First Thought Lake

Located about 3 miles northeast of Orient on the north side of First Thought Mountain at 3500 feet elevation. Year-round open fishing season. This small lake is hike-in only, so access can be difficult. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout annually. Expect 8-10 inch fry plants and 11+inch carryovers.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Shoreline access is limited by trees and brush.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Stevens
Acreage: 1.60 ac.
Elevation: 3472 ft.
Center: 48.90388, -118.169269
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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