Located about 6½ miles southwest of Ione on the north side of Highway SR-20 in the Colville National Forest (Elevation = 3200 feet), Frater Lake is open from the fourth Saturday in April through October 31. Westslope Cutthroat Trout fry and catchable Rainbow Trout are planted annually and fishing can be good. Northernmost of the Little Pend Oreille chain of lakes, it's the only lake in the chain without a perennial surface-water link to the others.
There is no boat launch, but car-toppers can be launched from shore.
See Washington State Parks website for ADA accessibility information.
Two-pole fishing is allowed
Shoreline access: Good - Some shoreline access around lake.
Species you might catch
County: Pend Oreille
Acreage: 13.60 ac.
Elevation: 3209 ft.
Center: 48.65574, -117.483704
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Fishing prospects calendar
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.
See chart for details.