Medical Lake

Season opens March 1st and continues through November 30th  This is a very popular lake for flyfishing. Selective gear rules apply so be sure to check the regulations pamphlet for special size limits. In March, April and May this lake has consistent insect hatches that make flyfishing productive.  The late closure in November can make for an excellent opportunity to fish brown trout in the late fall.  If you like to catch large trout this is a lake you should investigate.  Please keep in mind that the boat launch is owned and maintained by the City of Medical Lake and that all types of motors are prohibited on this lake.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Special fishing restrictions:

Shoreline access: Good - Anglers can access this lake from various locations along the trail system around the lake. Users should check land ownership prior to accessing the shoreline.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Spokane
Acreage: 122.70 ac.
Elevation: 2398 ft.
Center: 47.570637, -117.687144
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: MEDICAL LK (SPOK)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Apr 6, 2018 Rainbow 1,500 2.77 FORD HATCHERY
Apr 28, 2011 Rainbow 750 3 FORD HATCHERY
Nov 5, 2002 Brown Trout 599 0.45 FORD HATCHERY
Apr 11, 2000 Rainbow 305 0.25 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Dec 2, 1999 Brown Trout 475 0.3 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


Medical Lake
Photo by WDFW