Lake Ellen is open year-round, and is located fourteen miles north of Inchelium, at 2300 feet elevation in the Colville National Forest. This lake was rehabilitated in fall 2008 to remove illegally introduced warmwater species, which have been illegally reintroduced and are present in the lake again. 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.
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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
Acreage: 75.50 ac.
Elevation: 2266 ft.
Center: 48.498261, -118.259807
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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.
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.