Notice: WDFW may conduct a chemical treatment (rotenone) in the isolated ponds near the south shoreline of West Medical Lake to eradicate invasive Goldfish during October.
This lake is an opening day trout managed water which opens each year on the fourth Saturday in April. It continues to be stocked with Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout (including brood, catchables, and fry).
When kept clean of other species, this lake is one of the best producing opening day trout lakes in the state. This lake grows fish rapidly and it is not uncommon to see Rainbow and Brown Trout to 20+ inches. Even though this lake is open to all types of angling, it can be an especially productive lake for flyfishing because of the consistent insect hatches it has in April and May.
It should be noted that while access to West Medical Lake remains available through a WDFW-managed site on the south end of the lake, walk-in shoreline access on the north end, through private property, is no longer legal. The "unofficial" access on the north end was abused by litterers and continues to be posted with "No Trespassing" signs that should be respected.
Two-pole fishing is allowed
Shoreline access: Good - This lake has excellent shoreline fishing access. There is a lot of room close by the WDFW access. Walk-in shoreline access on the north end, through private property, is no longer legal.
Species you might catch
Acreage: 205.80 ac.
Elevation: 2427 ft.
Center: 47.57066, -117.707884
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Catchable fish plants
|Stock Date||Species||Number Released||Number of Fish Per Pound||Facility|
|Mar 24, 2023||Rainbow||250||0.33||SPOKANE HATCHERY|
|Mar 22, 2023||Rainbow||5,255||2.5||SPOKANE HATCHERY|
|Oct 28, 2022||Brown Trout||200||0.5||FORD HATCHERY|
|Mar 28, 2022||Rainbow||250||0.33||SPOKANE HATCHERY|
|Mar 15, 2022||Rainbow||5,001||2.5||SPOKANE HATCHERY|
|Oct 13, 2021||Brown Trout||200||0.3||FORD HATCHERY|
|Mar 16, 2021||Rainbow||450||0.33||SPOKANE HATCHERY|
|Dec 4, 2020||Brown Trout||200||0.5||FORD HATCHERY|
|Mar 19, 2020||Rainbow||250||0.33||SPOKANE HATCHERY|
|Mar 16, 2020||Rainbow||2,296||2.7||SPOKANE HATCHERY|