Hess Lake

Located off Concunully Lake Road six (6) miles east of Riverside.  Best fished early in the season when weed growth is minimal.  Expect to catch rainbow trout in the 10-12 inch range.  Crappie are also present in the lake.  Anglers need to be aware that Hess is located on private property.  Access is by easement along roadway. 

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Shore access mostly from road that runs along lake.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Okanogan
Acreage: 7.90 ac.
Elevation: 1399 ft.
Center: 48.505331, -119.641611
Open in Google Maps

Catchable fish plants

Release Location: HESS LK (OKAN)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Jun 2, 2008 Rainbow 250 2.37 WELLS HATCHERY
Jun 2, 2008 Rainbow 250 2.37 WELLS HATCHERY
Jun 20, 2002 Rainbow 300 3 WELLS HATCHERY

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

Black crappie

Fishing improves throughout the Spring, peaking during the spawn. Summer is a slight lull, while Fall sees an improvement as waters cool, vegetation dies back, and prey becomes more available. During winter, the bite is slower, but anglers can have great success fishing through the ice when conditions are safe.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year