Waitts Lake

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Four miles west of Valley, Waitts Lake is open year-round.  Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout are planted annually, with Largemouth Bass and Yellow Perch available as well.

Public access is available via WDFW Water Access Area (Waitts Lake | Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife).

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Good for ice fishing

Shoreline access: Good - Shoreline access is limited to area around boat launch. Private resorts offer some dock fishing.

WDFW water access areas on this lake

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Stevens
Acreage: 469.70 ac.
Elevation: 1950 ft.
Center: 48.183924, -117.789683
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: WAITTS LK (STEV)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Nov 14, 2019 Brown Trout 700 0.5 FORD HATCHERY
Apr 4, 2019 Rainbow 200 0.33 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 20, 2018 Rainbow 30 0.25 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 20, 2018 Rainbow 170 0.3 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Nov 30, 2017 Brown Trout 800 0.5 FORD HATCHERY
Nov 22, 2016 Brown Trout 200 0.3 FORD HATCHERY
Nov 21, 2016 Brown Trout 1,260 0.3 FORD HATCHERY
Apr 18, 2016 Rainbow 10 2.7 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Mar 28, 2016 Rainbow 250 0.47 SPOKANE HATCHERY
Apr 15, 2015 Rainbow 4,656 2.9 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

Largemouth bass

Fishing improves throughout the spring as waters warm and fish move onshore, peaking during the spawn. Summer is a slight lull though dawn/dusk hours can be very good. Catch improves in Fall as waters cool, vegetation begins to die back, and prey becomes more available. Winter is the hardest time because fish are offshore and slow moving.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year

Yellow perch

Yellow Perch can be caught year-round. Fishing is best in the summer after they finish spawning in April-May. Fish can be readily angled through the summer from both the shore and boat. Catch begins to decline in the fall as water temperatures cool and fish move offshore forcing anglers to pursue them in boats. Successful fishing for Yellow Perch in the winter involves either targeting schools in deep water from boats or through the ice.
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

Brown bullhead

Fishing improves throughout the spring, peaking before the spawning period in May and June. Fishing may pick up in early Fall, followed by a decrease in action as waters cool. Winter is a difficult time to target this species.
Chart of fishing prospects throughout the calendar year