Rufus Woods Lake

Located upstream of Chief Joseph Dam, Rufus Woods Reservoir is 51 miles long.  Year round open season.  Trout daily limit is two (2) over 14 inches.  On the waters of Rufus Woods, or within designated fishing areas (DFA), which are located and marked as such on the Colville reservation shoreline, either a tribal permit or Washington State fishing license shall be acceptable.  A Washington State license is required when fishing from the Douglas County shoreline.  Walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, and kokanee are also available.  There is a state park with camping and boat launching facilities, an Army Corps of Engineers access area with boat launch, along with several access areas along the Colville side of the reservoir.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good
Shore access limited to Colville side of the reservoir and several spots on the state side just upstream from Chief Joseph Dam

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Okanogan
Acreage: 8022.50 ac.
Elevation: 950 ft.
Center: 48.115698, -119.294834
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Fishing prospects calendar

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