Lakes in Spokane County


Amber Lake (117 acres)

Selective gear rules are designed to create a quality fishery at this popular rainbow and cutthroat trout fry-planted lake 11 miles southwest of Cheney. Electric motors are allowed. The trout daily limit from the last Saturday in April through September 30 is two fish over 14 inches. Anglers must release all trout with a missing adipose fin -- only unmarked trout may be retained as part of the legal limit. There is an additional catch-and-release only season from October 1 to November 30. Amber has a public access.

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Badger Lake (244 acres)

This lake 12 miles south of Cheney on the Cheney-Plaza Road was rehabilitated in the fall of 1995. It receives rainbow trout fry each spring. Fishing should be excellent this year. A Mayfly hatch later in the season usually provides great dry fly fishing. Badger has a public access. Open season is from the last Saturday in April through September 30. Disabled accessibility level 1. WCT, Blk Tpa, level.

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Bailey Lake

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Bear lake (34 acres)

Elevation 1869ft. Max Depth 50ft.

Located in a county park off Highway 2 about half-way between Spokane and Newport, this lake offers largemouth bass, Smallmouth Bass, Black Crappie, Yellow perch, Pumpkinseed and planted rainbow trout. Bear Lake changes from juveniles-only to family fishing rules on May 1, 2000: Only juveniles or licensed adults accompanied by a juvenile are allowed to fish. Check with the regional office in Spokane for details. Access depends on whether or not the county park is open. Open season is from the last Saturday in April through October.

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Bonnie Lake

This lake is located SE from Cheney about 15 miles on Cheny-Plaza Road, then go south 1 1/2 miles on a private road.Bonnie Lake has Bass, Crappie, Perch,Sunfish and Catfish.

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Chapman Lake (146 acres)

Elevation 2145ft. Max Depth 160ft.

This lake has a late closure so you can take advantage of good action on its largemouth and smallmouth bass then. Chapman also provides good catches of rainbow trout and kokanee, with a generous kokanee limit; check the regulations pamphlet for details. Open season runs from the last Saturday in April through October 31.

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Clear Lake (374.8 acres)

Elevation 2342ft.

This spring's plants of yearling rainbow and brown trout, along with fall fry plants of both, should provide good action. This lake has also been selected to receive a bonus plant of large triploid rainbow trout (averaging 1-1/2 pounds apiece). These sterile fish can grow to trophy size if not harvested. A good largemouth bass fishery is available here as well. It also has Brown Bullheads in it. Located two miles south of the town of Medical Lake, Clear Lake has resorts and a public access on the south end. Low water conditions can make launching trailered boats very difficult. Small car-top boats, rafts and canoes are recommended. Open season is from the last Saturday in April through October 31.

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Cooks Lake

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Downs Lake (423 acres)

Elevation 1958ft. Max Depth 20ft.

With a mild late winter, anglers can count on largemouth bass, Yellow perch, Pumpkinseed, Brown Bullhead, along with stocked rainbow and brown trout. Downs warms up earlier than other area lakes because it's located in the southwest corner of the county (partially in Lincoln County). There is a resort with a small boat launch. Open season runs from the last Saturday in April through September 30.

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Eloika Lake (659 acres)

Elevation 1920ft. Max Depth 15ft.

Yellow Perch, largemouth bass and Black crappie,and Pumpkinseed in the spring and fall are the best bets at this year-round fishery, located 7 miles north of Chattaroy off the Newport Highway. A few 4- to 6-pound largemouth bass will be caught, but because it takes 8 to 11 years for them to reach that size, many anglers voluntarily practice catch-and-release. Some brown trout yearling plants are made, and a few eastern brook trout are also available. Eloika has several resorts with launches, and a public access south of Gray's Landing. Open year-round.

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Fish Lake (47 acres)

Rehabilitated in fall of 1998, Fish Lake will be planted with 15,000 catchable-size brook trout, 2,000 brood brook trout, plus fry brook trout in April and May of 1999. The lake will provide excellent fishing. Located 2-1/2 miles northeast of Cheney on the Cheney-Spokane Hwy, access is via county park property. Gasoline-powered boats are not allowed. Open season runs from the last Saturday in April through September 30.

