Lead King lakes

Located along Boundary Road (on the way to Boundary Dam) about 5.6 miles north of Metaline Falls, and at approximately 2575 feet elevation.  Both Upper and Lower Lead King lakes are open from the Fourth Saturday in April through October 31, and are stocked annually with Rainbow Trout and Westslope Cutthroat Trout.  Cutthroat average 10", with carryovers of 14+" available.  Pumpkinseed Sunfish have been recently observed in these lakes, and have greatly increased in numbers over the past few years.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Shoreline access is limited.

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Pend Oreille
Acreage: 4.30 ac.
Elevation: 2593 ft.
Center: 48.946848, -117.357031
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: LEAD KING LKS (PEND)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Apr 22, 2016 Cutthroat 759 3 FORD 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

Westslope cutthroat trout

See chart for details.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed Sunfish are ubiquitous in most lowland lakes and readily caught year-round. Fishing is best in the spring and summer, peaking during the spawn in June. Fish move offshore into deeper waters through the fall as water temperatures cool making it more difficult to target them. Winter is the most difficult season to catch Pumpkinseed, but persistent anglers can find nice-sized schools offshore.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year


Upper Lead King Lake
Photo by WDFW