Molson Lake

Located seven (7) miles northeast of Oroville on Molson Lake Road.  Catchable rainbows planted in spring and fall provide good summer and winter fisheries.  Recent plants of brook trout have done extremely well.  Best fished with a small boat or float tube.  There is a small dirt launch site located at mid lake. 

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Good for ice fishing

Shoreline access: Good - Shore access is limited to parking area only.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Okanogan
Acreage: 20.10 ac.
Elevation: 3705 ft.
Center: 48.988026, -119.206914
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: MOLSON LK (OKAN)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Oct 19, 2022 Rainbow 600 2.5 CHELAN HATCHERY
Oct 11, 2021 Rainbow 1,035 2.3 CHELAN HATCHERY
Oct 22, 2020 Rainbow 1,000 3 CHELAN HATCHERY
Apr 30, 2020 Rainbow 350 2.21 WELLS HATCHERY
Oct 18, 2019 Rainbow 490 2.5 CHELAN HATCHERY
Oct 17, 2019 Rainbow 510 2.5 CHELAN HATCHERY
Apr 25, 2019 Rainbow 350 2.2 WELLS HATCHERY
Nov 14, 2018 Rainbow 500 2.5 CHELAN HATCHERY
Nov 13, 2018 Rainbow 500 2.5 CHELAN HATCHERY
Apr 27, 2018 Rainbow 350 2.2 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


Molson Lake
Photo by WDFW