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American Lake in Pierce County

by Mike Carey, January 29, 2007
Fishing buddy Bruce Middleton and I spent a nice spring day on this lake in 2006. American lake is firmly established as one of the greater Tacoma area's primary fishing lakes. Tough day for bass but a nice day on the water.

This lake is 1125 acres, 8 miles SW of Tacoma. Take the Camp Murray-Madigan exit from Hwy 5 to one mile to lake. The lake holds rainbow, cutthroat, kokanee, perch, largemouth and rock bass, and bullhead. There are several boat launches on the lake, as well as a resort on the lake's east shore.


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