Stirrup Lake

Stirrup is a small, shallow 9 acre (elev. 3,550) lake southwest of Keechelus Reservoir near Meadow Pass in the Wenatchee National Forest (Kittitas County). The lake has a population of naturally reproducing Eastern Brook Trout. A variety of small spoons, spinners or flies would be effective for catching brookies in Stirrup Lake.

Getting here:

Access from I-90 at Stampede Pass exit & proceed on USFS Rd 5483 and Rd 118 to Meadow Pass and the PCT Trail. Short hike to the lake from the PCT. Old clear cuts growing back in the area may obscure portions of the Stirrup Lake Trail.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Kittitas
Acreage: 8.90 ac.
Elevation: 3550 ft.
TRS: T21R11E SEC20
Center: 47.295299, -121.424478
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Fish stocking info

Release Location: STIRRUP LK (KITT)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Jul 16, 2000 Rainbow 910 545 TOKUL CR HATCHERY
Jul 27, 1997 Rainbow 730 457 TOKUL CR HATCHERY
Sep 12, 1995 Rainbow 910 420 ARLINGTON HATCHERY

Fishing prospects calendar

Rainbow trout

Fishing success for Rainbow Trout is generally best in the spring when thousands of fish are stocked statewide, but they can be caught year-round in most waters with a little patience and persistence. Success remains high into June and gradually declines as water temperatures increase and fish move offshore to stay cool. Fish that escaped the spring harvest return to the nearshore areas in the fall as waters cool off. Some waters may also be stocked again in the fall further boosting catch rates.
Chart showing fishing prospects throughout the calendar year


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