Fishing in Northeastern Washington

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This article will show you the very best fishing in Northeast Washington.

We’ll give you a peek at the better angling lakes and rivers in Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties.

These counties bump up to Canada on the north and include plenty of remote lands and waters, but some are close enough to Spokane for day trips and many others are worth long drives and multi-day trips from Puget Sound and elsewhere.

Ferry County is just east of Okanogan County, far from major cities. It has fewer than 10,000 residents in Republic and small unincorporated communities.

Besides fishing, other attractions you’ll find in Ferry County includes an historic Ferry County Carousel, Stonerose Interpretive Center and Fossil Site, and parts of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, Colville National Forest and Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.

Stevens County is the largest and most populated of these northeastern counties, approaching 50,000 people. It still has fewer than a 10th as many people as nearby Spokane County, where some of its anglers come from.

Colville is the largest city here, and other cities include Chewelah, Kettle Falls, Marcus, Northport and Springdale.

Attractions in Stevens County include Colville National Forest with tons of camping and resorts, the Fort Spokane Visitor Center and Museum, the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge, and a share with other counties of the popular Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.

Pend Oreille County sits in the very corner of this part of Washington, bordering both Canada and the Idaho Panhandle.

Pend Oreille has just a few more people than Ferry County, including residents of county seat Newport and other communities including Cusick, Ione, Metaline and Metaline Falls.

Additional landmarks in Pend Oreille County include the Boundary Hydroelectric Project, Sullivan Lake Loop and Crawford State Park (including the impressive Gardner Cave).

Most of the remainder of this article will detail the places you might want to fish in these three counties.

To make it easier to locate these waters, we’ll cover the waters alphabetically within their county, starting at the west in Ferry County and working eastward.

But before we get there, we’d like to call your attention to the “Fishing in Neighboring Counties” feature at the end of this article. These links will take you to even more great fishing down the road.

Fishing in Ferry County

These fishing spots are near Republic and other parts of Ferry County.

Curlew Lake

Angler casting from a dock at Curlew Lake State Park
Washington State Parks photo

This is a good-sized lake with lots of different fish to catch and is relatively easy to reach near Republic, along State Route 21.

Curlew Lake’s varied fishery including planted rainbow trout and kokanee, both planted as younger fish to grow into pan-sized and bigger fish.

Speaking of bigger fish, the lake also has a good fishery for largemouth bass and is among just a handful of Washington lakes stocked with tiger muskies to help control northern pikeminnows and provide an opportunity to battle one of these massive but difficult-to-catch game fish.

Feel free to keep as many tasty yellow perch as you want.

While spring through fall will provide the most fishing opportunities, this over 900-acre lake is open all year and at times is good for ice fishing.

Camping, picnicking, and public boat access are all available at Curlew Lake State Park and private resorts. 

Curlew Lake is approximately 15 minutes driving northeast of Republic.

More: Curlew Lake Fishing

Davis Lake

This modest-sized high-elevation lake northwest of Boyds is primarily fished for pan-sized cutthroat trout, which are stocked young and grow to keeper sizes at the lake.

At more than 4,500 feet in elevation in the Colville National Forest, heavy winter snowfall years could impede your access to Davis Lake on opening day, pushing the better opportunity a bit later into spring.

Internal combustion engines are prohibited. 

Ellen, Lake

This fair-sized lake in the Colville National Forest typically offers fair fishing for stocked rainbow trout as well as some warmwater species including largemouth bass and green sunfish.

Lake Ellen is open year-round.

There is a U.S. Forest Service campground and lots of bank access along a Forest Service road.

Lake Ellen sits west of the Columbia River (Lake Roosevelt). It’s north of Inchelium and about 30 minutes driving southwest from Kettle Falls or roughly and hour east from Republic.

Empire Lakes

These three small lakes in a chain (6 acres total) are located about 17 miles north of Republic, at over 3,500 feet elevation in the Colville National Forest.

Eastern brook trout are regularly planted as young fish to grow to catchable size in the largest of the lakes. Brook trout here count toward your daily trout limit.

Open season is from late April through October.

