Sidley Lake

Located seven miles northeast of Oroville on Molson Lake Road.  Year round open season.  Sidley is a popular winter fishery, but recent water quality issues have produced reduced angling success.  Catchable rainbows are planted every spring and fall.  There is a WDFW access site with gravel boat launch.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Good for ice fishing

Shoreline access: Good - Shore access along roadway which parallels lake

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Okanogan
Acreage: 107.30 ac.
Elevation: 3683 ft.
Center: 48.990656, -119.22308
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: SIDLEY LK (OKAN)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Nov 15, 2018 Rainbow 2,000 2.5 CHELAN HATCHERY
Apr 19, 2018 Rainbow 2,000 2.2 WELLS HATCHERY
Nov 7, 2017 Rainbow 3,000 2.8 CHELAN HATCHERY
May 10, 2017 Rainbow 2,000 2.5 WELLS HATCHERY
Oct 25, 2016 Rainbow 4,000 2.46 CHELAN HATCHERY
May 9, 2016 Rainbow 2,000 2.5 WELLS HATCHERY
Oct 7, 2015 Rainbow 4,000 2.5 CHELAN HATCHERY
May 28, 2015 Rainbow 2,000 2.5 WELLS HATCHERY
Oct 30, 2014 Rainbow 4,000 2.48 CHELAN HATCHERY
May 13, 2014 Rainbow 2,500 2.5 WELLS HATCHERY

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


Sidley Lake
Photo by WDFW