  235 feet
Avg Depth:  53 feet
Max Depth:  90 feet
Bathymetric Map:  See Map

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Lake Overview:

American Lake (1,125 acres): Eight miles southwest of Tacoma near Fort Lewis. With a year-round open season, good fishing for rainbow trout and kokanee can be expected. Additionally, with yellow perch, bullhead catfish, rock bass, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and cutthroat also available. Kokanee are usually caught 40-50 feet deep on flashy lures with bait on the hook. Chumming is permitted. A “Fishing Kids” derby scheduled for May 17th this year that is designed to introduce youngsters age 5 through 14 to fishing. Contact Pierce County Parks at (253) 798-4176 for more information. WDFW boat ramp off of Portland Avenue SW (take exit 122 from I-5) 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. (See Washington State Parks website:  for ADA accessibility information.) Source: WDFW 2008 Fishing Prospects

American Lake is 1,125 acres, 347 acres of which are on Fort Lewis, and the maximum depth is 90 feet. Fish Population Status: Rainbow Trout and Rock Bass are abundant, including the occasional Trout over 16 inches. Cutthroat Trout, a native fish, and Kokanee salmon average 13-14 inches and are common catch. Largemouth Bass and Brown Bullhead (Catfish) are present as well as an occasional Smallmouth. Outlook: Outdoor Recreation will release 60,000 Rainbow. Bill’s Boathouse is scheduled to release approximately 20,000 Rainbows. Best Bet: Rainbow Trout should be very good once the water warms. Kokanee fishing is best in June to early July. Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass and Yellow Perch should provide excellent summer fishing. Source: Fort Lewis Fishing Rules (PDF Format).

WDFW Special Fishing Rules 2010/2011 Season:

Species Season Rule Special Note
Other Game Fish Year-round Statewide minimum size/daily limit. Chumming permitted.
Trout Year-round No minimum size. Daily limit 5. Up to 2 over 14" except no size restriction for Kokanee. Chumming permitted.


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