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Hog Canyon Lake (53 acres)

Also known as Hog Lake, the winter-only season here should produce nice catches of rainbow trout to 10 or 11 inches. Rehabilitated in fall of 1998, Hog Canyon was restocked with catchable and fry rainbows during spring of 1999 and 2000. Dam construction has been completed, and this water levels should be at a maximum for the winter 2000 season. To find this lake 10 miles northeast of Sprague, take the Fishtrap Lake exit from I-90. Check the regulations pamphlet for winter season and catch limits.

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Horseshoe Lake (67.9 acres)

Elevation 2440ft.

A shallow lake 10 miles west of Nine Mile Falls, Horseshoe gets annual plants of rainbow trout to provide some fair fishing early in the season. It also has Brown Bullheads. Open all year.

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Liberty Lake (711 acres)

Although largemouth bass, Yellow perch and other warmwater species dominate here, yearling and broodstock rainbow trout and yearling brown trout are planted. This lake has also been selected to receive a bonus plant of large triploid rainbow trout (averaging 1-1/2 pounds apiece). These sterile fish can grow to trophy size if not harvested. Walleyes have been planted and may be of legal size by now. Liberty is just 15 miles east of Spokane at the town of Liberty Lake. Public access is available. Disabled accessibility level surfaces, can fish from bank at access. Open season runs from the last Saturday in April through September 30.

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Long Lake (5020 acres)

Elevation 1536ft.

This is actually a reservoir on the Spokane River, created by a hydroelectric dam 23 miles northwest of town. It provides good largemouth bass, Smallmouth Bass, Yellow perch, Black crappie, Pumpkinseed and bullhead fishing, plus an occasional northern pike. Planted catchable-size brown trout are also taken, and smallmouth bass have been stocked. Long Lake is open year-round and has several resorts, plus a DNR camp and boat launch off the Nine Mile Falls road.

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Mason Lake

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Medical Lake (149 acres)

Elevation 2394ft. Max Depth 60ft.

This selective gear rules lake is open during a limited season in compliance with local ordinances of the town of Medical Lake. Brown trout are the target here, with regular plants providing catches in the 15-inch range. Also holds Largemouth Bass. Check the pamphlet for any special regulations.

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Newman Lake (1190 acres)

Elevation 2124ft. Max Depth 30ft.

This lake 14 miles east of Spokane on Highway 290 has something for everybody: largemouth bass, Smallmouth Bass, bluegill, Black crappie, Yellow perch, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, catfish, plus some rainbow, brown and eastern brook trout. The lake has also been selected to receive a bonus plant of large triploid rainbow trout (averaging 1-1/2 pounds apiece). These sterile fish can grow to trophy size if not harvested. In addition, Newman has been stocked with tiger muskies, with a one-fish, 36-inch minimum size limit; please check your regulations pamphlet for details. There is public access on the east shore, and resorts. Year-round open season. Disabled accessibility Level 1. 3 WCTs, Blk Tpa, level, good WC accessibility.


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North Silver

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Queen Lucas Lake (37 Acres)

Elevation 2129ft. Fish Species Present: Yellow Perch.

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Ring Lake

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Silver Lake (486 acres)

This lake receives a small plant of catchable-size rainbow trout. Because of a large tench population, fishing is expected to be poor for trout. Silver has several resorts and public access on the north shore. Open year-round.


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Spokane Lake

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West Medical Lake (235 acres)

Rainbow trout fry plants, plus catchable-size plants in the spring will provide good fishing for the April opener. This lake has also been selected to receive a bonus plant of large triploid rainbow trout (averaging 1-1/2 pounds apiece). Winter aeration and lots of moisture have greatly improved the outlook for this popular water located about a mile west of the town of Medical Lake. Minimal irrigation withdrawals are critical to annual fish survival and related recreation. Because of expanding goldfish and pumpkinseed sunfish populations, West Medical is scheduled to be rehabilitated in the fall of 2000. The lake has a resort and west shore public access. Open season runs from the last Saturday in April through September 30. Disabled accessibility Level 1.DP, 2 WCTs, Blk Tpa, level, Blk Tpa paths to bankside fishing area. Excellent WC fishing site highly recommended for HC/WC persons.

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Williams Lake (319 acres)

Williams Lake was rehabilitated in the fall of 1995. It is planted with rainbow trout fry annually. Good fishing is expected this year. The Mayfly hatch in mid-May is usually the peak fishing time. Located 12 miles southwest of Cheney via Mullinex Road, it has public access on the northwest shore and several resorts. Shallow water some seasons may limit access for larger boats at the public access site. The lake also has two full-service resorts. Open season is from the last Saturday in April through September.


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