Motorized boats are prohibited.

Ferry Lake

Open year round, Ferry Lake is nicely stocked with hatchery rainbow trout, including 2,500 catchables and 10 times that many very small ones.

Ferry Lake is located in the Colville National Forest about nine miles south of Republic, west of Highway State Route 21 and up Forest Road 53/Scatter Creek. It sits at over 3000 feet in elevation. 

To protect breeding common loons, it is unlawful to use lead weights or lead jigs that measure 1.5 inches or less along the longest axis.

Shoreline access is good around a Forest Service campground.

Fish Lake

This little near-alpine lake, at 3,300 feet elevation, is open year-round.

Anglers primarily target a modest number of catchable-size rainbow trout planted here.

Fish Lake shares its name with a good number of lakes across Washington, but this one located about a mile south of Ferry Lake is one of the smaller ones at only about 4 acres.

Motorized boats are not allowed.

Kettle River

This Columbia River tributary with good access can be fished for trout during the warm season, but there also are options for whitefish and, down lower, even walleye that come up from the big river.

The Kettle River loops into and out of the county from Canada at the top of Ferry County, then plunges back down south to form the northeastern edge of the county. It enters the Columbia in Lake Roosevelt, northwest of Kettle Falls.

The trout season begins Memorial Day weekend and anglers primarily catch rainbows with a few browns in the mix. There are selective gear rules and tight harvest limits that result in relatively few keepers as trout fishing here is often fair at best.

There is a special winter whitefish season and these fish also can be taken during the regular season.

You can harvest walleye that will mostly be caught in lower reaches where the state’s largest reservoir backs up into what is known as the Kettle River Arm, which is regulated as part of Lake Roosevelt.

You might incidentally catch a sturgeon in the Kettle Arm or lower river, but they can’t legally be targeted.

Gas motors are allowed in the section that forms the county’s eastern boundary.

Long Lake

This high-elevation fly fishing-only lake offers pretty good fishing for cutthroat trout, which are planted as young fish and grow to larger sizes for following seasons.

Long Lake is southwest of Republic in the Scatter Creek drainage. This high-elevation seasonal lake is designated as fly-fishing only. Flies may not have lead on them.

There is a U.S. Forest Service campground and boat launch, although motorized boats are prohibited. 

Renner Lake

This small seasonal fishing lake is stocked annually with young brook trout and at times also has been stocked with brown trout.

The brook trout count in a trout limit.

Located in the Colville National Forest, Renner Lake is just west of Barstow and about six miles south of Orient.

There’s a small campground and boat launch site but it is hike-in only. Internal combustion engines are prohibited.

Sanpoil River

This is a pretty good trout stream that a fair number of anglers ignore, producing both rainbows and brookies, some to decent size.

The Sanpoil’s upper forks headwater east of Republic and the mainstem flows south into the Colville Indian Reservation, where tribal fishing rules apply except for at the mouth. See WDFW regulations for specifics there.

There is pretty easy access both off and inside the reservation, especially below Republic where SR-21 follows the river south toward its eventual confluence with the Columbia River.

The lower mainstem can also bring in walleyes and perhaps other gamefish from Lake Roosevelt.

Swan Lake

This approximately 50-acre lake is primarily fished for rainbow trout, which are stocked to the tune of about 25,000 fingerlings or fry per year and grow the larger sizes at the lake.

Open year round, Swan Lake is located about 15 miles southwest of Republic in the Scatter Creek drainage area of the Colville National Forest. 

An improved U.S. Forest Service campground is located on the east shore and access is good around the campground. Motorized boats are not allowed.

To protect breeding common loons, it is unlawful to use lead weights or lead jigs that measure 1.5 inches or less along the longest axis.

Trout Lake

Not surprisingly, Trout Lake offers a popular fishery for trout, specifically rainbow trout planted as young fish that grow into larger rainbows.

Trout Lake is open from late April through October and is located about eight miles west of Kettle Falls, at the southeast end of Hoodoo Canyon.

There is a primitive boat launch at the campground suitable for small boats, but internal combustion engines are prohibited at this high-elevation lake. 

