Ross Lake

This large Skagit River reservoir is 9.5 miles northeast of Newhalem. Open to fishing from July 1 to October 31. Fishing is mainly for large native rainbow trout. Special catch and size restrictions are in effect, plus selective gear rules (except that outboard motors are permitted). Check the regulations pamphlet for details. The lake is closed to the taking of bull trout / Dolly Varden.

There is a public access and boat launch at the north end accessible through British Columbia, and a trail/boat access resort on the south end, plus several boat-access camping sites along the east shore.

Two-pole fishing is NOT allowed

Special fishing restrictions:

  • Selective gear rules in effect

Shoreline access: Good
Undeveloped shoreline with trails.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Whatcom
Acreage: 11493.40 ac.
Elevation: 1519 ft.
Center: 48.949476, -121.079427
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Fishing prospects calendar

Rainbow trout
  • January: Poor fishing - All month
  • February: Fair fishing - All month
  • March: Fair fishing - All month
  • April: Good fishing - All month
  • May: Good fishing - All month
  • June: Good fishing - All month
  • July: Fair fishing - All month
  • August: Fair fishing - All month
  • September: Good fishing - All month
  • October: Good fishing - All month
  • November: Fair fishing - All month
  • December: Poor fishing - All month