Starvation Lake

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Almost ten miles southeast of Colville near the Little Pend Oreille Wildlife Refuge at 2370 feet elevation. Open from the 4th Saturday in April through October 31.  Rainbow Trout provide excellent early season fishing, although fishing slows in summer as water temperatures warm in this shallow, productive lake.

This small lake has public access, and fishing dock, and boat launching at the DNR campground.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - DNR campground provides a nice boat launch and fishing dock.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Stevens
Acreage: 27.60 ac.
Elevation: 2370 ft.
Center: 48.491364, -117.711327
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: STARVATION LK (STEV)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Apr 22, 2022 Rainbow 1,001 2.5 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 24, 2019 Rainbow 200 0.33 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 18, 2016 Rainbow 4 2.7 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 6, 2015 Rainbow 2,000 2.5 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Mar 23, 2015 Rainbow 806 0.74 COLVILLE HATCHERY
Mar 30, 1998 Rainbow 35 0.2 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Mar 30, 1998 Rainbow 100 0.29 SPOKANE 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


Starvation Lake
Photo by WDFW