Lake Ellen

Lake Ellen is open year-round, and is located fourteen miles north of Inchelium, at 2300 feet elevation in the Colville National Forest.  Catchable Rainbow Trout are planted each spring to carry the fishery, which is greatly hindered by competition from overabundant and stunted warmwater species.  Fishing for all species is only fair. A developed U.S. Forest Service campground is available.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - There are numerous shoreline access sites including several pull-offs along the Forest Service road that can be used for fishing.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Ferry
Acreage: 75.50 ac.
Elevation: 2266 ft.
Center: 48.498261, -118.259807
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: LK ELLEN (FERR)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Apr 9, 2024 Rainbow 1,002 2.5 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 18, 2022 Rainbow 2,003 2.5 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 29, 2020 Rainbow 1,002 3 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 20, 2018 Rainbow 2,003 2.5 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 19, 2017 Rainbow 2,000 2.9 FORD HATCHERY
Apr 18, 2017 Rainbow 2,000 2.44 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 14, 2016 Rainbow 2,004 2.65 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 20, 2015 Rainbow 2,133 2.7 FORD HATCHERY
Apr 16, 2015 Rainbow 2,005 2.5 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 23, 2014 Rainbow 3,000 2.5 SPOKANE 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