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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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: MOUNTAIN LK (SAN)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Jun 9, 2014 Rainbow 463 0.67 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL
May 31, 2012 Rainbow 463 0.7 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL
May 13, 2011 Rainbow 447 07 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL
Apr 26, 2010 Rainbow 470 0.7 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL
May 11, 2009 Rainbow 452 0.67 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL
May 5, 2008 Rainbow 449 0.7 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL
May 14, 2007 Rainbow 949 0.666 NISQUALLY TROUT FARM
May 15, 2006 Rainbow 785 0.666 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL
May 16, 2005 Rainbow 800 0.59 TROUT LODGE COMMERCIAL

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