Blue Lake is located North of the town of Soap Lake in central
Washington about 160 miles from Seattle. It takes about 3 hours to get
there by I-90 turning off at the Ephrata exit, through the towns of
Ephrata and Soap lake on state route 17. The road runs along the west
side of the lake with side roads at the north and south ends of the
The lake has a large public access area along the west side of
the lake and resorts at the north and south ends of the lake.
This lake was "killed off" two years ago by the state to get rid
of non trout fish. It was stacked very heavy last year and again this
spring. I have seen a few 2-3 pound holdovers. The easy winter and
warm spring has put some pretty big stockers in there. In 3 days of
fishing I saw nothing smaller than 12 inches.
The lake does have bank fishing along the road side and seems to
be pretty effective especially in the warmer periods of the year. This
is due to the deep holes (up to 65ft) that are along the road.
I've found that sitting in the middle of the lake at the south
end is the best.
If you go just north of the point, located about 1/2 mile from
the south end, there is an area that goes fairly rapidly from 10 to 50
ft. The fish seem to wait there until its dinner time and then come
through in small schools. Fly fishing is also available for the early
or late people also at the south end near Blue Lake resort.
Lake Lenore and Banks lakes are within just a few miles of this
lake. So when you tire of easy fishing you can try the selective
fishery of Lake Lenore (check the Regs) or Bass and Walleye of Banks. Steve Kipisz