Hatch Lake

Located about five miles southeast of Colville and open for fishing from the Friday after Thanksgiving through March 31. Hatch Lake generally offers excellent Rainbow Trout fishing, but was rehabbed in 2020 to treat an infestation of Yellow Perch illegally introduced to the lake. Hatch will be stocked in spring of 2021 but won't be a viable fishing lake until the following fall. 

The WDFW access area provides a gravel boat ramp and toilet.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Good for ice fishing

Shoreline access: Good - Walk-in access is good when there is sufficient ice cover on lake. Because this is a winter-only fishery, ice-cover is present in most years throughout the fishing season.

WDFW water access areas on this lake

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Stevens
Acreage: 34.70 ac.
Elevation: 2145 ft.
Center: 48.498159, -117.807077
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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

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

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