Jumpoff Joe Lake

Eight miles south of Chewelah just off Highway US 395. This lake is open year-round, with catchable-size Rainbow and Brown trout plants providing some action here. Largemouth Bass and Yellow Perch also do fair despite a goldfish population.

A WDFW access on the east shore has a gravel boat ramp (Jumpoff Joe Lake | Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife). A resort offers boat launching, moorage and rentals, camping, RV spaces, and a variety of other services.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Good for ice fishing

Shoreline access: Good - Shoreline access is limited to area around boat launch.

WDFW water access areas on this lake

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Stevens
Acreage: 114.90 ac.
Elevation: 2034 ft.
Center: 48.136671, -117.690961
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: JUMPOFF JOE LK (STEVENS)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Apr 2, 2013 Rainbow 3,500 2.5 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 2, 2013 Rainbow 580 2.5 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Nov 21, 2011 Brown Trout 244 0.5 FORD HATCHERY
Nov 11, 2010 Brown Trout 181 0.5 FORD HATCHERY
Nov 8, 2008 Brown Trout 255 0.5 FORD HATCHERY
Nov 7, 2007 Brown Trout 250 0.33 FORD HATCHERY
Oct 26, 2006 Brown Trout 250 0.26 FORD HATCHERY
Oct 20, 2005 Brown Trout 250 0.35 FORD HATCHERY
Nov 4, 2004 Brown Trout 175 0.4 FORD HATCHERY
Nov 3, 2003 Brown Trout 425 0.5 FORD 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

Largemouth bass

Fishing improves throughout the spring as waters warm and fish move onshore, peaking during the spawn. Summer is a slight lull though dawn/dusk hours can be very good. Catch improves in Fall as waters cool, vegetation begins to die back, and prey becomes more available. Winter is the hardest time because fish are offshore and slow moving.
Chart of 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

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed Sunfish are ubiquitous in most lowland lakes and readily caught year-round. Fishing is best in the spring and summer, peaking during the spawn in June. Fish move offshore into deeper waters through the fall as water temperatures cool making it more difficult to target them. Winter is the most difficult season to catch Pumpkinseed, but persistent anglers can find nice-sized schools offshore.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year


Jumpoff Joe Lake
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