Fishing & Hunting

Fishing

Summer Fishing 

Explore more than 200 high mountain lakes, 400 lowland lakes, 200 water and wildlife access areas and 300,000 acres of publicly owned land. This is the number one recreational fishing region statewide - that includes warm water fisheries and cold water trout and steelhead fisheries. It also boasts the most popular bass fishing sites in the state.

For the wheel chair bound Okanogan Country offers many fishing opportunities. Persons in wheel chairs may visit Sidley lake near Molson which is along a paved road. This is a slower part of Okanogan Country and you will find fishermen and women along the road in their chairs.

Conconully is a small resort town in the Cascade foothills. Its two reservoir lakes offer spectacular fishing. Conconully's annual Trout Derby is held opening weekend of fishing season. (877-826-9050).

The Methow Valley offers excellent fishing in Little and Big Twin Lakes, Pearrygin Lake and Patterson Lake. Moccasin Lake is a premiere, private fishery offering rainbows up to 10 pounds.

Call 509 996-4735. The Methow River also offers wonderful catch and release fly fishing.

LAKES IN THE AREA

Aeneas Lake
27 acres. 20 miles SE of Tonasket. Fly fishing only, no motors. Rainbow and brown trout. One-fish daily limit. Restroom.

Alta Lake
184 acres. 2.25 miles SW of Pateros. State park and private resort available, public access. Rainbow trout.

Big Twin Lake
79 acres. 2 miles S of Winthrop. Resort and public access with restroom. Selective gear rules. Rainbows plus Lahontan cutthroat.

Blue Lake
160 acres. About 10 miles N of Conconully. Rainbow and brown trout. One-fi sh daily limit, selective gear rules. Gravel launch, restroom. Disability access.

Bonaparte Lake
160 acres. 18 miles NE of Tonasket. Resort, fi shing pier at USFS campground. Kokanee, rainbows, mackinaw, and brook trout.

Buffalo Lake
541 acres. About 5 miles NE of Elmer City. Kokanee, small and largemouth bass, eastern brook trout. Public access.

Chopaka Lake
149 acres. About 6 miles N of Loomis. Rainbow trout. Restroom, camping. No motorized boats. Fly fishing only.

Columbia River
Multiple boat launches, world-famous fishing and water recreation opportunities.

Conconully Lakes
313 acres. Near Conconully. Rainbow trout, largemouth bass. Gravel boat launches, restrooms.

Conconully Reservoir
450 acres. Rainbow trout. Boat launches, resort, restrooms.

Curlew Lake
870 acres. N of Republic. Rainbow trout, largemouth bass, Tiger muskies must be released under 36 inches. Camping, resorts, public boat access. State park.

Fish Lake
102 acres. About 4.5 miles NE of Conconully. Rainbow trout. Boat launches, restroom. Disability access.

Forde Lake
24 acres. About 6.5 miles S of Loomis. Brook trout. Disability access.

Green Lakes
Green, 45 acres, Lower Green, 9 acres. About 5 miles NW of Omak. Catch-and-release. Rainbow trout. Boat launch, restrooms. Disability access.

Lake Roosevelt
Damming of the Columbia River produced the 130 mile long lake. Excellent Walleye fishing. Kokanee, small & largemouth bass. Public access.

Leader Lake
159 acres. About 4 miles W of Okanogan. Rainbow trout. Boat launches, restrooms, camping. Leader Lake is open year around for  Rainbow Trout, Bluegill, Crappie, Smallmouth Bass, and Perch with two boat launches, handicap access fishing and a DNR campground.  Careful around that ice in the winter! 

Lost Lake
46 acres. Rainbow and brook trout. Boat launch, restrooms at Forest Service campground. Disability access.

Methow River
(Winthrop/Twisp) Catch and release trout fishing, selective gear rules. River closed to steelhead, dolly varden, bull trout fishing. Camping, public launch sites, resorts.

Columbia River
From Pateros and north to Bridgeport. Chinook salmon and thirty other fishes. Multiple boat launches.

Rufus Woods Lake
By Chief Joseph Dam. Rainbow trout, silvers and walleye. Shore fishing requires Colville Tribe fishing license (available at Bridgeport hardware store.) Boat ramps, 24 feet of dock, state park.

