Carls Lake

Located about two miles as the crow flies southwest of Tiger at 3,150 feet elevation in the Kaniksu National Forest, Carls Lake is open from the fourth Saturday in April through October 31.  This lake was formerly called Browns Lake, and is still identified as such on some maps.  Rainbow Trout fry and catchable plants at this productive lake produce yearlings nine to 11 inches and carryovers up to 14+ inches. Winterkill conditions can limit the success of this fishery.

Access is rough (which contributes to the good fishing!) by driving approximately 1.5 miles on USFS Road #510 from its junction with State Highway 20 about 4 miles west of Tiger.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Shoreline access is decent.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Pend Oreille
Acreage: 8.00 ac.
Elevation: 3129 ft.
Center: 48.6604, -117.441216
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: CARL LK (PEND)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
May 21, 2018 Rainbow 1,600 2.8 FORD HATCHERY
Apr 13, 2016 Rainbow 1,560 3 FORD 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