Franklin Roosevelt Lake

This Columbia River impoundment stretches more than 150 miles from Grand Coulee Dam into Canada and is managed cooperatively between WDFW, the Colville Confederated Tribe of Indians and The Spokane Tribe of Indians. Fishing season is open year-round, except for sturgeon, which are subject to special rules and seasons (see https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/erules/erule.jsp?id=2126 for details). White Sturgeon, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee, Walleye and Smallmouth Bass are the star attractions. Cooperative net-pen rearing projects at numerous locations provide the Rainbow Trout fishery. The cooperative net-pen project plants approximately 750,000 triploid catchable Rainbow Trout annually into Lake Roosevelt. Check the latest regulations pamphlet for special trout and Kokanee rules and redefined San Poil River boundaries. Other fish available to catch are Burbot, Lake Whitefish, and Yellow Perch. Bow-and-arrow fishing for Common Carp is prohibited.

Fishery managers in Washington state and British Columbia began sturgeon hatchery programs in the early 2000s in response to a decades-long decline in the white sturgeon population in Lake Roosevelt. Survival rates for those hatchery-produced juvenile sturgeon is higher than was anticipated. As a result, there is a surplus of these fish available for harvest from Lake Roosevelt.  The sturgeon fishery is opened only by emergency regulation.  In order to effectively manage this fishery, rules may vary by year, and anglers should note these changes.  In 2017, a harvest sturgeon fishery opened in Lake Roosevelt for the first time in more than 20 years, and anglers harvested an estimated 3,200 hatchery-origin sturgeon. The 2018 harvest target is 1,000 fish. Anglers should note that the slot limit for 2018 has been tightened significantly since last year in order to focus harvest on fish that are approaching maturity and to slow harvest to a sustainable rate.

Lake Roosevelt is one of the waters on which we conduct our annual Fall Walleye Index Netting (FWIN) surveys.  The FWIN methodology was developed in Ontario, Canada as a means of monitoring a wide variety of biological parameters in Walleye populations in a standardized fashion using gill nets.  Our latest report can be found here.  http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01600/

The National Park Service operates 35 recreation areas along the 660 miles of shoreline. Maps are available at the dam's visitor center and WDFW Spokane office.  Water level fluctuations can be a problem for boat launching. For current water level information, call (800) 824-4916. The Washington Department of Health (DOH) has issued this fish consumption advisory for Lake Roosevelt due to mercury contamination: pregnant women, women of childbearing age, and children under six years of age should eat no more than two meals of walleye (8-ounce portion) a month. For more information, check the DOH website at http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Food/Fish.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good
Numerous access areas provide shoreline fishing access on Lake Roosevelt.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Stevens
Acreage: 77684.50 ac.
Elevation: 1293 ft.
Center: 47.901889, -118.172461
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Fishing prospects calendar

Smallmouth bass
  • January: Poor fishing - All month
  • February: Poor fishing - All month
  • March: Poor fishing - All month
  • April: Fair fishing - Second half of month
  • May: Good fishing - All month
  • June: Excellent fishing - All month
  • July: Excellent fishing - All month
  • August: Excellent fishing - All month
  • September: Excellent fishing - All month
  • October: Good fishing - All month
  • November: Fair fishing - First half of month
  • December: Poor fishing - All month
Walleye
  • January: Poor fishing - All month
  • February: Fair fishing - Second half of month
  • March: Good fishing - Second half of month
  • April: Excellent fishing - All month
  • May: Excellent fishing - All month
  • June: Excellent fishing - All month
  • July: Excellent fishing - All month
  • August: Good fishing - All month
  • September: Good fishing - All month
  • October: Excellent fishing - All month
  • November: Good fishing - First half of month
  • December: Poor fishing - All month
Rainbow trout
  • January: Excellent fishing - All month
  • February: Excellent fishing - All month
  • March: Excellent fishing - All month
  • April: Excellent fishing - All month
  • May: Excellent fishing - All month
  • June: Excellent fishing - All month
  • July: Good fishing - All month
  • August: Fair fishing - All month
  • September: Fair fishing - All month
  • October: Excellent fishing - All month
  • November: Excellent fishing - All month
  • December: Excellent fishing - All month
Kokanee
  • January: Excellent fishing - All month
  • February: Excellent fishing - All month
  • March: Excellent fishing - All month
  • April: Good fishing - All month
  • May: Fair fishing - All month
  • June: Fair fishing - All month
  • July: Good fishing - All month
  • August: Good fishing - All month
  • September: Good fishing - All month
  • October: Fair fishing - All month
  • November: Fair fishing - All month
  • December: Good fishing - All month
Burbot
  • January: Excellent fishing - All month
  • February: Excellent fishing - All month
  • March: Excellent fishing - All month
  • April: Excellent fishing - First half of month
  • May: Fair fishing - All month
  • June: Fair fishing - All month
  • July: Fair fishing - All month
  • August: Fair fishing - All month
  • September: Fair fishing - All month
  • October: Fair fishing - All month
  • November: Excellent fishing - Second half of month
  • December: Excellent fishing - All month

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