Warden Lake

Warden Lake is located just south of the City of Moses Lake and just west a few miles off State Route17.  For the past three years, Warden Lake has been one of Region 2's best opening day (late-April) lakes.  Anglers average near limits of trout on opening day and experience good fishing through the spring.  Trout range in size from 12-20+ inches.  Occasionally, anglers catch the tiger trout planted into the lake.  This lake is best fished from a boat, but shoreline fishing areas are ample and effective as well.

Two-pole fishing is allowed

Shoreline access: Good - Several areas of the shoreline are fishable.

WDFW water access areas on this lake

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Grant
Acreage: 200.40 ac.
Elevation: 1074 ft.
Center: 46.971015, -119.164773
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Catchable fish plants

Release Location: WARDEN LK (GRAN)
Stock Date Species Number Released Number of Fish Per Pound Facility
Mar 26, 2021 Rainbow 2,812 2.5 COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY
May 1, 2020 Rainbow 2,500 2.23 COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY
Apr 28, 2020 Rainbow 2,346 1.5 MESEBERG HATCHERY
Apr 22, 2019 Rainbow 2,812 2.5 COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY
Apr 5, 2010 Rainbow 6,832 2.8 COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY
Feb 11, 2000 Brown Trout 4,999 2.9 COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY
Feb 11, 2000 Brown Trout 1,000 2.9 COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY
Feb 12, 1999 Brown Trout 5,628 2.8 COLUMBIA BASIN HATCHERY
Feb 18, 1998 Rainbow 5,040 3 COLUMBIA BASIN 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