Smith Lake

Located six (6) miles southwest of Okanogan on DNR property.  Rainbows in the 10-12 inch range.  Difficult lake to find following the 2014 wildfires that burned the access road and surrounding forest.  Best fished from a small boat or float tube.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Shore access restricted due to steep banks along edge of lake

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Okanogan
Acreage: 10.50 ac.
Elevation: 2142 ft.
Center: 48.318321, -119.761122
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: SMITH LK (OKAN) T33
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
May 14, 2019 Rainbow 87 2.1 WELLS HATCHERY
May 23, 2018 Rainbow 200 1.85 WELLS HATCHERY
Jun 15, 2000 Rainbow 300 3 WELLS HATCHERY
Jun 23, 1999 Rainbow 500 2 WELLS HATCHERY
May 21, 1997 Rainbow 300 3 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


Smith Lake
Photo by WDFW