Whistle Lake near Anacortes

#1
I saw mention in the forum of this lake. For those who do not know, Whistle Lake is the old City of Anacortes water supply. It is located on the Community Forest Lands. A hike is required. The lake is about 30 acres. It holds cutthroat trout of some size, as well as various warm-water species. It's a very popular swimming/cliff jumping lake for the younger set on hot days. But alot of times, you have the place to yourself. And that's a good thing, because you won't find a more beautiful piece of water around. The trout seemed to be in low numbers. On the 2 late fall days I visited, I released 1 fish about 18", caught on a leech{What else?}.
Did anyone else fish this island gem this summer?
Oh, Yeah. I am friends with the Forest Lands Manager, and plan to talk to him about the recent stocking history, etc. I'll report back.
 

Josh

dead in the water
#2
Ah Whistle, I love that lake. I can't count the times I went swimming there over the course of my 32 years. Never fished there though. Its a deep lake in many parts, and there is not much (if any) shore fishing to be found.

The Forest Lands manager is a great guy, and his boss has known me most of my life. Tell either of them I said hi next time you talk to them.


Whistle Lake, Many summers ago.
 
#5
I did some looking around, and talked to the Forest Lands Manager Jonn, and found out that Whistle Lake got 3,000 CT fry in '07 & '06, and 2,500 in '05. I'm sure the bass and perch are well fed, but there should be a few trout around.
 
#7
After a quick search, I found the following information

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/getaways/040899/hike08.html

From Interstate 5 heading north, turn toward Anacortes (west) on state Route 20 north of Mount Vernon. Turn left in Anacortes on Commercial Avenue. Turn left again onto Fidalgo and left once more at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Turn right on Hillcrest (which becomes Whistle Lake Road). Whistle Lake Road then becomes Whistle Terrace. Take the road that goes downhill to the parking area, which is about two miles from Commercial Avenue. There are signs posted for the park, but they are not obvious.
 

Ryan Francis

HUMILITY IS NOT THINKING LESS OF ME, BUT THINKING
#8
I GREW UP IN ANACORTES, HAVE MAY FOND MEMORIES OF WHISTLE
LAKE, FISHED, SWAM MOSTLY GOT DRUNK AND JUMPED OFF THE CLIFFS, YEARS AGO THERE WAS A ROPE SWING AND A OLD LOG RAFT
WE WOULD SWIM FROM THE RAFT TO THE CLIFFS, I WOULD DIE IF I TRIED THAT NOW
 
#9
I GREW UP IN ANACORTES, HAVE MAY FOND MEMORIES OF WHISTLE
LAKE, FISHED, SWAM MOSTLY GOT DRUNK AND JUMPED OFF THE CLIFFS, YEARS AGO THERE WAS A ROPE SWING AND A OLD LOG RAFT
WE WOULD SWIM FROM THE RAFT TO THE CLIFFS, I WOULD DIE IF I TRIED THAT NOW
dude dont spoil all thew great suprises!!! and yeah
 

Gary Strassburg

'cuz chicks dig scars
#11
I ride my dirt bike there on the trails. Always get yelled at by mountain bikers. :rolleyes:

Funny how I can stay on the designated dirt bike trails and see mountain bikers on there, and they yell at you.

I have never fished there. Always been meaning to come there sans dirt bike and do some fishin'... just haen't done it yet.

Gary
 

Ryan Francis

HUMILITY IS NOT THINKING LESS OF ME, BUT THINKING
#12
DAVE, YOU BLOW!! REMEMBER I'M NOT FAT, I'M BIG BONED, YOU WILL NEVER FIND ANYONE THAT CAN REPALCE ME AS ANCHOR ENGINEER ON THE LAVRO
 
#13
I did some looking around, and talked to the Forest Lands Manager Jonn, and found out that Whistle Lake got 3,000 CT fry in '07 & '06, and 2,500 in '05. I'm sure the bass and perch are well fed, but there should be a few trout around.
nope there arent min fact, there are none! i have fished for DAYS! any havent caufght crap!
 

Chad Lewis

NEVER wonder what to do with your free time
#14
Fin Clipped, I ride in the ACFL too. Always make it a point to stop and wait for mountain bikers/hikers. Haven't gotten yelled at yet :thumb:

Yeah, I'd like to check out the fishing on Whistle too. Going to be getting a kayak soon and it's on my list of lakes to terrorize with my new fishing machine. Maybe rig up something to tow the kayak with the dirt bike? Man, am I lazy sometimes......
 
#15
I assure you there are trout in Whistle. On most evenings during the season you can see them rising. I have caught some smaller fish on a Raccoon emerger and a large one last fall on a Black Leech from the tube. Jonn said the city let the plant trunk in the gate to put fish in the last two years.