Ward Lakes

Spring and early summer should provide good action for Eastern brook trout, which are planted here as young fish.

These two small lakes are about nine miles north of Republic in the Bacon Creek drainage, a part of the Colville National Forest.

The lakes are open seasonally and the brook trout count toward trout limits. Occasionally winterkill will hurt this fishery the following season.

The county prohibits internal combustion engines on this lake.

Fishing in Stevens County

These fishing spots are near Colville, Kettle Falls and other parts of Stevens County.

Bayley Lake

Although stocked with rainbow trout and home to some brook trout as well, Bayley Lake is strictly regulated for fly fishing and catch and release.

The lake is open to fishing from late April through October, although its inlet stream is off-limits to angling all the time.

Bayley Lake is located in the Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Refuge northwest of Chewelah.

The public access has a boat launch, but motorized boats are prohibited.

WDFW suggests anglers call the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Colville at (509) 684-8384 for the current lake level and fishing conditions.

Big Sheep Creek

This remote upper Columbia River tributary, shared with British Columbia, can be quite good for rainbow and brook trout fishing if you make the effort to get there.

Generally, the rainbows are more common closer you get to the Columbia, and the brookies are more common the closer you get to Canada.

Little Sheep Creek has easier access but likely fewer nice trout than Big Sheep, according to author Terry Sheely.

Black Lake

Often both tiger trout and rainbow trout are stocked here as small fish that grow larger feeding at the approximately 70-acre lake.

Black Lake is 20 miles east of Colville up Gap Creek Road, sitting at about 3,700 feet elevation. This lake opens from late April through October.

Shoreline access is limited, primarily near the boat launch, so a small boat will serve you better. 

Redside shiners also inhabit the lake.

Cedar Lake

This lake just four miles south of the Canadian border can be a good producer of rainbow trout up to 18 inches.

Young trout are stocked in good numbers for the roughly 50-acre lake, which opens to fishing in late April through October. 

Cedar Lake is just north of Leadpoint.

Colville River

This is a good-sized stream that flows into Lake Roosevelt (Columbia River) south of Kettle Falls.

The Colville has some pretty nice-sized trout, especially browns but also a few rainbows.

The biggest issue here is that most of its banks are on private property, so access is often difficult even though U.S. 395 runs near it in the Chewelah and Colville areas.

The lowest section of river gets some of the Lake Roosevelt species moving in, including walleye.

Sturgeon are off-limits here.

Deep Lake

This approximately 200-acre lake is most often fished for rainbow trout and kokanee, both of which are stocked here as younger fish and grow to size in the lake.

Deep Lake also has self-sustaining populations of Eastern brook trout and westslope cutthroat trout, which are caught in smaller numbers.

The lake, about 25 minutes southeast of Northport, is open for fishing from late April through October.

Deer Lake

This large lake best known for trout and kokanee is southeast of Chewelah, a couple miles east of Highway US-395. 

Deer Lake, which is about 1,100 acres, also is stocked with Eastern brook trout and has a population of lake trout. Unlike in some waters, the brookies also count as part of the daily trout limit.

The lake has been stocked with kokanee in the past, and these landlocked salmon can grow quite big here.

Besides the coldwater fish, Deer Lake also is home to both largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch and several types of sunfish and bullheads.

Deer Lake has an atypical season, opening March 1 through November.

A WDFW access provides boat launching, which also is available from a private resort that provides camping and other amenities.

More: Fishing Deer Lake in Northeastern Washington

Elbow Lake

Previously known as Crown Lake, Elbow Lake is open for fishing from late April through October.

Young Eastern brook trout are planted annually to support the lake’s best fishery. The brookies count toward your limit.

Elbow lake is about 10 miles west of Northport in the Colville National Forest.

First Thought Lake

First Thought Lake might not always be your first thought, but this hike-in lake is planted each year with rainbow trout, so it might be worth a thought.

This lake is located just northeast of Orient on the north side of First Thought Mountain.

It’s open to fishing all year.

