Silver Nail Lake

Located near Oroville.  A year round juvenile only water that provides good fishing for catchable size (10-11 inch) rainbow trout during the early spring and summer months.  Best fished from a small boat and/or float tube.  There is a WDFW parking area, but boats will need to be hand carried to lake edge.

Two-pole fishing is NOT allowed

Special fishing restrictions:

  • Open for juvenile anglers, senior anglers and anglers with a disability who possess a designated harvester companion card only.

Shoreline access: Good - There are some shore access areas, but in limited amount around the lake.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Okanogan
Acreage: 5.80 ac.
Elevation: 1012 ft.
Center: 48.993217, -119.464077
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: SILVER NAIL LK (OKAN)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Apr 29, 2020 Rainbow 150 2.34 WELLS HATCHERY
Apr 24, 2019 Rainbow 81 1.86 WELLS HATCHERY
May 16, 2017 Rainbow 150 2.5 WELLS HATCHERY
Jun 7, 2016 Rainbow 200 2.5 WELLS HATCHERY
May 1, 2015 Rainbow 200 2.5 WELLS HATCHERY
May 2, 2014 Rainbow 350 2.5 WELLS HATCHERY
May 3, 2013 Rainbow 200 2.6 WELLS HATCHERY
May 4, 2012 Rainbow 150 2.2 WELLS HATCHERY
May 24, 2011 Rainbow 200 2 WELLS HATCHERY
May 20, 2010 Rainbow 100 2.2 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


Silver Nail Lake
Photo by WDFW