Chukar Lake

Chukar Lake is located within the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge (CNWR) south of Potholes Reservoir.   WDFW fishing regulations and licenses apply to all lakes within this federal refuge.  Vehicle or walk-in access to these lakes is managed by the USFWS.  WDFW recommends that anglers review access and other regulations on the CNWR website.  To access this lake, anglers must either hike from the Corral Lake parking lot or paddle a small boat or float tube through the upper two lakes (Corral and Blythe).  Chukar Lake was rehabilitated in 2007 and since has fished mostly well for rainbow trout ranging in size from 12-20 inches.    

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Shoreline fishing along much of the shoreline, although it's better fished from a float tube or pontoon boat.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Grant
Acreage: 12.40 ac.
Elevation: 908 ft.
Center: 46.957525, -119.274008
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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