Mountain Lake

On Orcas Island, 4.5 miles southeast of East Sound. Open to fishing year-round. Fishing for kokanee is good from late-May to early-June and in the fall. Other opportunities include cutthroat trout, eastern brook trout, and jumbo triploid rainbow trout that are stocked in the spring. The trout daily limit can include only one fish over 18 inches. Moran State Park (Washington State Parks, provides public access and a boat launch.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Undeveloped shoreline.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: San Juan
Acreage: 194.80 ac.
Elevation: 921 ft.
Center: 48.660119, -122.816263
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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

Coastal cutthroat trout (resident)

Fishing is best for Coastal Cutthroat in the spring and fall. There is a summer lull as fish move offshore into deeper waters to escape the summer heat in July and August. Catch is lowest in the late-winter while adults are spawning in tributary streams.

Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year