Gillette Lake

Open year round, this Little Pend Oreille chain lake is stocked with tiger trout and catchable rainbow trout.

Gillette Lake is about 50 acres in size and sits at over 3,000 feet in elevation.

It’s northeast of Colville, just east of Highway SR-20.

There is a Forest Service campground, boat launch and resort.

Hatch Lake

This Colville-area lake is known for often excellent wintertime rainbow trout ice fishing.

Hatch Lake opens to fishing right after Thanksgiving through the end of March.

A WDFW access area provides a gravel boat ramp and toilet.

The best foot access is available when there is safe ice cover on the lake.

Heritage Lake

Heritage is a Little Pend Oreille chain lake best fished for tiger and rainbow trout, which are planted young and grow to catchable size here.

Heritage Lake is just north of Thomas Lake at about 3,000 feet elevation.

This lake is open year-round.  

Jumpoff Joe Lake

Jumpoff Joe Lake is stocked with both rainbow and brown trout, which are its two most popular fisheries.

However, there also is pretty good fishing for largemouth bass and yellow perch, despite a goldfish infestation that cuts into the food supply.

Other fish you might catch at this 100-acre year-round fishing lake include pumpkinseed sunfish and brook trout.

A WDFW access on the east shore has a boat ramp. There is also a resort that offers boat launching, moorage and rentals, camping, RV spaces and other services.

Kettle River

This stream forms the boundary between Stevens and Ferry counties. See the entry under Ferry County above.

Little Twin Lake

Westslope cutthroat trout planted as young fish should produce good catches at this seasonal lake.

Little Twin Lake is east of Colville in the Colville National Forest. It sits at over 3,000 feet of elevation.

Loon Lake

Loon Lake produced a state record lake trout of over 30 pounds back in the 1960s.

The big lake will still turn out pretty big Mackinaw and also is known for its sometimes-excellent kokanee fishery, which are planted in good numbers.

Also planted here a young tiger trout and maybe a smattering of big rainbows.

The lake also is home to largemouth and smallmouth bass, brown bullhead catfish, yellow perch, bluegill and some other fish species.

Just east of Springdale, this large lake is over 1,000 acres.

Its fishing season is from the end of April through October.

A WDFW access and two resorts provide boating access and other services.

Public shoreline access is limited to the area around state boat launch as well as some dock fishing for resort guests.

Loon Lake is located less than 10 minutes east of Springdale.

McDowell Lake

This walk-in lake has strict rules to preserve a sporting fishery for large rainbow trout.

McDowell Lake is open only to fly fishing and is catch and release. No motorized boats are allowed.

The seasonal lake is southeast of Colville and southwest of Park Rapids.

Mudgett Lake

This is a smallish lake stocked with pretty good numbers of rainbow trout.

Located just south of Fruitland, Mudgett Lake opens starting in late April.

Shoreline access is good for much of the lake shore, especially along the road.

Pepoon Lake

Pepoon Lake is fished mostly for rainbow trout and largemouth bass.

At times, trout stocking here has been suspended, but the lake was scheduled for planting with smaller trout at last check.

The lake is west of Northport in the headwaters of Rattlesnake Creek and offers year-round fishing.

Access is somewhat limited.

Phillips Lake

Annual plants of brook trout provide the main action at this small, high-elevation lake.

Phillips Lake is north of Chewelah and southeast of Bayley Lake.

Note that the brookies count in your trout limit here at this year-round lake.

Pierre Lake

Pierre Lake is planted with very good numbers of both rainbow and cutthroat trout, as well as more modest numbers of kokanee.

Additionally, the lake is home to largemouth bass, black crappie, bullhead catfish and green sunfish, which will bite best when the water is relatively warm.

The lake is open for fishing all year, but read up on the special regulations restricting lead use to protect loons.

About 100 acres, this lake is located northeast of Orient in Colville National Forest. 

Shoreline access is good around the Forest Service campground.

Potters Pond

Also known as Potter Lake, this small water body is stocked with rainbow trout.

It opens in late April and has good shoreline access.

Potters Pond is located just north of Colville on the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge.

