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Featured Lake Article

By: Bob Johansen
Photos by: Mike Carey

Thurston County’s Long Lake is quite large, covering 311 surface acres and reaching depths of about 20 feet. It is located at 153 feet of elevation and the water is slightly stained. It contains several species of fish including largemouth bass, rock bass, yellow perch, black crappie, warmouth bass, pumpkinseed sunfish and rainbow and brown trout. Trout fishing is good during the early spring and fall. Most trout fishermen fish from boats but limited shoreline angling opportunities are also available.
Warm water fish species are targeted during the entire open fishing season on the lake, from the last Saturday in April through October 31st. Fishing for largemouth bass is quite popular and usually quite productive. Prime bass habitat on this lake includes some overhanging brush and trees, pad fields, old logs and wood in the water, shoreline reeds and cattails, and many private docks and floats.
Public access is provided by the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife. The large access area provides lots of parking space, a good concrete plank boat launching ramp, and a newer concrete pit toilet that sadly shows some signs of vandalism.
To get there from Seattle, travel south on I-5 to the Nisqually exit (Exit #114). Exit right onto Martin Way for 4.2 miles to Carpenter Road. Turn left onto Carpenter Road for 2.8 miles to Boat Launch St. S.E. for about .1 mile to WDFW public access.