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
May 22, 2012 Rainbow 1,000 2.2 WELLS HATCHERY
Apr 27, 2011 Rainbow 1,000 1.69 CHELAN HATCHERY
Apr 16, 2010 Rainbow 1,000 2.2 WELLS HATCHERY
Apr 28, 2009 Rainbow 1,500 2.89 CHELAN HATCHERY
Apr 16, 2008 Rainbow 1,000 2.69 CHELAN HATCHERY
Apr 27, 2006 Rainbow 3,450 2.8 CHELAN HATCHERY
May 8, 2002 Rainbow 1,301 2.7 CHELAN HATCHERY
Apr 24, 2002 Rainbow 6,760 2.6 CHELAN HATCHERY
May 16, 2001 Rainbow 1,175 2.35 CHELAN HATCHERY
May 9, 2001 Rainbow 3,250 2.6 CHELAN 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