Buzzard Lake

Located five miles northwest of Okanogan on Buzzard Lake Road.  There is a WDFW access site with an unimproved boat launch and camping area.  Buzzard Lake can from time to time suffer winterkill, making it necessary to plant catchable rainbows before season opener.  If over winter survival is good, then expect to catch rainbows in the 12-18 inch range.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Special fishing restrictions:

Shoreline access: Good - Poor shore access due to abundant cattails. Best fished from a boat.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Okanogan
Acreage: 11.30 ac.
Elevation: 3367 ft.
Center: 48.418705, -119.715081
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: BUZZARD LK (OKAN)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Apr 17, 2024 Rainbow 300 0.915 WELLS HATCHERY
May 10, 2023 Rainbow 300 1.3 WELLS HATCHERY
May 9, 2023 Rainbow 300 1.3 WELLS HATCHERY
Apr 18, 2022 Rainbow 300 2.44 WELLS HATCHERY
May 11, 2021 Rainbow 200 1.75 WELLS HATCHERY
May 11, 2021 Rainbow 50 1 WELLS HATCHERY
Apr 30, 2020 Rainbow 300 2.21 WELLS HATCHERY
May 8, 2019 Rainbow 300 2.1 WELLS HATCHERY
May 8, 2019 Rainbow 50 1 WELLS HATCHERY
May 10, 2018 Rainbow 300 1.85 WELLS 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


Buzzard Lake
Photo by WDFW