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Franklin Roosevelt Lake
Photo of Franklin Roosevelt Lake

This Columbia River impoundment stretches more than 150 miles from Grand Coulee Dam into Canada and is managed cooperatively between WDFW, the Colville Confederated Tribe of Indians and The Spokane Tribe of Indians. Fishing season is open year-round, except for sturgeon, which are closed to fishing all year. Rainbow Trout, Kokanee, Walleye and Smallmouth Bass are the star attractions. Cooperative net-pen rearing projects at numerous locations provide the Rainbow Trout fishery. The cooperative net-pen project plants approximately 750,000 triploid catchable Rainbow Trout annually into Lake Roosevelt. Check the latest regulations pamphlet for special trout and Kokanee rules and redefined San Poil River boundaries. Other fish available to catch are Burbot, Lake Whitefish, and Yellow Perch. Bow-and-arrow fishing for Common Carp is prohibited.

Lake Roosevelt is one of the waters on which we conduct our annual Fall Walleye Index Netting (FWIN) surveys.  The FWIN methodology was developed in Ontario, Canada as a means of monitoring a wide variety of biological parameters in Walleye populations in a standardized fashion using gill nets.  Our latest report can be found here.  http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01600/

The National Park Service operates 35 recreation areas along the 660 miles of shoreline. Maps are available at the dam's visitor center and WDFW Spokane office.  Water level fluctuations can be a problem for boat launching. For current water level information, call (800) 824-4916. The Washington Department of Health (DOH) has issued this fish consumption advisory for Lake Roosevelt due to mercury contamination: pregnant women, women of childbearing age, and children under six years of age should eat no more than two meals of walleye (8-ounce portion) a month. For more information, check the DOH website at www.doh.wa.gov/fish or with the DOH office of Environmental Health Assessment toll-free at (877) 485-7316.


Fishing Prospects Calendar

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BurbotExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - 1st half of monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - 2nd half of monthExcellent fishing - All month
KokaneeExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthGood fishing - All month
Rainbow troutExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All month
Smallmouth bassPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthPoor fishing - All monthFair fishing - 2nd half of monthGood fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthFair fishing - 1st half of monthPoor fishing - All month
WalleyePoor fishing - All monthFair fishing - 2nd half of monthGood fishing - 2nd half of monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthGood fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthGood fishing - 1st half of monthPoor fishing - All month
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Fishing Expectation

Excellent

Excellent Good Good Fair Fair Poor Poor
Type of Opportunity Full Month Full month 1st half of month only 1st half only 2nd half of month only 2nd half only No opportunity No opportunity

Species you might catch

Black crappie
Bluegill
Brook trout
Brown bullhead
Brown trout
Chinook salmon
Crawfish
Lake Whitefish
Largemouth bass
Mountain whitefish
Pumpkinseed
Tiger trout
Yellow perch

Lake Information

Stevens County
Lake Acreage: 77,684.5
Elevation: 1,293 feet
Eastside Washington

Lake Management Type
Mixed species - Trout emphasis

Sport Fishing Regulations & Seasons

Emergency Rule Updates
Fishing closures and openings happen constantly throughout the year. The E-Rules keep you up-to-date.


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