Eloika Lake

This lake is seven miles north of Chattaroy off Highway US-2, with a year-round open season. Largemouth bass, yellow perch, and black crappie in spring, fall and winter through the ice are the best bets. There is a 9-inch minimum size, 10-fish limit on black crappie here. This lake has a reputation as an excellent largemouth bass lake with more than a few 4- to 6-pound bass caught  each year.  Some brown trout yearling plants are made. Eloika has a resort with a boat launch and a WDFW access south of Gray's Landing.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Good for ice fishing

Shoreline access: Good - Shoreline access is limited to dock fishing at Jerry's Landing Resort.

WDFW water access areas on this lake

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Spokane
Acreage: 629.30 ac.
Elevation: 1909 ft.
Center: 48.019451, -117.373205
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Fishing prospects calendar

Largemouth bass

Fishing improves throughout the spring as waters warm and fish move onshore, peaking during the spawn. Summer is a slight lull though dawn/dusk hours can be very good. Catch improves in Fall as waters cool, vegetation begins to die back, and prey becomes more available. Winter is the hardest time because fish are offshore and slow moving.

Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

Yellow perch

Yellow Perch can be caught year-round. Fishing is best in the summer after they finish spawning in April-May. Fish can be readily angled through the summer from both the shore and boat. Catch begins to decline in the fall as water temperatures cool and fish move offshore forcing anglers to pursue them in boats. Successful fishing for Yellow Perch in the winter involves either targeting schools in deep water from boats or through the ice.

Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

Black crappie

Fishing improves throughout the Spring, peaking during the spawn. Summer is a slight lull, while Fall sees an improvement as waters cool, vegetation dies back, and prey becomes more available. During winter, the bite is slower, but anglers can have great success fishing through the ice when conditions are safe.

Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed Sunfish are ubiquitous in most lowland lakes and readily caught year-round. Fishing is best in the spring and summer, peaking during the spawn in June. Fish move offshore into deeper waters through the fall as water temperatures cool making it more difficult to target them. Winter is the most difficult season to catch Pumpkinseed, but persistent anglers can find nice-sized schools offshore.

Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

Brown bullhead

Fishing improves throughout the spring, peaking before the spawning period in May and June. Fishing may pick up in early Fall, followed by a decrease in action as waters cool. Winter is a difficult time to target this species.

Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

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