Rigley Lake

This small lake is stocked with modest numbers of catchable and larger rainbow trout around time of its late April opener.

This lake has tight fishing rules requiring selective gear, plus restrictive bag limits for trout.

Internal combustion engines also are prohibited at Rigley Lake, locate northwest of Colville.

Rocky Lake

This small lake is primarily fished for rainbow trout, which are stocked as young fish each year to grow into keepers.

Bank fishing access is good from a DNR area and pull-outs alongside the road.

Rocky Lake is located just south of Colville and opens for fishing in late April.

Roosevelt, Lake

rod in water at lake roosevelt

Washington’s most massive reservoir stretches more than 150 miles and offers one of the state’s most diverse fisheries.

The stars of this show are rainbow trout, kokanee, walleye, smallmouth bass and a fairly recent seasonal white sturgeon fishery.

Other game fish include burbot, lake whitefish and yellow perch.

The reservoir forms much of the boundary between Stevens and Ferry counties.

More: Lake Roosevelt Fishing

Sherry Lake

This lower-most of the Little Pend Oreille chain of lakes offers fishing for stocked tiger and rainbow trout.

The lake opens in late April and spring should offer the best prospects as the rainbows are stocked then as catchables. The tigers are stocked as younger fish.

Sherry Lake is 10 minutes northeast of Park Rapids.

Springdale City Pond (Lucky Duck)

Springdale City Pond is in the town of Springdale and also is known as Lucky Duck Pond.

While open all year, fishing will be best for qualified anglers once it is planted with some good-sized trout, often in April.

It is open to juveniles, seniors, and anglers with a disability who possess a state-issued designated harvester companion card.

Starvation Lake 

This Colville-area lake is nicely stocked with young rainbow trout for its main fishery, with the best fishing in the spring after the late April opener.

A DNR campground provides a nice boat launch and fishing dock.

Starvation Lake is southeast of Colville near the Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Refuge.

Summit Lake

This smallish lake in the Orient area offers a good fishery, especially for rainbow trout stocked young and allowed to grow to size.

A small boat will serve you well as shoreline access is limited to the launch area.

Summit Lake is located northeast of Orient in the Colville National Forest.

The fishing season is late April through October.

Thomas Lake

This lake is open year-round, with generous plants of catchable rainbow trout providing the main attraction and tiger trout boosting the catches.

Thomas Lake is about 15 minutes northeast of Park Rapids between Heritage and Gillette lakes in the Little Pend Oreille chain. The elevation tops 3,000 feet.

This lake is open year-round.

Thomas Lake has a Forest Service campground with good nearby shoreline access.

Waitts Lake

This is an approximately 450-acre lake planted with rainbow trout of all sizes (including net pen-reared trout).

Waitts Lake also is planted with brown trout and has a diverse fishery that also includes largemouth bass, yellow perch and plenty of pumpkinseed sunfish to keep young anglers busy.

While public shoreline access is limited to the boat launch area, private resorts have some fishing docks.

A boat definitely will help you reach more fish.

Waitts Lake isn’t far off State Route 231 near the community of Valley.

More: Waitts Lake Fishing

Williams Lake

This is another winter-only lake, and its primary quarry are rainbow trout mostly in the 10- to 13-inch range.

The rainbows are stocked both as catchables and young fish.

Williams lake is usually ice-covered during its open season, and at that time walk-in access is good.

Williams Lake is north of Colville via Williams Lake Road and opens to fishing from the Friday after Thanksgiving through March.

Fishing in Pend Oreille County

These fishing spots are near Newport, Ione, Metaline Falls and other parts of Pend Oreille County.

Bead Lake

This good-sized lake north of Newport isn’t your typical put-and-take trout lake because, in fact, trout aren’t stocked here.

But don’t worry, the lake trout, kokanee and burbot found in this 700-plus acre lake pretty much take care of themselves and are waiting for you to catch them.

There also are lots of northern pikeminnows that most anglers would rather not catch.

This is a good ice-fishing lake, particularly for the cold-loving Mackinaw and burbot.

