Downs Lake

The fishing season for this lake begins March 1st and continues through September 30th, Downs warms up earlier than other Spokane County lakes because it's located in the southwest corner of the county and has an average depth of less than 12 feet. With a mild winter, anglers can count on early fishing opportunity for yellow perch, largemouth bass, black crappie and other warmwater fish, along with stocked catchable-size rainbow trout. There is a resort with a small boat launch.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good
Shoreline access is limited to the resort propery and dock on the north end of the lake.

Downs Lake Resort on the north shore provides the only access to the lake.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Spokane
Acreage: 406.10 ac.
Elevation: 1961 ft.
Center: 47.279381, -117.808298
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Fishing prospects calendar

Black crappie
  • January: No Opportunity
  • February: No Opportunity
  • March: Poor fishing - Second half of month
  • April: Good fishing - All month
  • May: Good fishing - All month
  • June: Good fishing - First half of month
  • July: Fair fishing - All month
  • August: Fair fishing - All month
  • September: Good fishing - All month
Yellow perch
  • March: Poor fishing - All month
  • April: Fair fishing - All month
  • May: Good fishing - All month
  • June: Good fishing - All month
  • July: Good fishing - All month
  • August: Fair fishing - All month
  • September: Poor fishing - All month
Brown bullhead
  • March: Poor fishing - All month
  • April: Poor fishing - All month
  • May: Fair fishing - All month
  • June: Good fishing - All month
  • July: Good fishing - All month
  • August: Fair fishing - All month
  • September: Fair fishing - All month
Largemouth bass
  • March: Fair fishing - Second half of month
  • April: Good fishing - All month
  • May: Excellent fishing - All month
  • June: Excellent fishing - All month
  • July: Fair fishing - All month
  • August: Fair fishing - All month
  • September: Good fishing - All month
Pumpkinseed Sunfish
  • March: Poor fishing - All month
  • April: Poor fishing - All month
  • May: Fair fishing - All month
  • June: Good fishing - All month
  • July: Fair fishing - All month
  • August: Fair fishing - All month
  • September: Fair fishing - All month
Rainbow trout
  • March: Good fishing - Second half of month
  • April: Good fishing - All month
  • May: Good fishing - All month
  • June: Good fishing - First half of month
  • July: Fair fishing - First half of month
  • August: Poor fishing - All month
  • September: Fair fishing - All month

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