One of Bellevue’s hidden fishing gems is Larsen Lake. It is all but unknown to those outside of the Lake Hills neighborhood. I myself have driven by Larsen Lake countless times on 148th Avenue, not even knowing there was a fishing spot almost within eyesight!
Larsen Lake Fishing Access
Larsen Lake is essentially a 10 acre pond that is fully within the Lake Hills Greenbelt. A city owned Blueberry farm is part of the park and completely surrounds the lake. This is one of the final remnants of Bellevue’s agrarian past. At one time Bellevue was a small town, known for its Strawberry and Blueberry Farms. Oh how times have changed! Pathways crisscross the farm and encircle Lake Larsen.
Much of the lakeshore is brushy, however there is opportunity to find a good fishing spot on the shore. The dock on the north end of the lake is a good place to fish, as long as it isn’t too crowded. You can park at the Lake Larsen Blueberry Farm lot off 148th and take the path through the farm to the lake. The parking lot gets busy during picking season. You have an option of parking on a neighborhood street on the east side of the farm.
Where is Larsen Lake?
Larsen Lake is located within the city limits of Bellevue, Washington in King County. It is approximately 2.5 miles north of Interstate 90 off of 148th Avenue Northeast.
- WDFW Lowland Lakes – Larsen Lake
- Washington State Fishing Regulations
- Nearby Lakes: Phantom Lake, Lake Washington, Lake Sammamish
Larsen Lake Fishing
Larsen Lake offers fishing for Crappie, Pumpkinseed and Largemouth Bass.
Largemouth Bass have all the cover they need in Larsen. The entire perimeter of the lake becomes filled with lily pads by mid-summer, which means that anglers fishing for bass will need to beef up their equipment to drag their plastics and top-water offerings through the weeds. I could see this being a great place to pitch a top-water Frog right at sunset.
Crappie fishing is the most popular draw for this lake. Fishing with a small soft plastic Crappie tube, tipped with a Berkley Gulp! Maggot under a bobber is a great starting point.