And lake access is actually better when ice conditions are safe in the winter, when anglers on foot can fish wherever they want.

At other times of the year, bank access is somewhat limited, primarily to around the U.S. Fish and Wildlife boat launch, where parking is pretty limited.

Big Meadow Lake

This seasonal fishing lake receives young hatchery rainbow trout and fattens them into 10- to 16-inch trout.

Shoreline access is good at several spots at Big Meadow Lake, including along an earthen dam and from a fishing dock at this relatively high-elevation lake.

There are lead tackle restrictions here. See state regulations.

The approximately 80-acre lake is located west of Ione.

Boundary Reservoir

This Pend Oreille River reservoir on the Canadian border has quite a lot of different fish species, and is one place in Washington where the invasive northern pike can be caught.

There are good numbers of smallmouth bass and also largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, other warmwater fish including a few walleyes, and a modest number of trout including brown, brook, rainbow and cutthroat.

The nearly 1,600-acre reservoir has a boat launch and day-use area.

Box Canyon Reservoir

This large reservoir formed by a dam on the Pend Oreille River just north of Ione and stretching to near the Idaho border is mostly fished for a variety of warmwater species, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappie, perch and more.

There also are multiple species of trout here, including some good-sized browns, and the possibility of rainbows, brookies, cutthroat and potentially bull trout. The latter is protected and must be released if you happen to catch one.

As with other Pend Oreille waters, the reservoir also has become home to invasive northern pike, which biologists are hoping to stop from spreading farther down into the Columbia River system. So keep all you want.

Bank fishing is somewhat scarce, so you’ll likely want to fish by boat. There are a couple launches is in the Ione area as well as camping.

Browns Lake

This is a fly fishing-only lake, but not for brown trout as the name might suggest.

Westslope cutthroat that are the main quarry here, thanks to annual plants of young fish. Rainbow trout are also available.

Thanks to catch-and-release rules, some of the trout will grow to good size.

Browns Lake is open seasonally and has some lead tackle restrictions to protect breeding loons. Motors are prohibited.

The lake is located northeast of Cusick in the Kaniksu National Forest.

Caldwell Lake

This lake southeast of Ione is stocked annually with Eastern brook trout, which provide a generally good fishing in the 15-acre spot.

Caldwell Lake is open seasonally for fishing, and brookies count in your daily limit. Gas motors are not allowed.

Carls Lake

Carls Lake, formerly called Browns Lake, is most commonly fished for triploid rainbow trout.

The seasonally open lake is in the Kaniksu National Forest.

The access may be rough, which keeps the angling pressure down and perhaps contributes to better fishing.

The lake is reached via Forest Service roads off SR-20, west of Tiger.

Conger Ponds

These two small ponds northwest of Cusick are stocked every spring with rainbow trout.

They are open seasonally, with the best fishing following the plantings. 

Cooks Lake

This lake northwest of Bead Lake is planted with rainbow trout, most of which are catchable size but also a modest number of hefty brood stock fish.

Cooks Lake is reached from Forest Service roads off Boswell Road, in the mountains of Kaniksu National Forest.

Crescent Lake

This lake barely south of the Canadian border is fished for both triploid rainbow trout and westslope cutthroat trout, both of which are planted as young fish and grow to size at the lake.

The seasonal lake, which is about 20 acres, is located north of Metaline Falls.

Davis Lake

This decent-sized lake is planted with rainbow and cutthroat trout as well as kokanee salmon.

The rainbows are often the triploid variety and are stocked in about April, so spring will certainly offer good fishing.

David Lake also has self-sustaining populations of other fish, including brook trout, largemouth bass and sunfish. Other fish you might catch in the year-round lake, which is over 100 acres, include black crappie, brown bullhead and yellow perch.

Public access with boat launch can be found on the north end of this 100 plus-acre lake.

Davis Lake is about 10 minutes south of Usk.

Deception Lake

This hike-in lake east of Ione is typically planted with rainbow trout as long as it has enough water.

This is a beautiful spot so the fish are a bonus, but you’ll do best if you pack in a float tube.