Okanogan River
(Oroville to Brewster) Small and largemouth bass, walleye, perch, crappie, catfi sh, carp. Closed to trout fishing. Public launch sites, lodging nearby.

Omak Lake
3,244 acres. Seven miles SE of Omak. Record for Lahontan Cutthroat trout at 18.04 lbs. set in 1993. Boat access on the north end of the lake.

Osoyoos Lake
5,723 acres, 2,036 US. North of Oroville. Rainbow trout and kokanee. Largemouth and smallmouth bass. State park facilities. Disability access.

Palmer Lake
2,063 acres. 4.5 miles N of Loomis. Smallmouth bass, some largemouth. Kokanee, yellow perch, crappie, burbot, northern pikeminnows. Campgrounds, restrooms, rough boat launch.

Patterson Lake
130 acres. About 3.5 miles W of Winthrop. Rainbow, eastern brook trout. Resort, public access with restrooms and launch.

Pearrygin Lake
212 acres. N of Winthrop. Rainbow trout. State park, public & disability access. Launch and restrooms.

Rufus Wood Lake
51 miles above Chief Joseph Dam; wildlife viewing and bird-watching, boating, fishing, waterskiing & windsurfing.

Sidley Lake
116 acres. Near Molson. Rainbows, daily limit 2. Boat launch, portable toilet at lake.

Sinlahekin Creek
Creek runs north of Conconully, from Blue Lake to Palmer Lake. Brook and rainbow trout. Selective gear rules.

Spectacle Lake
314 acres. About 9 miles NW of Tonasket. Rainbow trout. Three resorts, public access with restroom facilities and launch.

Wannacut Lake
411 acres. Near Oroville. Rainbow trout. Resort and public access with restrooms and launch.

Whitestone Lake
173 acres. About 5 miles N of Tonasket. Largemouth bass, bass slot limit. Good access with launch, restrooms. Camping. Disability access.

Winter Fishing

Enjoy a winter angling vacation in Washington by catching species like walleye, steelhead, crappie and more. The state’s winter fisheries are generally open November through March (and some year-round) providing you plenty of opportunities to catch your favorite winter game fish. Open waters available on the Coumbia, Methow and Okanogan Rivers. Always go to the State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife for current regulations and restrictions. 

Suggested Ice Fishing Opportunities 
(depending on weather, temperature, etc. Always check with WDFW before heading out!)

  • Davis Lake 
  • Cougar Lake
  • Campbell Lake
  • Rat Lake
  • Green Lake
  • Palmer Lake
  • Osoyoos Lake
  • Sidley Lake
  • Lake Bonaparte
  • Beaver Lake
  •  Beth Lake

Hunting

Hunting opportunities, ranging from upland game birds and waterfowl to big game such as elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, bear, and cougar, abound in Okanogan Country. Thousands of acres of federal and state public lands in Washington State make the area one of the West’s premier venues for rifle, black powder and shotgun enthusiasts as well as for bow hunters. Logging roads provide access to a variety of both big and small game in the gorgeous public lands of North Central Washington State. Okanogan County Hunting lodges and cabins cater to seasonal hunters in addition to campgrounds. Okanogan County's vast public lands in the Methow Valley, Okanogan Valley and the Okanogan Highlands offer an amazing variety of species. Big Game species include Mule Deer, White Tail Deer, Bear, Elk, Moose, Bighorn Sheep, Mountain Goat and Cougar. Small game includes bobcat, coyote, fox, raccoon, lynx, badger, beaver, rabbits and hare.

With over 600 lakes, North Central Washington provides some of the best bird hunting in the Pacific Northwest. Migratory waterfowl and upland game bird species include Pheasant, Wild Turkey, Grouse, Quail, Chukkar, Ptarmigan, Goose, and Duck.

Washington State annually publishes game regulations. See these directories for rules and bag limits. License and proper tags are required. Please refer to the following websites and resources before you plan your hunt. Respect private property and consider hiring a local outfitter or guide to help you make the most of your Okanogan Country adventure.

Department of Fish & Wildlife
800 833-6388 | www.wdfw.wa.gov

Bureau of Land Management
www.blm.gov

Department of Natural Resources
www.dnr.wa.gov

United States Forest Service
(509) 664-9200 | www.fs.fed.us

 



Alta Lake State Park

Description: A 181 acre camping park where the mountainous pine forests meet the desert. Alta Lake is about 2 miles long and offers good trout fishing during summer months. State park, public access, fishing, swimming, boating, water recreation.

