This lake opens to fishing the first Friday following Thanksgiving, giving anglers an alternative to the Black Friday shopping day.
This lake is in top form and is one of the areas top producing winter-only lakes for trout fishing. The lake is annually stocked with put-grow-and-take, and fry plant Rainbow Trout, and along with the decent carry-over rate, rainbows in excess of 20 inches are not uncommon and provide plenty of action. Fourth of July Lake is a popular destination for fly anglers.
The regulations have now changed allowing anglers to harvest 5 trout of any size daily throughout the open season. Anglers should check the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for additional rules and season information.
Anglers should be aware of periodic low water conditions which makes launching a challenge. Internal combustion engines are not allowed on this lake which allows for a nice peaceful outing. Although this is a winter-only lake, anglers can often find open water conditions during the months of December and March.
Two-pole fishing is allowed
Shoreline access: Good
There is plenty of shoreline fishing access at this lake during open water conditions. When the lake is frozen, opportunities are lake-wide. Please use common sense and check ice conditions prior to ice fishing.
Species you might catch
Acreage: 101.10 ac.
Elevation: 1895 ft.
Center: 47.25243, -117.975721
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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.