Diamond Lake

This is quite a large lake with good numbers of mostly triploid rainbows and brown trout stocked as smaller trout that need to put on a bit of weight to reach keeper status.

The lake, which is over 700 acres, also holds largemouth bass, yellow perch and bullhead catfish.

Diamond Lake is located adjacent to U.S. 2 southwest of Newport.

Public access to the shoreline is somewhat limited around the boat launch, so you’ll likely do better with a boat.

There also is a resort.

More: Diamond Lake Fishing

Fan Lake

This lake is inside Pend Oreille County but just northeast of Deer Park in Spokane County, the next lake up from Eloika Lake.

Unlike the larger Eloika, 75-acre Fan Lake is stocked with catchable triploid rainbow trout for fair spring trout fishing.

Like Eloika, there also are a mixture of warmwater fish including largemouth bass and panfish, plus some brook trout.

Shoreline access is good along the road. Internal combustion engines are not allowed.

Frater Lake

This member of the Pend Oreille chain of lakes is stocked with catchable rainbow and young westslope cutthroat trout.

Unlike other lakes in the chain, Frater Lake doesn’t always connect to its sister lakes.

There is no boat launch, but car-toppers can be launched from shore.

The seasonal fishing lake is on the north side of SR-20, southwest of Ione.

Half Moon Lake

This small alpine lake in the Kaniksu National Forest is planted with westslope cutthroat trout and also is home to brook trout.

Half Moon Lake is located northeast of Usk.

Horseshoe Lake

This year-round lake northwest of Elk is stocked with rainbow trout and also offers a wide variety of other species to catch.

For coldwater fishing, there also are lake trout and kokanee.

Warmwater species here include black crappie, largemouth bass, yellow perch, sunfish and bullhead catfish.

A boat will serve you best here as there is limited shoreline access, primarily at the boat ramp.

Lead King Lakes

These small lakes are stocked with young triploid rainbow and westslope cutthroat trout.

The lakes are open seasonally beginning in late April.

Lead King Lakes are located along Boundary Road (on the way to Boundary Dam) north of Metaline Falls.

Ledbetter Lake

This smallish lake north of Metaline is listed on recent WDFW schedules as being stocked with young triploid rainbow trout and is listed in regulations as seasonally open for fishing, although previous information suggests that it has been closed to the public in the past due to trash and vandalism.

Leo, Lake

This high-elevation lake southwest of Ione is stocked with both tiger and rainbow trout and also has somewhat small crappie, perch and sunfish.

Lake Leo is located off Highway SR-20.

There is a campground and launch on the north end of the lake. 

Little Lost Lake

This five-acre seasonal lake is modestly stocked with rainbow trout but can offer some pretty good fishing at times.

Little Lost Lake is located northwest of Ione.

Little Spokane River (forks)

This river’s East Fork feeds the Chain Lakes mentioned separately in this article and also has its own fishing for rainbow and brook trout, most of which are pan-sized or smaller.

The West Fork has the same species of trout, especially up higher, as well as some warmwater species, primarily below Horseshoe Lake.

Marshall Lake

This is a good-sized lake, nearly 200 acres, and is stocked with large numbers of cutthroat trout, including catchables and lots of smaller fish.

Marshall Lake also has largemouth bass and opens to fishing in late April.

This is another lake where a boat is your best option, as bank fishing access is limited to the boat launch area.

The lake is located northwest of Newport, on the other side of the Pend Oreille River.

Muskegon Lake

This small lake has at times been planted with westslope cutthroat trout.

The fishing rules are strict here, with selective gear and reduced harvest limits for trout.

Also known locally as Moss Keg Lake, Muskegon Lake is located southeast of Metaline Falls in Kaniksu National Forest.

Internal combustion motors are prohibited at this seasonal high-elevation lake.

Mystic Lake

Westslope cutthroat trout are planted as young fish that tend to grow somewhat slowly in this low-nutrient lake, which is located east of Usk in Kaniksu National Forest.

It is open seasonally.

There is a popular Forest Service campground and shoreline access is good around the entire lake.