Address: Alta Lake Rd, Pateros, WA 98846
Phone: 509 923-2473
Website: http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=Alta%20Lake

Colville Confederated Tribes

Address: PO Box 150, Nespelem, WA 99116
Phone: 509 634-4711
Phone Alt.: 800-881-7684
Email: kyle.desautel@colvilletribes.com
Website: http://www.colvilletribes.com/

Conconully State Park

Description: Conconully State Park is an 81-acre camping park with 5,400 feet of freshwater shoreline in north central Washington. Established as the oldest Bureau of Reclamation irrigation project in this part of the country, the park dates back to 1910. State Parks assumed administration in 1945. Boat ramps, fishing, horseshoe pits, mountain biking, wildlife viewing.

Phone: 888-226-7688
Website: http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=conconully

Curlew State Park

Description: 123-acre camping park, 8 miles from the Stone Rose public fossil dig and the charming goldrush town of Republic. “The Lew” is one of the most relaxing campgrounds in Washington, a great destination for a quiet day-trip or overnight adventure.

Phone: 888-226-7688
Website: http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=Curlew%20Lake

Eden Valley Guest Ranch

Description: Lodging in 10 fully furnished 1-bedroom cabins with great views and high speed wireless Internet. One is wheel chair accessible. Catered events in the beautiful Eden Valley Lodge. Special menus include: vegan, vegetarian and historic Highland cuisine. Trail Rides on the mountain for beginners to expert. A variety of horses fit a variety of riders. Horse Hotel – 10 well-spaced corrals, large trailer parking area, water, compost area and more. Amenities: Picnic area with campfire, tables, seating and two large BBQs. Child play area features a enormous sand pile and out door toys in addition to a basket ball hoop area on concrete pad. Child & Dog Friendly, Car Accessible year round and motorcycle and bicycle accessible spring/summer/fall. Wildflower tours * History Tours * Concierge for the Okanogan Highlands. Our Trail System welcomes hikers, mountain bikers, horses, dogs and has limited ATV access for ingress/egress to US Forest Service. In winter the trails are for snowshoers, cross country skiers and snowmobilers. We also have Tube Hill.

Address: 31 Eden Valley Lane, Oroville, WA 98844
Phone: 509-485-4002
Email: info@edenvalleyranch.net
Website: http://www.edenvalleyranch.net

Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

Description: 27 public campgrounds and boat-in-only campgrounds. Facilities vary in each. Some campgrounds have individual sites, as well as large groupsites that can be reserved. Individual sites have a fire ring, picnic table and paved parking pads that are either pull-through or back-in pads. Campgrounds have sites that will fit most large RVs. There are no hook-ups in any of the campgrounds

Address: 1008 Crest Drive, Coulee Dam, WA 99116
Phone: 509-633-9441 x.130
Website: http://www.nps.gov/laro/index.htm

Okanogan National Forests

Description: The Okanogan National Forest offers a variety of recreational opportunities for the adventurer. With over 800 miles of wilderness trails to explore by foot or horse you could spend weeks just enjoying the back country. There are also barrier free trails for individuals with disabilites. Motorbike, mt. bike, snowmobile, and other recreational vehicles also have opportunities tojoin the fun.

Address: 1 W Winesap, Tonasket, WA 98855
Phone: 509-486-2186
Website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/okanogan

Pearrygin Lake State Park

Description: A 743-acre camping park in the Methow Valley. Features expansive green lawns leading to 11,000 feet of waterfront on Pearrygin Lake, which offeres swimming, fishing, boating, camping, watersports.

Address: 561 Bear Creek Rd, Winthrop, WA 98862
Phone: 509 996-2370
Website: http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=Pearrygin%20Lake

Spectacle Lake Resort

Description: Amenities for all our guests include heated pool, docks, horseshoe pits, volleyball, play area, swings, sandbox, boat launch, boat & motor rentals, recreation room, exercise room and cookout shelters.

Address: 10 McCammon Road, Tonasket, WA 98855
Phone: 509-223-3433
Email: spectaclelake@okcom.org
Website: http://www.spectaclelakeresort.com
 

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