Badger Lake

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Badger Lake is one of the most popular lowland trout lakes in the region. WDFW annually stocks both Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout fry which drive the fishery.  WDFW also stocks a modest number of Kokanee each year.

When kept clean of nuisance fish species, this lake is one of the best opening day trout lakes in the state.  Badger Lake is a great family fishing destination, whether you enjoy the lake from a boat or try your luck bank fishing from the WDFW access area.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Bank access is limited to the WDFW owned public access. however there is ample room and great opportunity to catch trout from this public access site

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Spokane
Acreage: 217.30 ac.
Elevation: 2178 ft.
Center: 47.350827, -117.628971
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: BADGER LK (SPOK)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Apr 6, 2017 Rainbow 150 0.3 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Mar 30, 2017 Rainbow 5,000 2.5 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 18, 2016 Rainbow 6 2.7 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 6, 2016 Rainbow 1,176 2.8 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 1, 2016 Rainbow 3,843 2.9 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Mar 22, 2016 Rainbow 289 0.47 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Mar 19, 2015 Rainbow 100 0.33 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Feb 25, 2015 Rainbow 360 3 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Feb 25, 2015 Rainbow 640 2.4 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 8, 2014 Rainbow 482 2.5 SPOKANE 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

Westslope cutthroat trout

See chart for details.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year


The Kokanee fishery typically lasts from April-October before the adults leave the lake to spawn in tributaries starting in late-October and early-November. Fishing is best in the spring before they move into deeper water to avoid warming water temperatures, but they can be targeted throughout the summer in deeper offshore areas near the thermocline. There may be a slight uptick in some waters in the fall as adults return to shallower water and move near shore towards spawning tributaries.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year


Badger Lake
Photo by WDFW