Located five miles north of Brewster off Paradise Hill Road. Rat Lake regulations were changed in 2018 to a year round fishery with a limit of two trout over 14 inches. Expect rainbow trout in the 11-15 inch range, along with brown trout to 16 inches. There is a WDFW access area with concrete boat launch site. A lake rehabilitation project was performed in 2015 to remove illegally planted bullhead that had overtaken the lake and competed with the trout for nutrients. Since that time, the trout fishery has performed extremely well.
Two-pole fishing is allowed
Good for ice fishing
- Selective gear rules in effect
Shoreline access: Good - Shore access restricted to west side of lake within DNR propertyWDFW water access areas on this lake
Species you might catch
Acreage: 61.80 ac.
Elevation: 1673 ft.
Center: 48.180743, -119.801692
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Fishing prospects calendar
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.