Ancient Lake South

South Ancient Lake is located within WDFW's Quincy Wildlife Area west of Stan Coffin Lake.  The lake is managed for trout, but warmwater species (Largemouth Bass and panfish) are present as well.  Access to the lake is hike-in only.  Camping at or near South Ancient Lake is also an option for anglers.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Not 100% of the shoreline is fishable, but there are some good spots to fish from.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Grant
Acreage: 8.70 ac.
Elevation: 826 ft.
Center: 47.148509, -119.943755
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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

Largemouth bass

Fishing improves throughout the spring as waters warm and fish move onshore, peaking during the spawn. Summer is a slight lull though dawn/dusk hours can be very good. Catch improves in Fall as waters cool, vegetation begins to die back, and prey becomes more available. Winter is the hardest time because fish are offshore and slow moving.

Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year