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
May 12, 2009 Rainbow 25 0.5 WELLS HATCHERY
May 12, 2009 Rainbow 250 1.6 WELLS HATCHERY
Apr 24, 2008 Rainbow 25 1 WELLS HATCHERY
Apr 24, 2008 Rainbow 300 3 WELLS HATCHERY
May 31, 2007 Rainbow 20 0.7 WELLS HATCHERY
May 31, 2007 Rainbow 300 1.8 WELLS HATCHERY
Apr 21, 2005 Rainbow 200 3 WELLS HATCHERY
Jun 9, 2004 Rainbow 20 0.5 WELLS HATCHERY
Jun 9, 2004 Rainbow 300 1.8 WELLS HATCHERY
Apr 15, 2003 Rainbow 100 0.25 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