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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch, kokanee salmon and chain pickerel at Washinee Lake in Connecticut.

The most popular of the Twin Lakes, Washinee Lake (West Twin Lake) is a 290-acre lake located in the far northwest corner of Connecticut. Anglers will find almost 5 miles of shoreline providing cover for a variety of fish species. Bass, perch, kokanee, pickerel and sunfish are all popular here.

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Washinee Lake, located in Salisbury, Connecticut, is a charming and popular destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking a serene and productive angling experience. This 281-acre lake offers a peaceful setting surrounded by rolling hills and dense forests, making it an ideal spot for fishing.

One of the popular fish species found in Washinee Lake is trout. The lake is stocked with both rainbow trout and brown trout, providing anglers with ample opportunities to reel in these prized game fish. Trout fishing is particularly productive in the spring and fall when the water temperatures are cooler. Anglers often use a variety of baits and lures, such as live worms, artificial flies, or spinners, to entice the trout in the lake's pristine waters.

In addition to trout, Washinee Lake is also home to other fish species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and various panfish species including yellow perch and sunfish. Bass fishing enthusiasts can explore the lake's shoreline structures, weed beds, and drop-offs to target these sought-after game fish. Anglers often use techniques like casting with soft plastic baits, crankbaits, or topwater lures to entice the bass.

When planning a fishing trip to Washinee Lake, anglers should familiarize themselves with the fishing regulations specific to the lake, including size and creel limits for different fish species. It is important to follow these regulations to maintain the health of the fish population and sustain a thriving fishery.

Washinee Lake in Connecticut provides anglers with a peaceful and rewarding fishing experience, with its diverse fish species, scenic surroundings, and boating opportunities. Whether you're targeting trout or bass, Washinee Lake offers a tranquil setting for anglers to enjoy a memorable fishing adventure in the heart of nature.

The lake is open to all types of boats. Canoes and kayaks are very popular and power boats can launch at a for-fee boat launch ramp. There is limited access for fishing from the bank, and little or no public parking.

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Primary fish species residing in Washinee Lake

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Largemouth bass Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Redbreast Sunfish Rock Bass Yellow Perch Kokanee salmon Chain pickerel

Washinee Lake Amenities

Marina: YES (On connected Washining Lake)
Boat Rental: YES (On connected Washining Lake)
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NO
RV Hookups: NO
Lodging: NEARBY
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: YES (On connected Washining Lake)
Restaurant: YES (On connected Washining Lake)

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Boating is permitted on Washinee Lake, allowing anglers to access different areas of the lake and find their preferred fishing spots. The lake allows non-motorized boats such as canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards, providing a peaceful and environmentally friendly fishing experience.

Fishing Boat Rentals

O'Hara's Landing Marina
Rentals: Fishing boats, canoes, kayaks and pontoon boats
860 824-7583

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Wicks Road Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, off Wicks Road, this is a primitive, one-lane, concrete ramp with gravel parking.

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Camping facilities are not available directly at Washinee Lake, but there are nearby state parks and campgrounds where anglers can find camping amenities. These locations offer a range of accommodations such as tent sites, RV hook-ups, picnic areas, and access to hiking trails, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable camping experience.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

No Campgrounds or RV Parks

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Contact Information

Washinee Lake
O'Hara's Landing Marina
254 Twin Lakes Rd
Salisbury, CT 06068
860 824-7583


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