West Medical Lake

From Oct. 6-9, WDFW will conduct a chemical treatment (rotenone) in the isolated ponds near the south shoreline of West Medical Lake to eradicate invasive Goldfish. See the notice for more information. 

This lake was rehabilitated in fall 2018 due to illegally stocked Goldfish.  The lake will be stocked with catchable Rainbow Trout prior to opening day (fourth Saturday in April).  The lake will also be stocked with a generous number of spring fry Rainbow Trout as well as Brown Trout in 2019. 

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. An adjacent resort offers dock fishing. Walk-in shoreline access on the north end, through private property, is no longer legal.

WDFW water access areas on this lake

Species you might catch

Lake information

County: Spokane
Acreage: 205.80 ac.
Elevation: 2427 ft.
Center: 47.57066, -117.707884
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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

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