Nile Lake

The brook trout can run pretty thick here, supplemented with annual stockings of catchable rainbow trout.

Nile Lake is open all year and is located southwest of Ione in the Colville National Forest.

You can launch a small boat from the shore but don’t bother with a big watercraft.

No Name Lake

This humorously named lake sits just west of Bead Lake and is primarily fished for westslope cutthroat trout, which are planted as young fish.

There also are bullhead catfish to catch in this seasonal lake.

No Name Lake is located east of Usk in Kaniksu National Forest.

A Forest Service campground is available.

Parker Lake

Parker Lake is planted annually with young rainbow trout, which are generally caught after growing into 11- to 13-inch trout.

This small seasonal lake is located north of Cusick.

Pend Oreille River

This Columbia River tributary offers a wide variety of game fish, from multiple species of trout to lots of bass and panfish.

It starts in Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille and then flows into Washington, where it turns north through the county and enters Canada before joining the Columbia River.

Significant sections of the river are dammed into Box Canyon and Boundary reservoirs, which have similar fish species.

The river and its reservoirs have been invaded by northern pike, a species that biologists fear will eventually work its way into salmon-bearing sections of the Columbia River. They encourage anglers to keep any pike they catch.

Note the closure on Kalispel tribal lands, with special regulations for Calispel Slough.

Petit Lake

Westslope cutthroat trout are the main attraction at this small seasonal lake, located at nearly 4,000 feet in elevation.

Petit Lake is located on the northwest side of Diamond Peak, up LeClerc Creek Road from Ruby, in Kaniksu National Forest.

Internal combustion engines are prohibited. 

Priest River

Parts of this primarily Idaho river flow through remote Pend Oreille County and offer fishing for wild cutthroat and brook trout in the Kaniksu National Forest.

Sacheen Lake

This large lake of about 300 acres has a good fishery for a variety of trout, including brook, rainbow and tiger trout stocked at varying sizes that grow further in the lake.

The brookies also count toward your trout limit, by the way.

You may also catch green sunfish, yellow perch and largemouth bass at the year-round lake.

Sacheen Lake is located southwest of Newport along SR-211.

There is a public boat launch on east side, on Sacheen Terrace Drive a short drive off the highway.

There isn’t much bank access, so this is primarily a boating lake.

Cedar Creek Resort does have a fishing dock for its RV guests.

More: Sacheen Lake Fishing

Skookum Lakes

You are likely to catch both Eastern brook and rainbow trout at North Skookum.

The rainbows are stocked in good numbers and the brookies take care of themselves.

Rainbows also are planted in South Skookum Lake, which has lead tackle restrictions.

There is a state campground and a resort at North Skookum and a Forest Service campground and boat launch at South Skookum.

The lakes are located northwest of Usk at fairly high elevation in Kaniksu National Forest.

Sullivan Lake

This giant lake is best known for producing a 22-pound state record brown trout back in 1965, and it also can grow large rainbow, cutthroat and tiger trout.

The lake’s larger population of somewhat smallish kokanee offer a higher volume fishery for these tasty landlocked sockeye salmon, while also feeding the lunker trout. There might be a few brook trout as well.

A strict harvest limiting size and number of trout you can keep helps maintain Sullivan Lake’s reputation for modest numbers but trophy sizes of its trout.

Sullivan Lake also is home to burbot, also known as freshwater ling and often caught through the ice at this year-round lake.

More: Sullivan Lake Fishing

Yocum Lake

Cutthroat trout plants result in nice catches at this seasonal high-elevation lake.

There are prohibitions on most lead tackle and also on gas motors.

Yocum Lake is north of Ruby, across the Pend Oreille River up LeClerc Creek Road.

Fishing in Neighboring Counties

Spokane, Whitman and Lincoln Counties: to the south, lakes loaded with trout, bass, panfish and more within easy reach of Spokane and Pullman.

Okanogan County: To the west, the state’s largest county is loaded with lakes filled with trout, kokanee and other gamefish.

Washington Resources

WDFW Fishing and Stocking Reports
WDFW Fishing Regulations
National Weather Service forecasts